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How does sunlight affect the skin aging process?

How does sunlight affect the skin aging process?

Causing wrinkles: Uva is the one causing significant wrinkling which looks "aging". Uva also causes "solar elastosis" which makes skin look old (slightly yellow orange-skin look alike). ...Read more

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Dr. Steven Zimmet
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Skin Aging (Definition)

Skin aging is a term for the changes that occur to the skin with age, mostly caused by exposure to sunlight. These changes include thinning, wrinkling, ...Read more


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How does the sun affect skin?

How does the sun affect skin?

Sun: Great question! sun does many things to the skin--very few of them positive. The most well-known and studied effects are degradation (breakdown) of the collagen in the skin leading to aging and wrinkles and the ultraviolet radiation that promotes skin cancer. You will stay younger-looking longer and reduce risk of skin cancer by avoiding the sun. ...Read more

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How can the sun affect acne?

How can  the sun affect acne?

Not alot: Sun does not generally affect acne but it in some individuals who are more prone to post-inflammatory hyperoigmentation may be experience increased darkening of the acne affected areas if exposed to the sun. Use non-comedogenic sunscreens in this instance. ...Read more

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How can skin cancer affect the whole body?

How can skin cancer affect the whole body?

Usually doesn't: However sometimes skin cancers can metastasize and spread to distant parts of the body. Also, the same sun damage which caused one skin cancer, has made other parts of the skin vulnerable to cancer as well. ...Read more

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How does skin color affect skin cancer prevention?

How does skin color affect skin cancer prevention?

Darker is protective: Skin cancer is 20 times more likely in whites versus black skin. The darker the inherent color of the skin the less likely to get skin cancer. This does not mean to go and get a tan to protect or prevent cancer. In fact sun exposure, uv light exposure and tanning booths are all risk factors to get skin cancer. Using sun screens and preventing sunburns is helpful. ...Read more

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Does melanin in the skin prevent cancer?

Does melanin in the skin prevent cancer?

Yes, but partially: All skin colors can develop skin cancer but it is most common in lighter skin individuals . Skin cancer is less common in africans although they do develop skin cancer occasionally on the lip and sole and palms where there is less melanin. Even darker skin individuals should be examined as part of their exams for signs of skin cancer. ...Read more

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How does aging affect your eyes?

How does aging affect your eyes?

Several ways: As you age, you will get cataracts. Your eyes may become dry, you may develop blepharitis (eyelid issues), your cornea may develop a blue ring and your sclera (white part) may darken. Then, of course, your risk of glaucoma and macular degeneration goes up as well. ...Read more

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Does genetic play any role in skin darkening when exposed to sun?

Does genetic play any role in skin darkening when exposed to sun?

Yes: Yes everything that we are has to do with genetics. If your skin is a darker hue then you will tan faster. If you are a redhead with white skin please stay out of the sun. ...Read more

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How much willsunlight exposure contribute to skin aging?

How much willsunlight exposure contribute to skin aging?

Sunlight(UV) & aging: A study published in 2013 showed that UV ray account for a whopping 80% of skin aging , including wrinkles. Remember that it is not sunlight but "light" and the UVA, UVB and IR radiation that is the culprit. This is the reason that DAILY application of a broad spectrum, antioxidant sunscreen is a critical step in maintaining youthful, healthy skin, whether it is sunny, cloudy or overcast. ...Read more

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How will dermatitis affect the body?

How will dermatitis affect the body?

The skin is: The largest organ in the body. A breach in its integrity can lead to a more invasive and serious infection, i.e., flesh eating bacteria. Cosmetic issues are not silly. ...Read more

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How does zinc aid in depigmentation of skin?

How does zinc aid in depigmentation of skin?

Hmmm: Zinc and titanium oxides are uv light blockers protecting the skin from harmful solar irradiation. They're extensively used in sunscreens. Zinc is necessary in the production of melanin inside cells. So zinc isn't useful for depigmentation of skin (on it or inside pigment cells). Usually bleaches applied to the skin may cause lightening of color. ...Read more

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How does low estrogen affect skin wrinkling?

How does low estrogen affect skin wrinkling?

It increase the : Wrinkling process, it is often noticed that after the menopause women begin to age faster. Wrinkles spread rapidly; skin quickly loses elasticity and smoothness. To a large degree this seems to result from the decline in estrogen levels after the menopause. Of all hormones that decline with age, Estrogens have the most dramatic effect on the skin. ...Read more

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Will a fractional laser treatment damage my skin? I've heard that fractional laser treatments help improve the look of the skin by removing layers of skin cells, and the healing process is what restores growth to the damaged areas. Does this mean that my

Will a fractional laser treatment damage my skin? I've heard that fractional laser treatments help improve the look of the skin by removing layers of skin cells, and the healing process is what restores growth to the damaged areas. Does this mean that my

After : After any resurfacing procedure there is a period where the new skin lining has to grow in. During this stage there will be redness and crusting. The timing for this process depends on the depth of treatment and your skin type. ...Read more

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Will a fractional laser treatment damage my skin? I've heard that fractional laser treatments help improve the look of the skin by removing layers of skin cells, and the healing process is what restores growth to the damaged areas. Does this mean that my

The : The procedure is designed to produce controlled "damage" of the skin with regeneration helping to produce a more youthful appearance.. If done properly there should be no permanent damage that is unsightly.... Bwc. ...Read more

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Does using a topical antioxidant like vitamin c inhibit only the overproduction of melanin or also normal production? Don't wan't to lighten skin tone

Does using a topical antioxidant like vitamin c inhibit only the overproduction of melanin or also normal production? Don't wan't to lighten skin tone

Vitamin C: I strongly recommend you go soon to a public library and seek books that will help you understand the good and not so good data. In general you should be OK but please read some books. The librarian will help you. ...Read more

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The sun causes skin cancer but is vital for optimal skin health. How do you balance sun exposure then? How much is good?

The sun causes skin cancer but is vital for optimal skin health. How do you balance sun exposure then? How much is good?

I wear sunscreen: all the time even on cloudy days as UV still gets through. I take 2000mg Vitamin D every day. I would check your Vitamin D level and get on supplements. Even a little sun can cause skin cancer especially if you are susceptible or have family history ...Read more

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How does diabetes affect the skin?

In many ways: You do not only glycate your hemoglobin creating glycohemoglobin (the main one hba1-c) you also glycosilate your connective tissue hardening it and your skin looses its elasticy and also aquires a wax type appearance. Long term the small nerves that give your skin sensation of pain(danger signals) also get damaged and ulcers do to unrecognizad pressure come in and are very slow at healing. ...Read more

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Why can the tretionin cream improve the skin texture? Does this mean the tretinoin will help thicken the skin and improve pores?

 Why can the tretionin cream improve the skin texture?  Does this mean the tretinoin will help thicken the skin and improve pores?

Actually yes: The retinoid acid in tretinoin cream causes a thickening of the epidermis, which will tighten pores, reduce wrinkles, its one of the best anti-aging products available other than sunscreen ...Read more