Treating Your Wrinkles
Wrinkles are a natural part of the aging process. They occur most frequently in areas exposed to the sun, such as the face, neck, back of the hands and forearms. Over time, skin gets thinner, drier and less elastic. Ultimately, this causes wrinkles - either fine lines or deep furrows. In addition to sun exposure, premature aging of the skin is associated with smoking, heredity and skin type (higher incidence among people with fair hair, blue-eyes and light skin).
Types of Wrinkle Treatments
Treatment for wrinkles runs the gamut from topical creams and moisturizers to cosmetic procedures. Some of the most common medical treatments are:
- Alpha-hydroxy acids - preparations made from "fruit acids" that produce subtle improvements in the appearance of wrinkles.
- Antioxidants - creams consisting of Vitamins A, C and E and beta-carotene that improves the appearance of wrinkles and provides some additional sun protection.
- Moisturizers - which temporarily reduce the appearance of wrinkles.
- Vitamin A Acid - which helps alleviate some of the signs of aging, including mottled pigmentation (e.g., liver spots), roughness and wrinkling.
Cosmetic procedures that aim to reduce the appearance of wrinkles include:
- Glycolic Acid Peel
- Laser Skin Rejuvenation (IPL, Carbon Dioxide Laser)
- Sclerotherapy (Spider Veins)
The best prevention for wrinkles is to keep the skin moisturized and use sunscreen and sunblock to prevent additional damage from the sun.
Stop feeling self-conscious about your wrinkles!
If you want to have flawless, radiant, healthy skin please call our Yardley, PA dermatology office today at (215) 321-3500 to make an appointment with one of our experienced physicians.