DERMATOLOGISTS OFFER ADVICE FROM HEAD TO TOE ON
WHAT TO EXPECT WHEN YOU’RE AGING
Hair loss, acne, rosacea and leg veins among the more common
medical dermatologic concerns that come with age
NEW YORK (Nov. 10, 2009) – Everyone expects their bodies to change as they get older.
From wrinkles and sagging skin to brittle bones and aches and pains, the aging process is
inevitable. In addition, there are a number of medical dermatologic conditions that surface with
age that can cause people even more stress. Fortunately, dermatologists can help diagnose
and treat these conditions no matter when they strike.
Speaking today at the American Academy of Dermatology’s
dermatologist Debra Jaliman, MD, FAAD, assistant clinical professor of dermatology at Mount
Sinai School of Medicine in New York discussed why hair loss, acne, rosacea and leg veins
can occur as we age and some of the latest ways to treat them.
“When we age, a number of changes take place on and beneath the surface of our skin
that can affect how we look and feel,” said Dr. Jaliman. “But while we might expect to see fine
lines and wrinkles as the years pass, many of us might be surprised to wake up one day with
adult-onset acne, thinning hair or embarrassing spider veins. The reality is that many
dermatologic conditions are more likely to affect us as we age, and the key is to address these
problems early to rule out more serious medical conditions and start proper treatment.”
Hair Loss Can Be Treated Effectively
While many people are genetically predisposed to hair loss, it becomes increasingly
common with age. In fact, Dr. Jaliman noted that everyone over age 40 has less hair than they
did when they were younger – even if the hair does not appear thinner on the surface.
The most common form of hair loss that affects both men and women is androgenetic
alopecia (often referred to as male-pattern hair loss or female-pattern hair loss). In both
genders, a miniaturization of the hair follicles occurs – meani