Your skin changes as you age. You might notice wrinkles, age spots and dryness. Your skin also becomes thinner and loses fat, making it less plump and smooth. It might take longer to heal, too.
Sunlight is a major cause of skin aging. You can protect yourself by staying out of the sun when it is strongest, using sunscreen with an SPF of 15 or higher, wearing protective clothing, and avoiding sunlamps and tanning beds. Cigarette smoking also contributes to wrinkles. The wrinkling increases with the amount of cigarettes and number of years a person has smoked.
Many products claim to revitalize aging skin or reduce wrinkles, but the Food and Drug Administration has approved only a few for sun-damaged or aging skin. Various treatments soothe dry skin and reduce the appearance of age spots.
NIH: National Institute on Aging
Treatments and Therapies
- Blepharoplasty (American Society for Dermatologic Surgery)
- Blepharoplasty - slideshow (Medical Encyclopedia) Also in Spanish
- Botulinum Toxin (Botox) for Facial Wrinkles (American Academy of Ophthalmology)
- Botulinum Toxin Therapy: Overview (American Academy of Dermatology)
- Chemical Peels: Overview (American Academy of Dermatology)
- Facelift - slideshow (Medical Encyclopedia) Also in Spanish
- Filling in Wrinkles Safely (Food and Drug Administration) Also in Spanish
- Forehead lift - slideshow (Medical Encyclopedia) Also in Spanish
- Laser Skin Renewal (Logical Images)
- Neuromodulators for Aging Skin (American Society for Dermatologic Surgery)
- Dermotologists' Tips for Relieving Dry Skin (American Academy of Dermatology)
- How to Select Anti-Aging Skin Care Products (American Academy of Dermatology)
- Skin Care in Your 40s and 50s (American Academy of Dermatology)
- Wrinkle Creams: Your Guide to Younger Looking Skin (Mayo Foundation for Medical Education and Research) Also in Spanish
- Wrinkle Remedies (American Academy of Dermatology)
- ClinicalTrials.gov: Skin Aging (National Institutes of Health)
Journal Articles References and abstracts from MEDLINE/PubMed (National Library of Medicine)
- Article: Inflammatory Molecules Associated with Ultraviolet Radiation-Mediated Skin Aging.
- Article: Exopolysaccharide from Lactobacillus plantarum HY7714 Protects against Skin Aging through Skin-Gut...
- Article: Effects of a High-Molecular-Weight Polysaccharides Isolated from Korean Persimmon on the...
- Skin Aging -- see more articles
Find an Expert
- American Academy of Dermatology
- American Society for Dermatologic Surgery
- Find a Dermatologic Surgeon (American Society for Dermatologic Surgery)
- Find a Dermatologist (American Academy of Dermatology)
- National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases Also in Spanish
- National Institute on Aging Also in Spanish
The information on this site should not be used as a substitute for professional medical care or advice. Contact a health care provider if you have questions about your health.