The Spanish Academy of Dermatology and Venereology (AEDV) aims to show the most common conditions that may suffer skin these people and how to address them, for example, thanks to healthy food throughout the year to achieve skin care.
“Among the changes at this age skin thinning and dryness, itching, seborrheic keratoses, lentigines and angiomas they include”
Specifically, according to Dr. Manuel Ginarte, a member of this academy, in EU countries the percentage of people over 65 years ranged between 13% in Ireland and 21% in Italy. In Spain the figure is 18%, but with large differences between urban and rural. “By the year 2029 25% of Spaniards have more than 65 years.”
From the point of view dermatologic, Dr. explains that the skin undergoes a physiological aging associated with age and other associated with sun exposure habits according to our past life. Other factors, such as smoking or pollution may also influence the skin aging. This will cause several changes in the structure and function of the skin that result in the appearance of benign lesions, sometimes only cosmetic nature, but other entail inconvenience and decrease the quality of life of people.
These changes include thinning and skin dryness, itching, seborrheic keratoses, lentigines, hemangiomas and other vascular problems secondary alterations are included. Moreover, some of these benign disorders can suffer complications such as infection or bleeding.
Albeit with aging also increases the risk of skin cancer, especially NMSC (nonmelanoma skin cancer, mainly basal cell and squamous). This incidence increases especially after 60 years, depending on skin type and previous history of sun exposure.
In this sense, the AEDV emphasize primary and secondary prevention. This is the case of proper hygiene by avoiding irritants, insisting on foot care and recommend periodic review of the entire skin for early detection of premalignant or malignant lesions, either by the patient or when this is not possible by health workers or caregivers.