Have you seen that recent TV commercial stating that your taste in music should be a better giveaway of your age than your skin?
If only that were true, right? It’s a bummer to look in the mirror and see a person who looks much older than you feel, act, or think. And if that’s merely what you think, imagine how others perceive you.
Although the path to the Fountain of Youth continues to elude humanity, you shouldn’t have to put up with the signs of premature aging, especially when you don’t feel old! At Kitagawa Dermatology in Honolulu, we feel your anxiety. We’ve identified the five most prevalent signs of premature aging that keep you from looking your age.
Even better, we know an innovative treatment that can mitigate the effects of these five signs.
5 Common Signs of Premature Aging
Everyone ages at his or her own pace in Honolulu, and though there are various signs of premature aging, we’ve identified the following as the five most common:
Skin color changes and irregularities develop more frequently the older you get. One example of a common age-related skin discoloration is solar lentigines, which you might know better as age spots. These brownish-gray spots develop due to the cumulative effects of sun exposure through the course of your life. Unfortunately, as you age, the number of visible spots almost certainly will increase.
Another example is melasma, which shows up on your forehead, cheeks, and around your mouth. Your hormonal changes from aging factor into the development of these darkened splotches and sun exposure will only worsen this condition.
Are you distressed with what seems to be veins appearing on your nose? You’re not seeing things. Those veins are real because your skin and veins have weakened quicker than expected, causing damage to your vessel walls and making your veins more noticeable around your nostrils and your cheeks. Because of this, you look older than you really are and it begins to wear on your self-esteem as it worsens. Learn more about the signs of aging at WebMD.com.
Birth Marks and Other Skin Abnormalities
Do you have a birthmark that has become more noticeable? How about other skin abnormalities, such as rosacea, port wine stains, and hemangiomas?
If so, you’re not alone. Although these types of skin irregularities become more common and prominent as you age, they are signs of premature aging if they are becoming noticeable when you’re younger – say, in your 20s or early 30s.
Facial Lines and Wrinkles
The earlier-than-expected development of lines and wrinkles can really affect your self-esteem because they’re one of the most noticeable signs of premature aging. While superficial wrinkles and fine lines are not uncommon in your 20s and 30s, stubborn wrinkles or deeper creases are.
However, due to genetics, sun overexposure, your environment, and even diet, your skin can lose its elasticity and smoothness earlier than expected. It isn’t able to hydrate or repair itself as quickly as it should, resulting in lines, creases, and wrinkles that shouldn’t be there at your age.
If you have acne scars from your younger days, normal aging will make them worse. However, if you’re still young and your scars are getting more prominent after being barely noticeable for years, premature aging might be the reason. In fact, acne scarring plus aging often equals the development of premature wrinkles.
So, what can you do to offset these signs and restore your youthful-looking appearance to match your age?
Contact Kitagawa Dermatology for More Info about Aging Skin Treatment
Premature aging does not threaten your health, but it can adversely affect your self-esteem. However, with safe, effective technology available, why defend yourself against it? To understand more about aging skin therapy, contact Kitagawa Dermatology in Honolulu today by calling 808.533.4434 or contacting us online or at our office in the Kuakini Medical Plaza.