How Should I Be Taking Care Of My Skin In My 40s And 50s, And What Kinds Of Issues Should I Be Thinking About?

Question: How should I be taking care of my skin in my 40s and 50s, and what kinds of issues should I be thinking about?

Answer: In your 40s and 50s, you want to continue the good habits that you started earlier, which include sunscreen in the morning. You probably want to be using a prescription retinoic acid at night, such as tretinoin. And if this dries out your skin too much, instead of using it every night, you can use it every second to third night. A lot of people discontinue it because of the dryness, but that doesn't necessarily need to be done. So consult your dermatologist if you notice that you really get dryness, because retinoids are one of the best things to prevent sun damage.

One thing that you can also add, besides Botox, which helps treat the wrinkles of the forehead and around the eyes, is fillers -- and these help with the wrinkles around the mouth, mainly, but can be used in other parts of the face.

In your 50s, you start to notice volume loss in your lower face and so you can also add fillers to plump up the volume, not just to treat the wrinkles.

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


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