From the soft skin of newborns to the wrinkled complexion of seniors, nearly every person in every generation is subject to some degree of skin issues. While each micro-generation from Boomers to Gen Z idealizes their brand of nostalgia, when it comes to any sort of skin abnormality or frustration, most would love to leave the memory of bad skin in the past. The journey of life begins with a fresh-faced complexion toward the wisdom of age. Caring for skin in every season of life includes implementing targeted treatments and preventative measures in anticipation of the next set of skin challenges to come. No matter what stage of life you are in, it is never too early or too late to prioritize skin health and vitality. 

Common skin conditions in infancy and childhood include diaper rash, cradle cap, eczema, warts and acne. Diaper rash, caused by prolonged exposure to moisture, can be eased with frequent diaper changes and gentle cleansing. Cradle cap, characterized by crusty patches on the scalp, often resolves with gentle washing and brushing. Eczema, though challenging, can be managed with moisturizing creams and identifying triggers like harsh soaps or allergens. As children grow, their skin faces new challenges including acne, eczema flare-ups and warts. Acne, fueled by hormonal changes during puberty, can be managed with proper cleansing, topical treatments and, in severe cases, oral medications. Eczema may persist into adolescence with stress and allergens triggering flare-ups. Warts, caused by viral infections, can be treated with over-the-counter remedies or professional interventions like cryotherapy.

In your roaring twenties, you’re likely reveling in the bloom of youth, but it’s also a time when you may start noticing subtle changes in your skin. Common issues include acne flare-ups, uneven skin tone and the early signs of sun damage. As 20-somethings are entering college and the workforce, common skincare concerns include dull and tired skin due to lack of sleep and stress. While it may not be evident just yet on twenty-year old skin, collagen production begins to dwindle by as much as 1% each year beginning in the mid-to-late 20s. Spot treatments for breakouts, incorporating daily wear broad-spectrum sunscreen, a focus on hydrating and moisturizing the skin are primary focuses. 

As you enter your thriving 30s, your skin may start to show more visible signs of aging such as fine lines, sunspots, pigmentation changes, loss of volume and loss of elasticity. It’s a crucial time to establish a solid anti-aging routine including adding topical retinoids and antioxidants to rejuvenate and firm the skin by stimulating collagen production and combating free radical damage. Continue prioritizing sun protection to prevent and repel further sun damage and minimize the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.

For the fabulous 40s, hormonal changes and cumulative sun exposure may lead to more pronounced signs of aging including deeper wrinkles, sagging skin and hyperpigmentation. Consider incorporating professional treatments such as chemical peels, microdermabrasion, dermaplaning or laser therapy to address specific concerns like sun damage or uneven skin tone. Investing in routine cosmetic procedures like fillers and Botox will reverse the signs of aging to achieve the skin you desire.

As you embrace your fierce 50s and beyond, the second half of your life begins. However, your skin may become thinner and more prone to age-related concerns such as deep wrinkles, sagging neck & jowl areas, easier bruising and age spots. Skin also becomes more translucent highlighting broken capillaries on the cheeks, nose, chin and legs.  Hormonal changes bring about a resurgence of acne as well as an increase of skin dryness. Double down on hydration with emollient-rich creams and serums to replenish moisture and strengthen the skin barrier. Some individuals may choose surgical options such as facelifts and others may choose to embrace their signs of aging, but maintaining healthy and happy skin is an option available no matter your age. 

At CLIENT NAMETHE CENTER for Advanced Dermatology we specialize in dermatology for all ages, addressing skin concerns from pediatrics to geriatrics. Call today at 602-867-7546 or visit WEBSITE for information.