Dr. Mack Stewart, a doctor of cosmetic medicine, leads Thursday’s Walk With a Doc at Rose Rudman Trail. He will discuss skin and the aging process.

Walk With a Doc, a project of the Smith County Medical Society, begins with registration at 5:45 p.m. The presentation begins at 6 p.m. followed by walking.

1. How does skin naturally age?

The skin is the largest organ of our body. The skin ages just like our other organs. It is affected by diet, life style, genetics, and diseases like diabetes or thyroid disease. In addition, the skin is affected by outer influences, such as the sun and topical toxins. These factors contribute to what we all know when we see it, aging skin. The tone becomes dull, the texture roughens, red and brown spots and wrinkles appear, and there is loss of elasticity and laxity.

2. What are some things that can combat the aging process?

The most powerful thing we can do to combat skin aging is sun protection. In addition, things that are generally healthy for our body are good for the skin. Avoid smoking, drugs and alcohol. Eat healthy foods and stay well hydrated. Today’s medical grade skin care helps us to have healthier skin, and healthier skin looks younger.

3. What causes wrinkles and age spots and can you prevent them? Fix them?

The major cause of wrinkles and age spots is sun exposure. Even on cloudy days our skin is assaulted by UVA rays which are primarily responsible for the skin aging. Our best defense is mineral sunblock. These sunblocks contain zinc or titanium. The mineral content should be 7% or greater. Make up should also be a mineral makeup, free of chemicals that can age the skin. Fortunately, today we have many ways to treat the effects of aging skin. This starts with medical grade skin care available from a physician’s office. The next step is dependent on the specific skin problems a person has. Broad Band light, lasers, photodynamic therapy, radio frequency, microfocused ultrasound, dermal fillers and Botox are all used to treat the changes of aging.

4. What are general skin care recommendations you would give to someone in their 20’s? 40’s? 60’s?

As already stated, sun protection is foremost at any age. For those in their 20’s and 30’s, it is a good time to start medical grade skin care with antioxidants, acid exfoliates and Retin A. Photo facials can be started at any age and have been shown to slow the aging of the skin. By the time we hit our 40s we generally benefit from dermal fillers and Botox. We continue these treatments and other treatments as they are needed in our 50’s and 60’s, and on.

Dr. Mack Stewart to discuss skin, aging process at Walk With a Doc by: Pamela Hendrix published:

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