Premature Skin Aging Symptoms, Causes and Treatment

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As the body ages, it goes through many different changes. Levels of certain hormones start to decline, bones are often damaged from wear and tear, and several systems in the body start to work less* effectively. The skin is a particular area that causes people to become much more self-conscious due to the fact that age causes visual changes to the skin. As levels of elastin and collagen, two essential proteins needed to maintain the skin’s elasticity, starts to decline, the skin tends to become saggy and develop some common signs that proofs the person is growing older – these signs usually include crow’s feet and puffiness around the eyes, wrinkles developed and fine lines becoming present, especially at the top of the head.

While these are all normal and caused by the natural aging process, when signs of aging develops at an age that people usually do not experience these symptoms, it can become problematic. This particular condition is called premature skin aging and can have a much more significant adverse effect on an affected person’s psychological wellbeing that when aging occurs naturally with old age.

What Is Premature Skin Aging?

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Let’s start by discussing what premature aging is. While aging skin is part of life, when the symptoms associated with age appears before they should, it is unnatural and considered to be premature aginginess. Identifying the signs of premature aging is the first step to addressing this condition – and knowing what signs to look out for will help you identify premature aging early on; thus giving you the opportunity to treat* the problem more effectively.

About Face Skincare reports that the following are signs to be especially wary of:

  • The development of sun spots when you are in your 20s or your 30s.
  • Hands that are becoming wrinkly and dry.
  • Spots developing on your chest and your neck.
  • The skin around the jawline and cheeks may start to develop wrinkles.
  • A loss of moisture, which may lead to dry and itchy skin.
  • Your eyes might start to change their shape.

Can Premature Skin Aging Be Reversed?

When a person develops signs of aging as they grow older, they tend to look for ways they can delay the process in which wrinkles and other symptoms develop. When a younger person notices that they are developing these symptoms, they would usually not look for ways to delay the process, but rather search for treatment options that can reverse* the symptoms they are experiencing.

The answer to this question is complicated. Whether premature aging can be reversed or not depends on why the person is experiencing wrinkles and other problems at their young age. If the person’s skin is aging too fast because of a disease, then the disease needs to be treated instead of their skin – there are some cases where the effects might not be completely reversible.

In cases where premature aging is caused by a person’s lifestyle choices and habits, then it might be reversible. Many people have found that making some changes in their lifestyle can produce* a significant amount of positive effects on their skin – including a reduction* in wrinkles and fine lines.

What Causes Premature Skin Aging?

There are numerous premature skin aging causes that should be considered when developing wrinkles and other symptoms at an age that is considered too young to be classified as a normal part of aging. Knowing what causes premature ejaculation can also often help a person prevent this from happening to them or at least minimize their risk of developing the condition.

It is important to note that unhealthy lifestyle habits are often to blame for the development of premature aging, but certain diseases have also been proven* to cause a significant increase* in the rate at which a person’s skin ages.

When a person experiencing this condition due to a disease, it is referred to as progeria. According to DermNet New Zealand, there are different types of progeria, including :

  • Hutchinson-Gilford Syndrome
  • Werner Syndrome

There are many other causes apart from these two progeria diseases. Excessive sun exposure has a significant effect on the rate at which the skin ages and is often listed as the top cause of premature aging. American Fitness Professionals & Associates reports that using alcohol excessively and smoking also contributes to these symptoms, as well as an unhealthy diet that is loaded with sugars and fats. Processed foods are an excellent example of food that causes premature aging.

What To Do For Premature Aging Skin?

Taking preventative measures is always the recommended method of treatment when it comes to conditions such a premature aging.

Unfortunately, preventative measures cannot be taken when a disease is causing the condition, but these diseases are very rare. Since most of the time it is a person’s personal lifestyle habits that are to blame for the symptoms they are experiencing, certain lifestyle changes are often thought to be the most appropriate method of preventing premature aging skin and also treating the condition if it develops.

A change in lifestyle habits can only be done once a person has identified the areas in their life that are contributing mostly to their risk of developing aging skin prematurely. For example, if a person drinks a lot of alcohol, they may choose to cut back. If a person smokes, they may stop* smoking to help restore oxygen in their skin and increase* collagen production. A diet that is well-balanced and contains all of the most essential nutrients we need is also important for keeping skin healthy from the inside.

How To Treat* Premature Aging Skin?

Treating premature skin aging at an early stage is important if a person wishes to achieve the best results; thus it is important to know about the signs and to identify them as soon as they develop. There are many different treatment options available. Unfortunately, many younger individuals with premature aging tend to opt for an advanced skincare formula that is promoted to contain anti-aging ingredients – this can lead to their skin becoming very dry, which is certainly unpleasant in the case of premature aging as it can cause further signs of aging to appear.

The most appropriate solution for treating premature aging is to start by avoiding habits that causes this condition. Smoking and alcohol use should be avoided as much as possible. Sun exposure should be limited and a SPF cream should be applied.

Apart from these, many natural remedies also exist that can help people reverse* the effects that have appeared and prevent more symptoms from developing.

Gyanunlimited recommends using ginseng, maca and rhodiola to suppress* the progression of aging. They also recommend performing yoga to improve* blood circulation to the skin and to increase* the skin’s oxygen supply, as well as to utilize natural facial cleansers, toners and moisturizers to ensure you do not suffer from any harsh effects that chemicals found in pharmaceutical skincare products may cause.

Conclusion

Premature skin aging can be problematic and cause havoc on an affected person’s mental health, causing them to become self-conscious and experience a lower self-image. Fortunately, this condition can be treated in many cases due to the fact that it is often caused by unhealthy lifestyle habits. Both preventative measures can be taken and certain treatment options can be utilized to treat* the premature aging symptoms that have already developed.

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