Skin Aging - Treatment and Prescriptions

What is Skin Aging?

As we age, so does the appearance of our skin. Skin aging is a natural part of life, but it doesn’t mean we have to endure the symptoms as long as we have methods to slow it down. Skin aging is the result of genetics and a lifetime accumulation of sun damage on the skin. Therefore, a lot of the treatment options include protection against it or reducing what it’s done. The sooner one protects themselves from over exposure from the sun, the more they can slow their own skin aging. Although, there are still options one can take to slow or reverse aging even when one expresses many of the symptoms. Our care team will help you achieve your perfect complexion! With thousands of hours of in-person and digital clinical experience treating skin, we know what works, and at costs that won’t break the bank. The clock is ticking for your skin, but we can do something about that. The doctor can see you now.
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Close up picture of wrinkles on a patient's hand. Wrinkles on hands that are a normal part of aging. Crow's Feet is a part of aging but can be accelerated by sun exposure and smoking. Age Spots on an elderly woman. Age spots are the result of excess production of melanin, or skin pigment. Skin Aging taking place in an elderly woman. Your skin changes as you age. You might notice wrinkles, age spots and dryness. Your skin also becomes thinner and loses fat, making it less plump and smooth.

Symptoms

Skin aging is apparent all throughout life, but there are a few symptoms you might’ve not thought is a part of skin aging. Here are some signs of skin aging that you might want to prevent or take care of:
  • Lines and wrinkles
  • Crow’s Feet
  • Dull skin
  • Skin is very dry
  • Age spots
  • Easily bruised
  • Sagging skin

Causes

Sun exposure and genetics weather away at your healthy, youthful skin. Aging makes skin start losing its elasticity to make fine lines and wrinkles. Skin takes longer to heal, and other consequences of aging could even cause skin to be dry and itchy.
  • Lines and wrinkles – Collagen and elastin skin cells are weakened by age and UV rays and creases in skin caused by movement.
  • Crow’s Feet – Collagen and elastin skin cells are weakened by age and UV rays, and creases in skin caused by blinking and smiling.
  • Dull skin – Dead skin layers due to low cell turnover rate and weakened circulation with age.
  • Skin is very dry – Loss of oil glands with age.
  • Age spots – Skin over produces melanin to protect against UV rays.
  • Easily bruised – Natural fat tissue thinning and blood vessels lose elasticity meaning they break easier.
  • Sagging skin – Collagen and elastin skin cells are weakened by age and UV rays.

Treatment

There is no cure for aging, but scientists are working on it! In the meanwhile, we’ll have to face the wrinkles, age spots, and dryness head on. There are treatments available to slow down skin aging and even reverse it a little to shave years off your age. There might not be a way to do so via genetics, but medicine can at least do something about issues regarding sun exposure.

Home Remedies

While home remedies have taken on popularity, there are little to no studies confirming the effectiveness of such treatments. In some cases, it might even do more harm than good considering their minimal effectiveness versus the unknown side effects they could have on your body. It’s best to follow the medical advice of a dermatologist because they know what will or will not treat the disease. Here are some popular home remedies that you should be careful with:
  • Honey
  • Coconut oil
  • Superfoods
  • Minerals

Over the Counter Medication

While some over the counter (OTC) medications are effective enough to be given as prescriptions, other OTC medications have limited effects on disease. They might help for mild to moderate cases, but they aren’t usually effective on severe ones. If used incorrectly and without guidance, they might even prove to be ineffective and produce unforeseen side effects. However, a dermatologist can tell you whether or not these can be effective for you. Here are some OTC medications that may or may not be included in a treatment plan given by one of our dermatologists:
  • Antioxidants – Stops free radicals from damaging skin which might cause aging.
  • Retinoids – Increases cell turnover to renew layers of skin, fighting wrinkles, and reducing melanin production in darkened skin.

Prescription

Prescriptions, alongside professional medical advice, are the most effective form of treatment. Home remedies and over the counter treatments take plenty of time, energy, and money, yet are uncertain to work. Our experienced dermatologists take your unique skin, set of symptoms, and medical history into account to take the guessing game out of your road to recovery. Here are some prescriptions your dermatologist might include in your personalized treatment plan:
  • Retinoids – Prescription retinoids greatly increase cell turnover to renew layers of skin, fighting wrinkles, and reducing melanin production in darkened skin.
Our dermatologists have resolved countless skin aging cases with medications and treatment plans that are proven to prevent skin aging. Trust dermatologists, the experts on skin aging.
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Post Treatment Prevention

After being seen by one of our SkyMD dermatologists, you’ve been equipped with the treatment plan and prescription(s) to treat your discomfort. However, disease can be persistent, so you have to be too. A skin care routine and a set of disease-preventing habits recommended by our dermatologists are essential for long term prevention. Here are some popular prevention strategies that could supplement your personalized treatment plan:
  • Protect your skin by wearing sunscreen daily
  • Avoid tanning
  • Wear protective clothing and gear against sun
  • Don’t smoke
  • Avoid excessive drinking
  • Eating a balanced diet
  • Stay out of the sun

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