Types And Causes of Aging Skin

The skin becomes thinner and more easily damaged with skin ages. Decreasing ability of skin to heal itself is intensifying this effect as a person ages. Among many other signs, the skin aging is pointed out by a decrease in elasticity and volume. Skin aging may caused by many internal and external reasons. Such as, aging skin obtain lower blood flow and less glandular activity.
A comprehensive ranking or grading scale has classified the skin aging as sagging (laxity), wrinkles (rhytids) and the various aspect of photoaging, together with redness (erythema/telangiectasia), brown discoloration (dyspigmentation), yellowing (solar elastosis), abnormal growths (keratoses) and poor texture.

Aging Skin Care

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It has been shown by the research that there are two different categories or types of aging skin. One is called intrinsic aging and other is known as extrinsic aging. Intrinsic aging is caused by the genes we inherit while the extrinsic aging is caused by environmental factors. Exposure to the sun’s rays is one of the environmental factors.

Intrinsic aging is a continuous process that normally begins in the age of mid-20. It is the natural aging process. In this age the production of collagen slows down that is a substance which gives elasticity to the skin and enables the skin to snap back into its place. Dead and lifeless cells of skin do not shed as rapidly. Furthermore the turnover of new skin cells may reduce slightly. Intrinsic signs of aging may not visible for decades but these changes normally begin in our 20s. The signs of intrinsic aging are fine wrinkles, delicate and transparent skin, deficiency of underlying fat that leads the hollowing cheeks, eye sockets along with noticeable loss of firmness on the neck and hands. Skin sagging is caused by bone loss as bones shrink away from the skin. Inability to sweat amply to cool the skin, dry skin, graying hair that finally turns white, hair loss, unwanted hair are also the signs of aging.

It also depends on genes that how quickly they control the normal aging process. You may notice that some people see their first gray hairs in their 20s while others may not see graying until their 40s. People having Werner’s syndrome usually appear elderly in their 30s. Werner’s syndrome is a rare inherited condition that accelerates the normal aging process. These people notice their hair graying and thin in their teens.

The extrinsic aging factors frequently act together with the normal aging process to age our skin too early. As most premature aging is caused by environmental factors and the most serious is sun exposure. Other extrinsic factors that age our skin includes gravity, repetitive facial expressions, sleeping posture and smoking.

If you are worried by visible signs of aging then there is no need to be worried as there are number of treatments for aging skin available. The persons with busy lifestyle may use botulinum toxin and Injectable fillers as they do not want the inconvenience of a long recovery. The procedure of radiofrequency offers an alternative to the facelift. Other treatments that can restore the skin include topical treatments, dermabrasion, chemical peeling, laser resurfacing and microdermabrasion. These treatments give the skin a smoother and refreshed appearance.

The scientific research in the field of anti-aging give rise to new and promising treatment alternatives. You can consult a dermatologist that helps you to sort through the numerous available options. The dermatologist will definitely check your skin, ask for your expectations and then recommend suitable treatment alternatives.