Better-Looking Skin with Hypothyroidism


Susan Fishman

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Young girl with red hair and freckles

Hypothyroidism can wreak havoc on the skin. From swelling to hair loss, it can be hard to cope with some of the changes in your appearance. But there are some small steps you can take that can make a big difference in how you look and feel.

Healthy skin is influenced by hormones, and specifically depends on the thyroid hormone for things like hair growth and thickness. When thyroid function is altered, the skin can't do its job. It can become dry, cold and pale. Sometimes you don't sweat at all, and your palms and soles can become thick and dry. Wounds often heal slowly. The most common skin change is puffiness or swelling due to a build-up of fluid in deep layer of the skin (dermis), which can lead to swollen lips, hands, legs, face and eyelids.

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