Your skin should match your outlook
Medical science and the quest for healthy living has a great number of people feeling much younger than their age. It is truly believable that 50 is the new 40, or maybe even 35. Certainly during the 19th and 20th century, turning 50 marked the beginning of the end, but these days, what we used to consider to be middle aged is actually the start of our best years. Although many of us have a great story to tell, unfortunately, the cover of our book is a little worse for wear.
Our skin does a marvelous and miraculous job of protecting us from the elements, and it pays the price, sometimes aging must faster than the rest of our body. Changes in the skin are common and natural as people grow older. Skin changes are not necessarily a sign of poor health, it may simply be related to a number of factors such as cumulative genetic makeup, diet and nutrition, sun exposure, lifestyle, and even occupation. Arguably, the greatest single factor for aging of the skin is sun exposure.
Consider the many skin changes that we experience as we age:
- Years and decades of aging causes the outer skin layer to become thinner. The number of cells that contain skin pigment decreases, often causing aging skin to look thinner, paler, and somewhat translucent. You will also notice the appearance of large pigmented spots, appropriately called age spots, or liver spots in areas that are regularly exposed to the sun.
- In addition to becoming thinner, the skin loses much of its strength and elasticity. This is often the case with individuals who have spent many years working or playing in the outdoors. This condition is common to farmers, sailors, construction workers, and most anyone who spends a lot of time outdoors.
- The blood vessels in the layer of skin called the dermis become increasingly fragile. This leads to bruising and bleeding under the skin. The sebaceous glands produce less oil as you age, making it harder to keep the skin moist.
- The subcutaneous fat layer of skin will thin, making it less insulating and providing less padding. This not only increases your risk of skin injury, it is a huge factor that reduces a person’s ability to maintain body temperature. Loss of subcutaneous fat also affects the effectiveness of medications that are absorbed through the skin.
- The sweat glands produce less sweat, making it harder to maintain body temperature in hot weather.
- Aging skin repairs itself more slowly than younger skin, affecting wound healing and resistance to infections.
Anti-aging skin treatment
Cosmetic dermatology offers a treatment that can slow down the aging clock, and keep you looking as young as you feel. It has been documented that regular treatments using Fotofacial or broadband light rejuvenation called Forever Young BBL™ functionally delays skin aging. A few of the other options for anti-aging include:
- Chemical Peel
- Laser Skin Peels
- BBL Photo Rejuvenation
- Collagen Induction Therapy
Comprehensive care for aging skin in Charlotte
The clinicians at Dermatology Specialists of Charlotte can provide high quality, innovative skin care including medical and cosmetic dermatology in a caring and professional environment. Dr. Nixon and Dr. Haught are board certified dermatologists whose dedication, experience, and knowledge will provide the best possible treatment for your skin, hair, and cosmetic concerns. Dermatology Specialists of Charlotte also offers medical, cosmetic, and surgical dermatology; BBL Photo Rejuvenation. They provide a full range of cosmetic offerings such as skin tightening, fat reduction, chemical peels, Botox treatments, microdermabrasion, and more. Call their office today for a skin care evaluation and analysis of your concerns regarding aging skin or any other skin condition.