Overview of Skin Aging and Photoaging

Yolanda Rosi Helfrich, MD; Dana L. Sachs, MD; John J. Voorhees, MD


Dermatology Nursing. 2008;20(3):177-183. 

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Abstract and Introduction

Aging skin is an issue of concern to many patients. In this review aging and photoaging are defined, mechanisms which underlie these processes explored, and available treatment options discussed.

One of the more common dermatologic concerns in patients is aging skin. In a culture that is often called "youth-obsessed," patients increasingly look for creams and procedures that can improve the appearance of their skin. In 2004, U.S. retail sales of cosmeceuticals, cosmetic products purported to have medicinal or drug-like benefits, accounted for over $12.4 billion. By 2010, the anti-aging market is expected to account for over $16.5 billion in sales (Choi & Berson, 2006). Research into skin aging has also advanced considerably in the past 2 decades. Clinical manifestations of skin aging, mechanisms which underlie these clinical changes, and approaches to treatment will be explored.


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