Skin is our body’s largest organ and a mirror to what’s going on inside your body. As you get older, your skin changes because of loss of elasticity, thinning and dryness. Thin, inflexible skin makes aging skin more susceptible to certain conditions. While certain changes are unavoidable and natural, other skin conditions can be prevented or minimized by making lifestyle changes and taking care of general health.
Wrinkles are creased in the skin because of loss of collagen and elastin, fibers that hold skin together and give it smooth plump look. Some wrinkles are natural signs of aging and genetic often determines how many wrinkles you’ll have with advancing age. External factors, though, carry more weight. We’ve all seen two people who may be the same age. One person may have more wrinkles than the other, appearing as much as 10 years older. If you ask both of them questions, usually the one with fewer wrinkles has a different lifestyle. MedlinePlus Medical Encyclopedia says external factors include smoking and sun exposure. At a young age, wear sunscreen, don’t sunbathe or use tanning beds, and quit smoking. As you get older, moisturize skin. It may take trial and error to find the right skincare products.
Liver spots appear as flat, brownish-black spots that appear on the face, back of the hand, shoulders and forehead. These painless skin aberrations are often painless and not medically harmful. Like wrinkles, you can minimize liver spots by avoiding sun exposure during the hottest part of the day, applying SPF 30 sunscreen, and wearing protective clothing and protective sunglasses. To remove liver spots, a person may want to use skin bleaching lotions or creams or laser treatments. MedlinePlus Medical Encyclopedia says that you should see a doctor if these spots change.
Senile Purpura is a skin condition caused because of dermal tissue atrophy and weakened blood vessels related to aging, according to The Merck Manuals Online Medical Library. Usually appearing on the hands and forearms, senile purpura occurs from of bumping the area, some other form of trauma or chronic sun exposure. Initially, it appears as a red or purple dot that may fade over time or become a brown permanent bruise. This condition does not cause health conditions, and there are no treatments for them.
Stasis dermatitis occurs when fluid builds up in the body, causing swelling particularly in the ankles, arms and legs. MedlinePlus Medical Encyclopedia says varicose veins, congestive heart failure and other chronic conditions lead to poor circulation and swelling in the limbs. Complications related to this condition include bacterial infections, chronic leg ulcers, bone infections and permanent scars. Controlling your health conditions minimizes this condition and wearing elastic stocking improves circulation in the legs. Doctors may recommend topical creams or drain area to remove pus.
Dry, Itchy Skin
Dry, itchy skin often increases as you get older. University of Iowa Health Care suggests showering or bathing in warm water two or three times a week, applying lotion immediately after bathing, applying lotion at bedtime, drinking lots of water, using a humidifier during the winter and in dry climates, and avoiding alcohol, spicy foods and caffeine. You should also be aware of skincare products and cosmetics because some ingredients cause allergic reactions.
We can’t escape getting older and experiences some skin problems related to aging. We can, however, minimize some conditions by our lifestyle and protecting our skin. While it is better to start taking care of you skin when you are young, making changes even in your 40s, 50s and 60s can reverse some skin conditions.