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A Deeper Look at Extrinsic Aging

By: Jennifer Linder, MD
Posted: October 31, 2012, from the November 2012 issue of Skin Inc. magazine.
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Ensuring clients get their eight hours is important to good health in general. Of course, a good night’s sleep isn’t enough on its own, but it is the easiest and least expensive way to fight extrinsic aging and will help support other ongoing protective and corrective efforts.

Knowing that the vast majority of cutaneous aging is external, prevention should be your first line of defense, as well as your clients’. Daily use of broad-spectrum sunscreen is an imperative first step in fighting extrinsic aging. Regular chemical peels and other types of professional treatments can help to keep surface texture at its best, stimulate collagen and elastin deposition, reduce skin discoloration and lead to overall healthy skin. With the right lifestyle choices and professional treatments, together you can make a difference. Educate your clients on the importance of compliance with their specified regimens, and empower them to know that looking younger and healthier is within their control.


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Jennifer Linder, MD, is a dermatologist and Mohs micrographic skin surgeon, serving as CSO for PCA Skin. She holds a clinical faculty position in the department of dermatology at the University of California, San Francisco; is a spokesperson for The Skin Cancer Foundation; and is a member of the American Academy of Dermatology (AAD), the American Society for Dermatologic Surgery (ASDS) and the American College of Mohs Micrographic Surgery and Cutaneous Oncology (ACMMSCO).

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