Medical Conditions

Some signs of aging that appear on the skin indicate more than advancing years; they warn of an underlying medical condition. What looks like an age spot could actually be an actinic keratosis. Left untreated, some actinic keratoses progress to skin cancer.

Dermatologists have the medical training needed to distinguish an age spot from skin cancer. They also regularly diagnose and treat the following medical conditions, which are more common in mature skin.

Skin Cancer
Skin cancer is the most common cancer in the United States, and the risk of developing it increases with age.


Nummular Eczema
Causing unique coin-shaped or oval lesions, this type of eczema often first appears between 55 and 65 years of age. Men tend to develop nummular eczema more frequently than women. For more information, visit: Nummular Dermatitis.

Redness, spider veins, and acne-like lesions on your face? You could have rosacea. To learn more, visit RosaceaNet.



Actinic Keratoses (AKs)
Are you bothered by rough, scaly patches on your skin? Do you see crusts or sores in areas that received years of sun exposure? These could be AKs, a common and potentially serious skin condition that should be treated. To learn more, visit ActinicKeratosesNet.

Adult Acne
Acne can persist well into one’s 30s, 40s, and 50s. Sometimes acne becomes a problem for the first time in midlife. Adult acne that becomes a problem should be evaluated by a dermatologist because acne in one’s adult years can be a sign of an underlying medical problem.


Seborrheic Keratoses
Often looking like a wart or skin cancer, seborrheic keratoses become more common and numerous with age. While not harmful, most people want these lesions removed. To learn more, visit Seborrheic Keratoses.

If you had chickenpox earlier in life and are now experiencing severe pain and have blisters on your skin, it could be shingles. To learn more, visit the AgingSkinNet FAQs.

Stasis Dermatitis
Developing in the lower legs, this type of eczema causes a rash that often itches. You also may have painful sores on your legs, thinning skin, and discoloration. To learn more, visit Stasis Dermatitis.

Related Link
Just Another Sign of Aging, or an Underlying Medical Condition?


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