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Aging Skin

At any age, you can help slow aging skin and retain a youthful appearance. Aging alone is only one process that leads to wrinkled, spotted skin.

Over years, environmental factors take their toll. Sun exposure is the most damaging. You can see sun damage by looking at your face, hands and other areas of your skin that have been exposed to sunlight year after year. Compare those to skin in areas of your body rarely exposed to the sun. Unexposed areas are almost certainly softer, with fewer discolorations and wrinkles. Not only does exposed skin look older, it may have more risk for skin cancer.

Sunlight is made up of many kinds of light. The kind that causes skin damage is called ultraviolet (UV). UV light causes tanning and sunburn. Tanning beds expose your skin to UV light as well. Tanning and sunburn are both signs of damage to the skin.

Smoking damages skin as well by reducing the amount of collagen in the tissue. Collagen is a protein that supports and strengthens skin. Smoking also damages elastin, a similar protein that helps skin spring back when it is stretched. With fewer of these proteins, skin may sag and wrinkle. Every year of smoking does more damage to your skin, another reason why you should stop smoking now

You can take steps to prevent skin damage and slow the process of aging skin. Indiana University Health recommends a variety of changes you can make to reduce environmental damage to your skin. We also offer treatments that remove layers of damaged skin and encourage growth of new, younger-looking skin. Our patient-centered, comprehensive care produces excellent results. Most people see years taken off their appearance and enjoy healthier, rejuvenated skin.

Many of our physicians are also faculty members at Indiana University School of Medicine, where we educate the next generation of physicians. As part of our mission to provide innovative treatments, we are currently researching the healing effects of wounding laser treatments. These treatments cause a special kind of skin damage that encourages the skin to rejuvenate itself. Removal of layers damaged by age and environmental factors may even reduce risk of skin cancer.

How We Can Help

How We Can Help

Aging Skin Treatment Information

Treatment of aging skin starts by avoiding environmental damage. A major cause of aging skin is exposure to ultraviolet light (UV). Melanin is a substance in skin that helps prevent UV damage. Darker skin has more melanin, but even dark skin loses strength and elasticity with repeated exposure to sunlight and tanning beds.

Here are some ways you can avoid damage that causes skin to age prematurely:

Many products advertise that they reduce wrinkling and make skin more youthful. However, some over-the-counter (OTC) creams that claim to make skin more youthful promise more than they deliver. We recommend retinoids, such as Retin A, which helps the skin rejuvenate itself, reducing lines and restoring healthy, even coloring.

IU Health also offers treatments that remove outer layers of skin and promote the development of collagen, a protein that strengthens skin and helps reduce wrinkles. Treatments include:

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Aging Skin Support Services

It is important to learn about skin rejuvenation processes before you choose a procedure. Educate yourself so you understand the risks and have realistic expectations of the outcome.