Aging Skin

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Aging skin is something that everyone, everywhere experiences. While some are genetically predetermined to age faster or earlier, at some point everyone will have visible signs of aging. Unless rare skin conditions are present, aging of the skin will begin in the mid-twenties and will continue throughout a person’s life. While Botox® injections and surgical procedures have been used to help “defy” the signs of aging, it is simply inevitable that it will occur. However, there are certain things that everyone, everywhere can do to protect their skin from aging too quickly.

Those who live in the tropics or subtropics are more prone to early aging due to the over exposure that their skin receives to the sun’s damaging rays. Those who work outdoors or who spend a great deal of time outside engaging in recreational activities are also prone to seeing their skin age at a quicker rate. It is also important to understand the role that artificial sources of ultraviolet radiation (UV), such as indoor tanning, has in regards to aging of the skin. Tobacco smokers are also greatly affected by premature aging around the mouth, cheeks, eyes, and hands due to the exposure of harmful chemical in tobacco products.

The skin is the largest organ of the human body. It is a living organ that constantly changes, adapts, and regulates itself to the atmosphere around it. Because no “fountain of youth” has ever been proven to exist, everyone will continue to go through the aging process. Some, of course, handle it better than others. Many people view aging skin as a rite of passage into full adulthood and maturity, while many others want to fight the signs of aging at all costs. It is understandable that aging skin brings forth many emotions regarding how people feel about themselves. With every look in the mirror, people are reminded that more and more time is going by.

At Medical Dermatology Specialists, we applaud those who graciously accept the aging of their skin and who take the means to protect their skin. Aging skin is prone to certain types of skin cancer, including some types of melanoma. Proper care of the skin will protect it from sun damage, and it can help many to overcome the feelings of insecurity that come with growing older.

If you want to learn more about how to properly care for your skin, please contact Medical Dermatology Specialists today.

Posted on behalf of Dr. Jamie Weisman, Medical Dermatology Specialists, Inc.