“There are many factors that contribute to aging skin, but the good news is that there are many effective treatments available to keep your skin looking healthy and young.”
- Georgann A. Poulos, M.D.
What Causes Wrinkles and Age or Sun Spots?
Exposure to ultraviolet radiation (UV) emitted by the sun and indoor tanning booths are the main causes of premature skin aging. How wrinkled your skin becomes depends on many factors, including your genetics, skin tone, and how much time you have spent tanning. Individuals with fair skin and excessive UV exposure are particularly susceptible to damaged skin. Age spots are flat, brown marks on the skin called lentigines. They are caused by UV exposure and often appear on the face, chest, back, back of hands. A presumed age or sun spot should be checked by a Board Certified Dermatologist to make sure this is not a more concerning skin lesion such as a melanoma (type of skin cancer).
Cosmetic procedures administered by a Board Certified Dermatologist offer excellent results to treat aging skin conditions. These procedures can include: chemical peels, laser surgery, facial fillers, and botulinum injections.
Skin Care Products
A good topical regimen is the foundation for improving the quality of one’s skin. A broad spectrum sunscreen is the most effective anti-aging product you can buy. Tretinoin (Retin ATM), a substance in the Vitamin A family, has been shown to reduce fine lines and wrinkles and improve the appearance of the skin over time. Over- the-counter products containing retinols are also Vitamin A derivatives; however these are not as effective as the tretinoin. Alpha hydroxyl acids (AHAs) can exfoliate the skin surface thereby reducing rough texture and possibly improving fine lines. Topical products that contain Vitamin C can also be antiaging. Products with glycolic acid, hydroquinone, vitamin C, kojic acid, licorice extracts, and Vitamin B3 can sometimes help lighten dark spots and unwanted pigment on the skin. A new skin care regimen may take at least six to eight weeks to start working, so be patient.
Brecksville Dermatology offers a vast array of options to treat your aging skin from skin care products to cosmetic procedures. Call our office at 440-792-4802 to schedule your personalized cosmetic consultation with Dr. Poulos.