12 Days of Dermatology – Day Four: Aging Skin

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No trip to the Fountain of Youth necessary this holiday season when you know one of the main factors of aging skin, the sun.

Exposure to the sun is one of the main contributors to skin aging, causing wrinkles and sun spots.

How wrinkled one’s skin becomes depends on factors such as skin color and history of long-term or intense sun exposure. Fair-skinned people who have a history exposure to the sun tend to develop more wrinkles and sun damage than dark-skinned individuals with similar sun exposure. Sunscreen with a sun protection factor (SPF) of at least 30 or higher not only protects the skin from UVA and UVB rays but is also one of the most effective methods in preventing wrinkles and sun damage.

Sun spots, also commonly known as “age spots” (or flat, brown areas called lentigines caused by UV light), and often appear on the face, chest, and back. People should avoid excessive sun exposure if they have a hereditary predisposition to the lentigines. Some treatments for sun spots are chemical peels, laser therapies, freezing with liquid nitrogen, and topical prescription.

For more information on cosmetic skin treatments for aging skin visit the AgingSkinNet section of www.skincarephysicians.com or come back for the twelfth day of dermatology – cosmetic surgery.

Published on 12/17/2009 | Last updated on 01/05/2017