Ageless Brown Skin: Overview

There are clear and dramatic differences in the development of skin aging in women with brown skin as compared to women with white skin. Although hereditary factors may be involved, these differences are most likely related to the protective properties of increased melanin content in the skin. Aging among women and men of African, Hispanic and Asian descent does occur, but it is more pronounced in those individuals with lighter skin hues. The more melanin present in the skin, presumably the more protection one has from the ravages of aging. Also, the characteristics of aging tend to occur at a more advanced age in those with brown skin as compared to whites. Unlike white skin where deep wrinkles, brown skin spots, and pre-cancerous growths develop, brown skin develops finer wrinkles, uneven skin tones and warty-like growths. Another common characteristic of brown skin is its loss of support with a hollowness of the cheeks and prominent sagging of the skin especially in the neck and jawline areas. Read below to learn how your skin ages.

Your 30s

  • Slight loss of the radiance of the skin with the onset of dullness
  • Slight appearance of frown lines on the forhead
  • Appearance of small growths on the cheeks

Your 40s

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  • Uneven skin tone due to sun exposure and irregular pigmentation
  • Growths such as dermatosis papulosa on the face enlarge and skin tags on the neck grow as well as seborrheic keratoses on the body
  • Frown lines on the forehead begin to appear in repose
  • Increasing prominence of the line from the edge of the nose to the corners of the mouth
  • A few very fine lines around the eyes and mouth especially in Asian and Latina skin
  • The beginning of pockets of fatty tissue such as under the chin and under the eye

Your 50s

  • Dryer, more dull complexion due to loss of estrogen at menopause
  • Darker facial skin compared to your neck or chest
  • Increasing prominence of fine lines and wrinkles, especially in lighter Asian and Latina skin
  • Deepening of the groove lines from the edge of the nose to the corners of the mouth
  • Sagging of the skin, especially in the area between the nose and the outer corner of the mouth, or in the neck and jawline
  • Lines across the forehead are more prominent and are becoming etched in
  • Cheeks begin to have a hollow appearence
  • White spots on the legs and arms that are not signs of vitiligo (known as idiopathic guttate hypomelanosis)
  • Age (or liver) spots on the face and hands primarily in lighter Asian and Latina skin

Your 60s and beyond

  • More prominent sagging of the skin on the face, and chin and jawline
  • Loss of volume of the cheeks with a hollow appearence
  • Deep grooves from the edge of the nose to the corners of the mouth
  • Lines across the forehead are etched in
  • Permanent frown lines on the forehead giving the appearance of being angry
  • Prominent bag of fat under the eyes

Now that you have a better understanding of how your skin ages, it is time to decide how to turn back the hands of time. There are many procedures that accomplish your goals. They may range from chemical peels and microdermabrasion for the skin discoloration, to Botulinum toxin for frown and forehead lines, to filler substances such as Restylane, Juvederm, Hylaform, and Collagen for the lines between the nose and angles of the mouth, to laser treatments for stimulate new collagen formation.

Also see: Photoaging -vs- Intrinsic Aging | Ageless Asian Skin | Ageless Latino Skin | Ageless Black Skin | Anti-Aging Cream

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