Skin changes as we age, but that doesn't mean you have to sit back and do nothing about it. If you're looking for ways to slow your skin's natural aging process, here are a few tips to help you out.
Chemical peels are a safe and effective treatment that can help reduce the appearance of wrinkles. During this procedure, your dermatologist will apply a chemical solution to your skin to remove the topmost layers. Several factors, including your age, skin sensitivity, and lifestyle will be taken into account when your dermatologist selects the intensity of the solution for your treatment. The skin that grows back after your chemical peel is smoother and firmer, which will help reduce the appearance of wrinkles. While chemical peels are an effective wrinkle treatment, it's important to remember that it may take several treatments to see the desired results. As long as you're prepared to attend multiple treatment sessions over time, you should see fabulous results from this wrinkle reducing treatment.
Retinoids, derived from vitamin A, are some of the most effective wrinkle reducing treatments you can get at your local pharmacy. One of the nice things about retinoids is that they also typically come in the form of a topical cream or gel. It's also important to note that while retinoids are effective, they can irritate your skin if you're not careful. It's always best to ask your dermatologist before trying any over-the-counter wrinkle treatment. People with sensitive skin run an especially high risk of skin rashes if they're not careful about retinoid use. But with your dermatologist's help and advice, you should be able to find a retinoid that works perfectly for your skin.
Sunscreen might not seem like an effective wrinkle reducing treatment, but the truth is that it's one of the most important products you can invest in to reduce the signs of aging. Protecting your skin from the sun is critical, whether you're trying to slow the aging process or not. Radiation from the sun, particularly UVA and UVB rays, have been linked to the development of signs of premature aging and skin damage that may lead to skin cancer. If you're not careful about protecting your skin from the sun, you could start to see signs of premature aging such as age spots, wrinkles, and even leathery skin texture. Wearing sunscreen every day is a simple, yet effective solution to the issue of skin damage from sun exposure. Just make sure you're investing in a sunscreen that has at least SPF 30 in order to get the protection you need for your skin. It's also a good idea to invest in other protective gear like wide-brimmed hats and sunglasses to further shield your skin from the sun.
Whether you choose cosmetic dermatology services or a simpler wrinkle reduction treatment, there are plenty of ways to slow your skin's aging process. If you're looking for wrinkle treatment options or you're ready to start a treatment program, don't hesitate to make an appointment with our staff at North Pacific Dermatology today.