Mature Skin Overview

Mature Skin Problems

Skin goes through a lot of changes as you age -- while you may not have had acne, dry skin or skin diseases in the past, it's possible to develop these conditions as your skin matures.

Menopause can make women more prone to breakouts -- pores enlarge during this time, making it easier for them to become clogged with sebum and dead skin and cause acne. Women with naturally oily skin may experience more breakouts during menopause than women with normal or dry skin. Hormone fluctuations during menopause can also cause an increase in facial hair in women, which is harmless but may make women feel self-conscious [source: Poirot].

Dry skin can also be an issue for people with mature skin, especially in the winter. Itchiness and dry skin patches are a common occurrence -- about 85 percent of older people develop a condition called "winter itch," which occurs when dry indoor heat or cold outdoor temperatures make skin particularly dry and itchy. Using an intensive moisturizer may help ward off dry, flaky skin [source: WebMD].

Skin conditions such as eczema, rosacea and keratoses can also develop in old age. In fact, there are certain types of eczema that appear only in people between the ages of 55 and 65 [source: American Academy of Dermatology]. If you have concerns about your skin and any new textures or growths, talk to your dermatologist.

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