UConn Health Minute: Skin Care and Aging

UConn Health Minute: Skin Care and Aging


As we age our skin develops a lot of
changes. We have thinner skin, we lose volume in our skin, we also develop a lot
of growths. Some of them are completely benign and others are malignant, meaning
skin cancers. One way you can figure out whether something is dangerous, whether
it’s the skin cancer, is if it grows and if it changes, and it’s different than
other spots on your body, especially if you have symptoms. For example, if it’s
bleeding, itching on its own, just not healing properly. Those are all warning
signs Patients ask questions all the time: What can I do to prevent things
from forming? Well some things you can’t, but I do really believe that it’s never
too late to start protecting your skin. The sunscreens we have available these
days are fantastic and they can help prevent a lot of sun damage for the
future. Make sure you check your skin on a regular basis and if you see something that
you’re worried about, see a dermatologist and we can tell you what it is.

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