How Should I Be Taking Care Of My Skin In My 60s And Beyond, And What Kinds Of Issues Should I Be Thinking About?

Question: How should I be taking care of my skin in my 60s and beyond, and what kinds of issues should I be thinking about?

Answer: In your 60s and beyond you really begin to notice the ramifications of long term exposure to the elements for your skin. So the first thing is to continue using sunscreen everyday but also to be much more aware of anything on your skin that begins to change color or bleed or become irregular and see a dermatologist. I always recommend that my 60 year olds and above see a dermatologist once a year for a skin check to get those areas checked and make sure they aren't developing into skin cancer.

You can also use for wrinkles and also sun damage, retinoic acid which helps treat sun damage. And there are things at the dermatologist that can be done, such as laser treatments, intense pulse light treatments, resurfacing treatments that help undo some of that damage. So your 60s are a good time to see your dermatologist on a regular basis and have those treatments done.

Michel McDonald, M.D., Vanderbilt University Medical Center


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