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A Look at Senior Skin Concerns

Aging is a normal and natural part of life. As you age, you can expect changes to happen in your body, so it’s essential to pay attention so that you can have a happy and healthy aging experience. In addition to changes in your internal organs, your skin can start to change as you get older. Some of these changes are cosmetic, while others could have serious consequences on your overall health. Keep reading for a look at skin concerns for seniors, and to learn how your Tucson dermatologist can help you address these concerns. Wrinkles Perhaps the most common and well-recognized sign of aging in the skin is the formation of wrinkles. Wrinkles start to form as your skin loses its natural elasticity. Everyone starts to form wrinkles at different ages based on heredity as well as lifestyle choices. Smokers tend to have more wrinkles at an earlier age, and excessive sun exposure can create premature wrinkles. Your doctor may be able to recommend cosmetic dermatology treatments if you are concerned with the appearance of wrinkles. Dry, Itchy Skin Dry skin that flakes and itches becomes more common as you get older, and is normally caused by the loss of oil glands which help keep your skin soft and supple. Lotions and oils may provide relief for itchy skin, and your dermatologist may have advice on other ways to keep your skin comfortable. Itchy skin can sometimes be a sign of a more serious health issue, so be sure to consult your dermatologist if you are concerned. Skin Cancer After a lifetime of exposure to UV rays, skin cancer can develop. In fact, about one million Americans each year will develop a skin cancer by the time they reach age 65. Be vigilant protecting your skin from the sun by wearing broad-spectrum sunscreen and covering up your arms, legs, head, and neck if you must be outside during the hottest parts of the day. Specialists in Dermatology of Tucson was founded in 1998 to provide patients of all ages with high-quality healthcare and treatment for issues relating to the skin. Call us at (520) 382-3330 to schedule an appointment to discuss your skin concerns with one of our experienced and friendly dermatologists.