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Everyone gets wrinkles as they grow older. As well as aging, wrinkles can also be caused or exacerbated by smoking, dehydration, sun damage, and some medications. Most often, wrinkles tend to appear on the part of the body that get the most sun exposure, such as the face, neck, backs of the hands, and tops of the forearms. There are several lifestyle changes you can make to reduce wrinkles. There are also cosmetic procedures available to reduce these signs of aging, such as those provided by the team of dermatologists at Atlanta Center for Dermatological Disease in Sandy Springs, Roswell, Alpharetta, and Cumming GA.
Protect from Sun Damage
Over 90 percent of the visible changes in the skin are caused by sun damage. If you are spending time outdoors, the best way to protect your skin is with sunscreen. When you are choosing a sunscreen, there are some important factors that you should take into consideration, such as:
- SPF (Sunburn Protection Factor): Every sunscreen has a rating that indicates how well it protects your skin. If you’re spending time in the sun for two or more hours, your best choice is a sunscreen with an SPF of 30 or higher.
- Broad-spectrum: A broad-spectrum sunscreen is the best choice because it will protect you against UVA and UVB rays from the sun.
- Water resistance: Although no sunscreen is completely water-resistant, some are effective for up to 80 minutes.
Drinking enough water is vital for helping your liver and kidneys flush toxins from your body and keeping it young and fresh. Ideally, you should drink 6-8 glasses of water each day. Avoid substituting your glasses of water with sugar and additive-laden carbonated beverages. This is an important step for patients in Sandy Springs trying to avoid wrinkles.
Take a Vitamin Supplement
Vitamins are important for the skin to keep it looking healthy and young, particularly vitamins A, C, and E. Even when your diet is balanced and rich in vitamins from vegetables and fruit, only a percentage of these vitamins are delivered to the skin. To combat this, you may wish to supplement your skincare with lotions that are rich in certain vitamins. Vitamin A is essential for reducing the signs of age such as discolorations and wrinkles. Vitamin C helps prevent wrinkling and sagging and protects from free radicals. Vitamin B-3 increases hydration and vitamin E protects the skin from the sun’s damaging UVA rays.
Cosmetic Procedures to Reduce Wrinkles for Sandy Springs Patients
At Atlanta Center for Dermatological Disease, the following wrinkle-reducing procedures are available:
- Facial fillers such as Juvederm and Sculptra
- Chemical Peels
If you’re ready to reduce your wrinkles and other signs of aging, call the Atlanta Center for Dermatological Disease's Sandy Spring office at (404) 252-4333, the Alpharetta office at (770) 664-5225, the Roswell office at (770) 751-1133, or the Cumming office at (770) 844-1902.
Here’s how to tell the difference between dandruff and dry scalp:
- Dandruff will produce large, oily flakes that are often yellow or white in appearance while the dry scalp is more likely to produce a lot of dry little flakes.
- Dandruff may cause a red, scaly scalp while someone with dry scalp is more likely to experience dry skin on other parts of their body
- The only symptom that both dandruff and dry scalp have in common is an itchy scalp
Other tips to prevent dandruff include:
- Wash your hair every day to reduce excess oil on the scalp
- Use a shampoo that contains coal tar, pyrithione zinc, salicylic acid, selenium sulfide or tea tree oil (a natural alternative)
- Stay away from any har products that contain alcohols or bleach, as well as oily hair products that will only cause more oil to buildup on the scalp
- Find ways to effectively manage stress, which can trigger or exacerbate dandruff
- Get a small amount of sun exposure every day (just a couple of minutes), which could help get your symptoms under control (talk to your dermatologist before doing so, as excess sun exposure can be harmful)
- Eat a healthy diet that is rich in vitamin B, zinc, and healthy fats
Treating Acne Scars
- Chemical peels: This treatment, which is often used for cosmetic reasons, can also reduce the appearance of acne scars. Chemical peels remove the outermost layer of the skin to reveal healthy new skin underneath.
- Microdermabrasion: Microdermabrasion offers similar results as a chemical peel, but instead of applying a chemical solution to the skin, microdermabrasion often uses a handheld device with a diamond or crystal tip at the end to blast away the outer layer of the skin.
- Laser skin resurfacing: This laser treatment will also remove the outermost layer of the skin, which is the most damaged layer, while also tightening the brand-new skin that’s revealed. The skin is numbed before treatment and the recovery time can take up to 10 days.
- Fractional laser therapy: Are you dealing with deeper acne scars? If so, then laser resurfacing or microdermabrasion may not give you the results you’re looking; however, your dermatologist may recommend fractional laser therapy, as this targets deeper levels of tissue.
Icepick scars: These tiny little depressions in the skin often respond best to chemical peels, skin resurfacing, or laser treatment.
Rolling scars: These depressions in the skin may respond best to an injectable treatment such as a dermal filler, which can raise the indented areas of the skin to smooth out your appearance. Dermal fillers can help to plump the skin in areas that have lost volume, to reduce the appearance of superficial scars. Your dermatologist may also recommend laser treatment.
Boxcar scars: These larger indentations with clearer edges are often caused by inflammatory acne. These are treated through a minor procedure in which your doctor uses a needle to break up the scar tissue underneath. Laser treatment and dermal fillers may also be recommended.
Dealing with acne scars can be embarrassing, but your dermatologist can help. If you want to discuss your acne scar treatment options, then it’s time to talk to a qualified dermatologist today to find out your treatment options.
During the much longed-for summer months, people work on their tans. While enjoying a richer skin tone now, tanners take huge risks for premature aging and skin cancer.
Sun and artificial tanning
It's what we use to get those tans. But, did you know that when you tan, you actually burn the top layer (epidermis) of your skin and damage your DNA, too?
According to Live Science, DNA damage mutates normal skin cells into cancer cells. Basal cell and squamous cell carcinomas are the most common kinds of skin cancer. Malignant melanoma is the most deadly skin cancer as it easily metastasizes to major body organs. About one-third of melanoma cases in the US kill their sufferers annually, says The Skin Cancer Foundation.
Unfortunately, artificial tanning is just as dangerous as sitting in the sun. Intermittent sun exposure or occasional tanning in the sun or tanning beds are harmful, too. Damage to the skin is cumulative, and both kinds of ultraviolet radiation (there are UV-A and UV-B rays) breakdown your skin's DNA over time. Further, UV-B harms your skin's natural elasticity normally provided by a protein called collagen.
Don't tan: protect
To protect your skin, avoid sunburns, intentional tanning and excessive day to day sun exposure with these strategies from the American Academy of Dermatology (AAD):
- Cover up any exposed skin (face, arms, legs, ears) with a broad-brimmed hat, long-sleeves and other sun-protective clothing.
- Use sunscreen lotion--SPF 30 or higher--on all exposed skin, and re-apply every two hours or whenever you sweat it off or swim.
- Stay indoors or in the shade from 10 am to 2 pm.
Also, all adults, particularly those 40 or older, should see a dermatologist for an annual skin exam. Do a careful self-exam once a month at home, looking for changes in the color, size, and shape of existing spots or moles. Report changes to your skin doctor as well as any sore which does not heal in a week or so.
It's your skin
Don't sacrifice its health for a little fashionable color. Tanning really is bad for you. Find healthy ways to enjoy the summer months and that wonderful sun. Your skin and your overall health will be better for your efforts.