What Do You Really Know About Aging Skin?
Our skin specialists in Keizer understand that patients have a lot of questions regarding how to slow down the effects of aging. The development of wrinkles, frown lines, and crow’s feet can obviously become a source of concern. But how much do you really know about aging skin and wrinkles? Let’s take a look at a few facts our skin specialists in Keizer think every patient should know about aging and what can be done to get the younger, healthier-looking skin they desire.
What’s the primary cause of wrinkles?
While you might think that aging is the primary culprit behind the development of wrinkles, long-term sun exposure actually tops the list. Every tan, sunburn, or time spent outdoors without wearing sunscreen can cause damage to the skin that leads to the development of wrinkles and other undesirable effects.
Since spending all of our time indoors isn’t really an option for most of us, our skin specialists in Keizer always recommend patients wear sunscreen whenever they leave the home. A broad-spectrum sunscreen – one of at least 30 SPF – will provide your skin with the protection it needs.
How long will the effects of a Botox inject last?
Whether injecting Botox, Xeomin, or Dysport, patients can expect the effects of these similar compounds to last between three to four months. Typically, it takes between one to three days for the effects to become noticeable. Then the effects usually peak after one to four weeks. After that, they will slowly wear off over the next three to four months. This is why Botox treatments should always be spread out by at least three months.
Does regularly using a moisturizer make wrinkles become less noticeable?
Yes! Our Keizer dermatologists recommend using a moisturizer to plump up fine lines and make any complexion look younger. A good moisturizer can work to prevent skin from drying out, which leads to the development of wrinkles. Many of the beauty brands that promise to eliminate wrinkles feature a moisturizer at their top ingredient.
Does smiling actually cause wrinkles?
Sadly, yes. Smiling – along with frowning, squinting, and any other repetitive facial motion – makes fine lines and wrinkles more noticeable over time simply because our skin loses elasticity as we age. Even more frustrating, facial exercises designed to improve muscle tone actually have the opposite effect.
What are the best types of products for helping skin to look younger?
Products that contain azelaic acid, alpha-hydroxy acids, and retinoids have all been proven to treat the signs of aging and make skin look and feel younger.
Retonic acid, a compound derived from vitamin A, can even reverse the changes caused by photoaging. Alpha-hydroxy and azelaic acids are two natural acids that you can use to lighten skin discolorations and exfoliate.
Can age spots be a sign of something more serious?
Yes. It’s important not to dismiss changes to the color or complexion of your skin as simply being part of the aging process. What you think may be an age spot could actually be melanoma or another type of skin cancer. If you notice any significant changes to your skin, it’s important to see our Keizer dermatologists. A little precaution can go a long way.
Does smoking really cause wrinkles?
Absolutely, and starting from a young age. One study found the appearance of facial wrinkles when view under a microscope in smokers as young as age 20. Long-term smoking will significantly increase your risk for developing deep wrinkles and skin that appears dry and leathery. Fortunately, smokers who quite can improve their skin tone once they kick the habit.
Our skin is a precious and vital part of maintaining a healthy body. Don’t neglect the health of your skin. Contact our Keizer office today to schedule your next appointment with our team at Valley View Dermatology.