How to Look Younger

Woman keeping her face clean
Woman washing face

Dermatologists in New Jersey have several suggestions for those who want to maintain younger looking skin. Many skin experts suggest that part of maintaining healthy and vibrant looking skin requires that the individual eat a healthy diet, drink plenty of water, avoid smoking and protect the skin from the sun. It can also be beneficial to have a face massage, refrain from smoking and keep the skin properly moisturized. Each individual may work closely with their dermatologist to develop a customized skin care plan as each person is different.  Here are some general skin care tips that are applicable for those who wish to keep their skin looking young and healthy. Continue reading “How to Look Younger”

What is Skin Resurfacing?

Before and after skin resurfacing
Skin Resurfacing photos

When an individual talks to their Florham Park cosmetic surgeon about the types of cosmetic procedures available to them, skin resurfacing may be suggested. This cosmetic procedure can help reverse the wrinkling effects of aging, heredity and various lifestyle habits such as smoking, sun exposure, poor nutrition or alcohol consumption. Sometimes pigmentation can change and produce brown spots or blotchiness. This can occur simply because of age, or it can be the result of taking birth control pills or becoming pregnant. There may also be other genetic factors which cause the skin’s pigment to change. It may be that the skin’s surface has become uneven as a result of acne. Any of these types of skin conditions can be improved by undergoing skin resurfacing. This cosmetic procedure basically causes a controlled injury to the skin which causes the skin to heal which replaces the old or bad skin with new skin tissue. Continue reading “What is Skin Resurfacing?”

How to Prevent Sun Spots

sun spots
Sun spots on a woman’s shoulder

The skin can suffer greatly from over exposure to the sun. Getting a sunburn is of minimal concern when one considers the long lasting effects of getting too much sun. When the skin is exposed to excessive sun it can result in patches of skin which become discolored. A dermatologist would call these darkened patches solar lentigines, but they are commonly known as sun spots.  Many times they are brown but in some skin types they appear more grayish in color. They may also be accompanied by other signs of damage caused by the sun’s harmful rays such as dry or thinning skin or wrinkles.

Who is likely to get sun spots?

Sun spots can be various sizes, shapes and even colors. They are typically seen on the areas of skin which receive the most direct sunlight such as the face and hands. It is more likely that people who have fairer skin will get sun spots than those who have darker pigmented skin. Statistically, about 90 percent of people over 60 who are considered to be light skinned or fair skinned have some sun related sun spots. This does not mean that individuals who have darker skin are immune to scarring by the sun. Deeper skin tones display damage as gray spots or ashy areas on the skin. These unsightly spots are typically seen after years of overexposure to the harmful rays of the sun, but young people who do a lot of tanning even in tanning beds or booths can also have premature sun spots. There are some ways to prevent these sun spots from ever occurring in the first place. Continue reading “How to Prevent Sun Spots”

How to Treat Sun Spots

Sunspots
Sun Spots on the back

There is nothing quite as enjoyable as a warm New Jersey summer afternoon where the sun invites everyone to come out and enjoy it. It feels warm, and most people enjoy having a beautiful tan. Even though these temporary results are pleasant, any dermatologist can explain the long term dangers of over exposure to the sun’s damaging rays. Too much time in the sun can cause skin damage which show in the form of skin laxity, wrinkles, skin cancers or discolorations. Sun spots are very common among those who spend too much time soaking in the sun’s warm rays. Continue reading “How to Treat Sun Spots”