How Does Aging Affect Your Skin?

At some point, aging creeps up on everyone, announcing itself in many ways. The skin is often first to show signs of aging, both medically and cosmetically. Here are some common skin changes that occur as part of the aging process.

Acne

Many individuals think of acne as a “teenagers only” affliction; however, acne may still prevail amongst adults, especially women. Acne in adulthood may either be a result of hormones or certain skin care products; in both situations, excessive oil causes the appearance of acne. If acne has been caused by a product, ceasing use of said product is often sufficient for clearing the skin. Hormonal acne may be treated with antibiotics, topical creams, or contraceptives.

Leg Veins

Spider veins and varicose veins may appear on the legs over time. Spider veins typically occur in individuals who spend most of their day on their feet and pregnant women, although they are not usually painful. Varicose veins are a result of blood valve malfunction and may cause soreness in the legs. Spider veins may be treated with injections known as sclerotherapy, while varicose veins are typically treated with lasers.

Hair Loss

Hair loss often occurs due to genetics, although its likelihood of occurrence increases with age. The most common form of hair loss amongst both men and women occurs as a result of downsized hair follicles, causing hair to remain on the head for a shorter period of time. Since hair loss may also occur as a result of certain conditions, it is important to consult with a dermatologist to determine the cause so that appropriate treatment can be sought.

Rosacea

Rosacea commonly causes redness and swelling, typically on the face. While rosacea can occur at any age, it is most common in women over the age of 50. Certain diet and behavioral modifications may minimize the occurrence of rosacea; however topical medications are necessary for effective treatment. Sunscreen is also important for managing rosacea, as it is often triggered by ultraviolet rays.

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You don’t have to accept the changes to your skin as “part of the aging process.” Contact us today to schedule a consultation and learn your options. At Advanced Dermatology, PC, our board-certified dermatologists are experts at treating a full range of skin conditions, both cosmetic and medical in nature. Our ten conveniently located offices welcome patients from Queens, Long Island – Nassau/Suffolk (Roslyn/Albertson, West Islip, Commack, East Setauket), New York City, Westchester County, Bergen County, NJ, Union County, NJ, and all surrounding areas.

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