Aging skin problems develop as we get older. Wrinkles and sagging skin are usually the most noticeable aging skin problems but there are many others that may be present such as:
- Age Spots or Liver Spots
- Skin tags
- Hair loss
- Excess hair (Hirsutism)
- Skin Cancer
- Sun Damage
- Varicose Veins
- Spider Veins
- Dry Skin
Most aging skin problems can be avoided if proper skin care is taken from a young age. Since the skin is on the outside of the body and it ends up protecting the body in so many ways, the aging process can affect it in an obvious way. Here is a look at some of the problems that can occur to the skin, what causes aging and some information on prevention and treatment.
Causes of Aging Skin It’s important to understand that a variety of different things can cause problems with the skin. There are two types of causes for aging, which include intrinsic aging and extrinsic aging.
Intrinsic aging causes are basically natural. Usually the body begins to age once you are in your mid 20s, and some of the skin processes begin slowing a bit after you reach a certain age. Collagen production may slow down, dead skin cell shedding doesn’t occur as often and the body doesn’t produce skin cells as fast anymore. While it may take a long time for us to realize these issues are occurring, it will eventually begin showing up on the skin in the form of thinning, sagging, fine wrinkles and lines. Skin may become dry, it may lose some firmness and cheeks may appear more hollow as well.
Some aging causes occur due to external causes. These external causes may make the skin age prematurely. Gravity, sleeping on the side of your face or even repeating certain facial expressions may cause extrinsic aging to occur. Smoking and too much sun exposure can be extrinsic causes of aging as well.
The best thing you can do is to be proactive in preventing aging skin problems from developing in the first place. Smart skin care can help you to prevent problems from occurring in the future or to slow the progression of current problems. Many things can be done to prevent the skin from aging as quickly. Eating foods that include antioxidants, avoiding the rays of the sun and using quality skin care products may be able to slow or prevent many aging skin problems.
While you can do your best to prevent skin problems from occurring, you can’t always prevent the signs of aging. The good news is that there are great treatment solutions available today. In Phoenix, Dr. Holy has several treatment options available depending on your unique skin. If you would like to schedule a skin examination with Dr. Holy, contact The Center for Advanced Dermatology at 602-867-7546 or mddermsolutions.com today.