Signs of skin aging, such as wrinkles, are a natural part of the aging process. Understanding and learning more about the natural skin aging process could ultimately help you to delay and minimize the effects of aging on your skin. So here we take a closer look at the processes and science behind skin aging.
The Aging Process
The process of skin aging involves a combination of a deterioration of the structures in our skin and a slowing down of our skins natural functions. Wrinkles are by far one of the most common signs of aging and these can be attributed to a reduction in the production of collagen, a structural protein that gives our skin essential support.
As we age, the outer layer of our skin known as the epidermis also becomes thinner, and our skin can appear paler and more translucent, due to a decrease in the number of pigment-containing cells. Our skin also loses some of its elasticity due to changes in the connective tissue in our skin, in a process known as elastosis.
What are the Causes?
Age-related skin changes are the result of a combination of genetic and environmental factors. Significantly one of the largest factors contributing to skin ageing is sun exposure, and this is the leading environmental stressor contributing to skin ageing. Whilst there’s no denying that some sun exposure can benefit our skin, helping us to manufacture vitamin D, over time the sun’s ultraviolet light can cause damage to important fibres in our skin known as elastin. This is a special type of protein which helps to keep our skin flexible and tight, allowing skin to snap back to its original shape after being stretched or pulled, and can in many respects be likened to a rubber band. Damage to these elastin fibres causes skin to sag and reduces skins elasticity, a common sign of aging.
There are a number of different treatments available that can help you to fight the signs of skin aging, such as Thermage, which is a non-invasive treatment designed to boost collagen and leave your skin looking firmer. If you’re looking for Thermage in the UK then please do not hesitate to contact us here at the Aesthetic Skin Clinic, and a member of our friendly team will be happy to help you with your enquiries.
There are a number of different reasons why people experience hair loss in their lifetime; this could be down to illness, medication, or, even genetics. Anxiety and stress can also be a contributing factor when it comes to hair loss, and according to Anxiety UK, ‘more than 1 in 10 people are likely to have a disabling anxiety disorder at some point in their life’.
Feeling nervous about certain things, such as a driving test, flying or an important life event is normal, however, it is when this feeling of impending doom and increased nervousness begins to take over your life that it begins to become a problem. Anxiety is often experienced alongside depression. Symptoms of severe anxiety include:
- Breathlessness & panic attacks
- Hair loss
- Muscular tension
If you think you may be suffering from anxiety is it extremely important to visit a doctor.
Why Anxiety can cause Hair Loss
Anxiety is a prolonged form of stress which can cause conditions such as:
This is where the sufferer feels an uncontrollable urge to pull out their hair from their head and other parts of the body.
Compulsive Skin Picking
This is a form of OCD that is associated with anxiety and stress – the sufferer again feels an urge to pick at imperfections that aren’t there. This commonly occurs on the scalp which can damage hair follicles leading to hair loss.
This condition causes large clumps of hair to fall out; often hair will never grow back.
Are there any treatments?
Sometimes, hair loss experienced during periods of anxiety will grow back when the anxiety is overcome. However, in some cases hair loss is permanent. Hair loss can cause a severe lack of confidence, but the good news is that you don’t have to stick with it; hair transplants in the UK, are becoming more and more popular and are an excellent solution when it comes to this problem.
Hair loss is not always caused by anxiety, there may be another reason for it, which is why it is important to consult your doctor should you noticed any problems or changes. Here at the Aesthetic Skin Clinic, we provide hair transplants and a range of cosmetic treatments, if you would like more information in regards to our services, please get in contact with our team!
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