“Your eyes speak the truth when everything else is a lie.” This is not a mere proverb to brighten up your day but one that is meant to open your eyes to a stark truth – your eyes are perhaps the first ones to signal the beginning of a problematic skin condition. If you feel any kind of change in the way your eyes are behaving, it’s time to pay attention.

Some skin disorders are first manifested through the eyes. If your eyes are experiencing dryness, redness or severe itching, it must be the onset of a skin disease.

Dry eyes are a strong symptom of a skin problem. Consider the skin condition called Rosacea. An inflammatory skin condition that causes red, pus-filled bumps on the face, could kick off with redness and irritation of the eyes, and swelling of eyelids. This condition, known as ocular rosacea, may also be related to mites living on the eyelashes or bacteria from the skin, which travel to the eyelids.

Ocular itching or itchy eyes can also be the sign of Pruritus, a common skin condition identified by itchy skin. Itchy eyes signal atopic dermatitis or psoriasis, which eventually lead to whole body itching, inflammation and rashes. Look out for symptoms such as swelling around the eyelids or scaly eyelids.

Blepharitis, which is the inflammation or swelling of the eyelids could indicate dandruff or rosacea. This condition of the eye could also suggest a skin rash due to an allergic reaction.

To sum things up, the health of your eyes is an indication of your overall health. Hence, when you experience dryness, itching, redness or swelling of the eyes, consult a medical practitioner to get to the root of the problem.