1. Consider cosmetic treatments
While epidermal changes can begin as early as one’s 20s, the process ramps up around menopause for women. Regardless of sex, the skin eventually becomes thinner, more sallow and less elastic. It may also develop lentigines (darker patches, also known as age spots), skin tags (flap-like growths), seborrheic keratoses (waxy, wart-like lesions), cherry angiomas (small red spots) and, of course, wrinkles.
“These changes are all just normal signs of aging,” says Dr. Lisa Chipps, a dermatologist and assistant clinical professor at the University of California, Los Angeles. If you’re bothered by the appearance of blemishes, specialists offer prescriptions and procedures-like chemical peels, photorejuvenation or wrinkle-smoothing injectables-to suit different cases. “Get a full assessment,” says Dr. Vince Bertucci, medical director of the Bertucci MedSpa in Woodbridge, Ont., and president of the Canadian Dermatology Association. “No two individuals have the same skin, or the same priorities.”