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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It is important to distinguish between natural skin aging and photoaging. Knowledge about the mechanisms underlying these processes can be utilized for developing future therapies. Educating patients is essential, as sunscreens and sun protection can prevent many of the changes associated with photoaging. Many treatments are available to treat photoaged skin; however, the best treatment is prevention.


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