40-Something Skin: Facing Wrinkles and Acne
The annoying reality is, you're just as likely to experience a breakout at your 25th high school reunion as you were during your senior prom.
And, even if you avoided acne as a teen, there's no guarantee you'll be free of it as an adult.
It's unfair, isn't it? That as we enter middle age, our skin seems to become even more volatile that it was in our youth. Not only are we potentially reuniting with acne – this time on the jawline and around the mouth, rather than on our noses and in Algebra class – but we also must contend with dryness, wrinkles, dull skin, discoloration, and an increased skin cancer risk.
As we age, our skin problems can quickly become more numerous and more complex. This is especially true in our forties. As hormone levels drop, skin becomes drier and, if not addressed, can lead to otherwise preventable fine lines and wrinkling. Cell turnover slows, leaving skin dull. Sun damage begins to show in spots, wrinkles, and sometimes lesions. And, those hormone changes, along with stress, using the wrong skin products, and even diet can potentially lead to adult-onset acne issues.
The American Academy of Dermatologists has noted that adult acne is becoming more prevalent – although doctors are unsure as to why. What is clear is that you should treat acne rather than allowing it to run its course, which could lead to scarring and dark spots. (Already dealing with dark spots? Read our blog on Post-Inflammatory Hyperpigmentation.)
The key to resolving current issues and preventing future problems is in developing a care routine that works with your skin. Working with a board-certified dermatologist is always a smart idea, especially when managing multiple concerns at once. Fortunately, with DermatologistOnCall, visits are available at anytime and from anywhere from your computer or mobile device. All it takes is logging in to your account (or creating a new one), uploading photos of the areas of concern, and answering a few questions about your health. Typically within 24 hours of your online visit, you can have a treatment plan and any prescriptions, if necessary, sent to the pharmacy of your choice.