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.
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:
- Coconut oil
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.
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:
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- Retinoids – Prescription retinoids greatly increase cell turnover to renew layers of skin, fighting wrinkles, and reducing melanin production in darkened skin.