Q&A with Dr. Amy Derick
Dr. Amy Derick, is a board-certified dermatologist who practices medical and cosmetic dermatology, and is founder and director of Derick Dermatology, located in Barrington and Crystal Lake, Ill. She took time out from busy schedule to address these questions posed by Healthy Yuma.
Healthy Yuma: As we age and hit our 50s and 60s and older, what are the skin problems we may face, and what are the contributing factors in these problems?
Dr. Derick: As we age, we have both intrinsic and extrinsic aging. Extrinsic aging is from the environment, predominately the sun. Extrinsic aging can present wrinkles, brown spots, irregularities of texture and skin cancers.
Healthy Yuma: What can we do to correct these problems, and otherwise ensure we keep our skin healthy and maintain its luster?
Dr. Derick: Get tailored advice by a board-certified dermatologist. Everyone's skin is different, and may require different strategies. For prevention of additional problems, it is important to wear sunscreen, avoid smoking and eat a balanced diet.
Healthy Yuma: Depending on the skin issues a middle-aged or elderly people, are there good over-the-counter ointments or treatment they can buy to apply on their own to their skin? How much should they figure on spending for these items, and where can they get them — at pharmacies, grocery stores?
Dr. Derick: Retinol is a good OTC ingredient. This is much weaker than the creams that are available by prescription, but they are the most effective OTC products. You can get these for less than $100 at the pharmacy — and they should last for longer than one month.
Healthy Yuma: As they approach their 50s, 60s and older, are there any particular kinds of cosmetics women, or men, should use or avoid?
Dr. Derick: None off the top of my head.
Healthy Yuma: As people get older, how often should they visit their dermatologists? Once a year?
Dr. Derick: It depends on risk factors. If you have fair skin, history of skin cancer, red hair, freckles, many moles, organ transplant or other reasons to have an altered immune system. You might have to come in more often. I think that once a year is sufficient for the majority of people.