The appearance of dry or rough skin is due to the irregular shedding of the cells of the upper part of the skin (epidermis).  As we age, dead cells tend to ‘clump up’ rather than being evenly shed. The skin looks dry and rough because it no longer reflects light evenly. Moisturizers can temporarily improve the appearance but do not last long nor do they effectively address the real problem. The effects of years of sun exposure are cumulative and may remain hidden. However, they will eventually be apparent in the form of rough and dry skin. The total amount of sun exposure (ultraviolet) and genetic factors play a significant role.

An Exam using UV photography will show what damage has been accumulated. Sun exposure reduces the amount of collagen in the skin, and prevents the formation of new collagen. This condition has also associated with the dehydration of a reduction in the amount of moisture-retaining proteins resulting in the skin losing its ability to recover its normal shape from stretching.  Sun exposure also affects the elastin fibres in the skin, creating a pebbled uneven texture.

The Rosenthal Clinic offers several options to effectively treat skin of this type. The best course of action can only be established with a personal consultation to determine any relevant medical factors and timescales that may affect the choice of treatment.

 

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