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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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Does a severe sunburn cause skin aging, or is it caused by long-term sun exposure?

Does a severe sunburn cause skin aging, or is it caused by long-term sun exposure?

Both!: Acute sunburn causes more skin damage, and may increase risk of melanoma somewhat more than long-tern sun exposure, which still causes wrinkles, spots, and skin cancers as well. Radiation damage is cumulative over a lifetime, so both are not good! sort of like many toxic things--a little over a long time will kill you just as dead as a lot all at once! ...Read more

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Dermatology: does a sun tan lotion, with an SPF 6, allow for tanning and wards off damaging premature skin aging when applied frequently enough?

Dermatology: does a sun tan lotion, with an SPF 6, allow for tanning and wards off damaging premature skin aging when applied frequently enough?

Nope: Suntan is actually a sign of sun damage. You don't have to burn to have damage, although burning does increase your risk of skin cancers even more. You need an SPF of 30 or higher reapplied every 2 hours to ward off premature aging! ...Read more

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How can I stop premature skin aging?

How can I stop premature skin aging?

MOITURISE,AVOID SUN: You can prevent premature aging of the skin by keeping your skin moiturised, avoid too much sun exposure, dont smoke and dont drink too much. ...Read more

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What can reduce the apearance of premature skin aging?

What can reduce the apearance of premature skin aging?

Treating skin aging: You need an evaluation by a specialist to assess superficial wrinkles, pigmentation, laxity, elasticity, subcutaneous atrophy & other factors, etc. Topical agents, fillers, chemodenervation (botox), creams, oral agents, peels, resurfacing, lasers & surgery all offer improvements. Of course a diet with adequate nutrition, anti-oxidants, protein, hydration & avoidance of excess sun exposure & tobac. ...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 could i prevent skin aging?

How could i prevent skin aging?

Sun Protection: One of the most important steps you can do to preserve your skin is sun protection. That includes a good facial moisturizer with broad-spectrum sunscreen that filters out both uva and uvb rays. Over time, these rays can cause wrinkles, brown spots, and even skin cancer. Better yet, if you are planning on a spending a day outdoors, wear a wide-brimmed hat and and sun protective clothing. ...Read more

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Is there a way to prevent skin aging?

Is there a way to prevent skin aging?

Various: Sun protection is most important- hats/clothing, sunscreens that block uva & uvb, outdoor activities before 10 am & after 4 pm. Don't smoke. Use high quality topical antioxidants. Good nutrition is important. Treatment for early signs of aging include topical retinoids (such as retinol, retin a, renova, (tretinoin) others) to reduce sun-damaged pigmentation and stimulate collagen, which minimizes wrinkles. ...Read more

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Is there anyway one can prevent skin aging?

Is  there anyway one  can prevent skin aging?

No: But you can eliminate the leading causes of accelerated skin aging. Sun exposure, cigarettes and weight fluctuations. ...Read more

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What kind of test can check for premature skin aging?

Visia skin analysis: I am not aware of a lab test to check for premature aging. There is a very rare condition called progeria, where you age quite rapidly and die in childhood. I have a visia camera system which photographs your skin and gives you a wrinkle score, sun damage score, etc based on your age and skin type. I would check a few websites of dermatologists in your area and see if visia analysis is offered. ...Read more

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What are the best OTC products to use to combat skin aging?

Sunscreen: By far, one of the main contributors of skin aging is uv rays (the sun, tanning beds). So sunscreen should be a part of your otc regimen. Aside from that, retinoids, which are derived from vitamin a, boost collagen production and increase skin cell turnover. This improves fine lines and wrinkles, discolorations, and acne. It's available by prescription, but also over-the-counter (otc) retinol. ...Read more

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Need expert opinions about causes of skin aging way too early..?

Need expert opinions about causes of skin aging way too early..?

Multiple factors : While there are some diseases that can mimic age related skin changes, most aging is a factor of age, genetics, sun/uv light exposure, and smoking. ...Read more

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Does skin aging/damage due to stress disappear once a person is not stressed anymore?

Does skin aging/damage due to stress disappear once a person is not stressed anymore?

Skin aging: Skin aging/damage can develop for all kinds of reasons -- including smoking cigarettes, poor hygiene, sleep deprivation, poor diet, etc. All these intensify with stress. Your skin can improve when you stop smoking (if you are) and normalize these other areas. See a dermatologist for best advice about your skin. ...Read more

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Does acne increase skin aging?

Does acne increase skin aging?

No!: Acne-prone teens have thicker skin with small pores and increased skin oils. As we age, the acne usually improves (or goes away) but the skin characteristics that caused the problems earlier now help reduce the aging process. Still, stay out of the sun, avoid alcohol and tobacco, and don't get fat! all will also help your skin age better than thin, dry skin abused by these things! ...Read more

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How to cure skin aging?

How to cure skin aging?

Work at it: Our skin & our body continues to evolve, age and alter itself. Sun exposure, without a protective barrier, will significantly alter the quality, texture and ability to regenerate healthy cells. Using moisture creams, anti-oxidants and cleansers that are for the skin assist in a healthy glow. Eating well and being content also nurture from within. www.artofplasticsurgery.com ...Read more

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What are the main causes of skin aging?

What are the main causes of skin aging?

UV Exposure: Remember that now the "sun" comes in many forms... During outside activities, through your car window, and self inflicted with tanning beds. Avoid exposure and apply spf with moisturizer when you cannot. Also, remember there are skin aging effects that occur with hormonal deficiencies, so talk with your doctor about keeping your hormones at healthy levels and skin well nourished. ...Read more

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What contributes the most to skin aging?

What contributes the most to skin aging?

Genetics.: Other than genetics (which we can't control), smoking, sun exposure, and weight gain/loss are the most damaging factors. Good general health can help avoid skin and aging problems associated with disease conditions and chemotherapy, for example, but these too are often outside our control. Dr. Tholen. ...Read more

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What can be done about premature skin aging?

What can be done about premature skin aging?

Minimize your risks: The big three are smoking, sun exposure and weight fluctuations. All of which can be controlled. ...Read more

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How to know if I know how to cure skin aging?

How to know if I know how to cure skin aging?

No cure: All parts of the body age to include skin. If you want to reverse the aging process see a medspa doctor and she will recommend, laser skin care treatments, products, and a skin regimen to help you with your sun damage or fat loss. She will also offer Botox or dermal fillers. You will learn quite a bit during the consult. ...Read more