aging skin




Visible aging is characterized by changes in the skin due to degradation of its structure and elasticity over time. These changes are due to a combination of multiple physiological changes and environmental factors. The epidermis becomes thin, a decrease in NMF causes a dry stratum corneum, decreased exfoliation from a slowed cellular renewal process leads to a dull surface appearance, increased visible fine line and wrinkles and discolorations and lentigos. The cross-linking of collagen fibers, loss of elasticity and reduction of collagen distribution changes the integrity of the dermis. The subcutaneous tissue is lost also, leading to laxity of the skin.

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There are 2 types of aging, intrinsic and extrinsic aging. Intrinsic aging involves the physiological breakdown of tissues due to genetics and passage of time. These are all the natural degradation of the tissue at a cellular level as tissue ages. Most intrinsic aging is predetermined in our genetic code that we inherit from our parents. Extrinsic aging, on the other hand, is very preventable and could be responsible for as much as 85% of visible signs of aging. Extrinsic aging factors are sun exposure, unhealthy lifestyle, environmental pollutants causing chronic inflammation. All of these factors can breakdown the extra cellular matrix, collagen, elastin, and increased melanization and vascularization of the skin.


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