Skin Conditions Common in Seniors
As we age, our skin changes, and as life expectancy increases, aging skin can present some challenges. Skin structure naturally alters as you get older, with the dermis and epidermis becoming thinner. The strength and elasticity reduce due to changes in the connective tissue, and pigmented spots may show from sun exposure. Skin damage from the sun may lead to wrinkles, stretching, or sagging areas where UV light has broken down the elastic tissue. Skin begins to bruise more easily from the reduced elasticity, and you may witness the development of benign growths such as seborrheic keratoses. These are just a few of the difficulties we face as our skin ages.
At Summit Dermatology, our highly specialized medical practitioners fully understand the skin’s aging process and the various skin conditions that seniors can face. Common conditions that you are more likely to see as you get older include; actinic keratosis, xerosis (dry skin), itching, seborrheic keratosis, and skin cancer. While dry skin and itching may not seem like much of a problem, they can become very uncomfortable if not treated and cause other concerns like disturbed sleep and depression. The dry climate in Colorado Springs and Monument, CO can also exasperate these conditions, so understanding the best way to care for any of these skin conditions common in seniors can help you stay healthy. Regardless of how minor or significant a skin problem may seem, it is always best to seek a dermatologist’s advice.
If you are concerned about skin cancer, you are certainly not alone. Skin cancer is a skin condition common in seniors, predominately affecting people over the age of 65. By the age of 70, at least one in five Americans will develop skin cancer, and more than 58 million Americans will develop the most common pre-cancer: actinic keratosis. At Summit Dermatology, we are here to support you at the first hint of concern. We offer complete skin cancer screening examinations and several biopsy techniques to confirm a skin cancer diagnosis before treatment. We are highly skilled to provide you with a diagnosis and appropriate treatment for skin cancer.
The structural and functional changes to the skin that come with age make it more susceptible to skin disease. Our dermatologists have years of experience assessing and treating skin of all ages. It is never too late to start protecting your skin and taking charge of your health. You may avoid a more serious skin condition by seeking support early. Our medical providers can take care of all your skin concerns and are up to date with the latest research, technology, and procedures.
Senior skin conditions can range from being very simple to treat, to more serious problems. However, by getting advice from a dermatologist early, you can take control of the situation and your wellbeing. If you have a skin concern, no matter how big or small, please call our clinic at 719-667-0888 or contact us through our online form and schedule an appointment with one of our expert Colorado Springs & Monument dermatologists. We understand all the aspects of changing skin, and we look forward to providing you with high-quality care tailored to the requirements of you and your skin.