There is no question that our bodies encounter changes as we age. The effects on our skin can be significant. There are certain skin-related disorders that the aging population is more likely to encounter. Without prompt diagnosis and treatments, these skin conditions can become painful and quite disruptive. They can even influence one’s overall well-being. Here are three leading reasons why seniors should schedule an appointment with a dermatologist sooner rather than later:
- Dry Skin Relief
Dry skin can be itchy and uncomfortable. While dry skin can be an indication of an underlying medical condition, it is also very common in senior adults. As we age, our cellular renewal process within the skin slows down. This can lead to a thinner epidermal layer and a weakened ability to retain moisture in the skin. You may have dry skin if your experience scaly, flaky, cracked or rough areas skin. To prevent a cycle of scratching and inflammation, consult a dermatologist for proper dry skin relief treatment.
- Skin Cancer
Nearly 50 percent of Americans over the age of 65 develop skin cancer. Skin cancer is a deadly disease if not detected and treated at its earliest stages. A dermatologist will thoroughly evaluate a senior patient for suspicious moles, new skin growths or other changes that may indicate skin cancer. During the visit, we will also explain ways to prevent skin cancer, such as wearing sunscreen. Routine visits to the dermatologist are critical to help older patients avoid serious consequences of Basal Cell Carcinoma and Squamous Cell Carcinoma.
- Evaluation for Other Age-related Skin Conditions
Beyond skin cancer and xerosis (dry skin), the aging population is also at a greater risk for the following dermatologic conditions:
- Nail Fungus
- Seborrheic Dermatitis
- Actinic Purpura
- Actinic Keratosis
- Seborrheic Keratosis
- Stasis Dermatitis
At Olansky Dermatology Associates, we are equipped to treat all of these skin disorders and more. We pride ourselves on our ability to offer top quality dermatologic care to patients of all ages. We recognize the unique concerns that senior adults face, including skin disorders that affect their health and cosmetic concerns that impact their self-esteem. We want you to feel beautiful and healthy in your skin, regardless of your stage in life!