Photoaging is very common to people in their advanced age as their skin starts showing signs of aging, e.g. losing its youthful looks, wrinkles showing up all over the face, fine lines appearing around the lips and the surfacing of age spots on your hands. Whereas these signs are natural and inevitable, most of them can be stopped through the application of the following anti-ageing treatment options.
Treatment with retinoids
Retinoids have been a great invention for treating all cases of photoaged skin. They include artificial derivatives containing Vitamin A that help to reduce skin discoloration, deteriorating elastic tissues and fine wrinkles by improving the natural production of skin collagens and elastic fibres. Besides giving your skin that youthful appearance, retinoids help to hinder tumour growth, reducing inflammation and also improving your immune system. To be more effective, you are recommended to use retinoids regularly to reduce the amount and size of actinic keratose.
Laser treatment is widely used to vaporize the skin's upper layer that is damaged by prolonged exposure to sunshine. This treatment will leave you with a soft and tender-looking skin with less visible wrinkles. The accuracy of laser treatment makes it the best treatment for highly sensitive skin parts, especially around the eyes. However, even though this treatment can make your skin tender, it can also result in skin scars, redness and skin inflammation which can last for some time while the skin is growing.
Chemical peels treatment
These are normally used to revitalise the skin through reducing fine wrinkles and treating actinic keratoses. During this process, the skin doctor will remove some skin layers using a mild acidic solution, but depending on the skin damage, the doctor will either use a light, medium or even a deep chemical peel. During skin recovery, a smooth and tender-looking skin layer will form. However, deeper chemical peels at times may result in significant skin swelling and redness, whereas lighter peels will only result in minor redness.
This treatment uses a high-speed and spinning metal file to graze off the skin's top layer and then clear any skin irregularities. This treatment is most effective when it is used for treating substantial wrinkles and leathering effects of the sun's heat. It is also used to treat skin pigment problems and removing acne marks. To render this treatment effective, general anaesthetic is also used during the process. Like all the other anti-aging treatments, this one too can make you experience redness, sore skin and mild pain for a number of days.
For reliable results, it is recommended to use some of these treatments concurrently, but this largely depends on your skin type and the extent of skin damage or aging. Consult your licenced dermatologist to examine your skin and recommend the right anti-ageing treatments. Doing so will not only make your skin look young but may also reduce any risk of getting skin cancer.