While inflammation is often thought of us an internal problem, it's often possible to spotsigns of inflammation externally, in the form of acne, rashes, and swelling — among other things. "The skin is our largest organ and its relatively rapid cell turnover makes it a window to our overall health," Kristin Koskinen, RDN, LD, CD, a registered dietitian nutritionist, tells Bustle. So even though these symptoms may seem minor, try not to ignore them.
Do keep in mind, however, that not all inflammation is created equally. And not all inflammation is bad. "Inflammation is the body’s response to injury or infection and in acute situations, is a necessary part of the healing process," Koskinen says. "However, when inflammation becomes chronic, it becomes the source of diseases often related to aging, including diabetes, heart disease ... and Alzheimer’s disease."
If you notice signs of inflammation, let your doctor know so they can look into the underlying cause. And, consider making a few lifestyle changes. "Eat a variety of anti-inflammatory foods, such as those high in fiber, fruits, vegetables, nuts and seeds, herbs and spices, teas, sea vegetables, [and] wild-caught fish," Dr. Josh Axe, CNM, CNS, DC tells Bustle. "Foods high in antioxidants help to reduce damage caused by inflammation by providing phytonutrients like vitamin C and E, curcumin, flavonoids, omega-3 fatty acids, and reservatrol."