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October 1962

Management of Aging Skin with Cosmetics

Author Affiliations


Professor and Head, Department of Dermatology and Syphilology, The State University of Iowa (Dr. Carney) and Dean, College of Pharmacy, The State University of Iowa (Dr. Zopf).

Arch Dermatol. 1962;86(4):404-406. doi:10.1001/archderm.1962.01590100018005

Man has certainly been concerned with aging of the skin since the beginning of time, and attempts to combat this phenomenon with cosmetic preparations have probably been made for nearly as long. We are not yet able to turn back the clock and restore youth to aged skin, but certainly some advances have been made in slowing the aging process and in making it more acceptable.

Aging of the skin is attended by thinning and atrophy of the epidermis, by decreased secretion of sebum, and by increased dryness of the skin. The stratum corneum is usually more thin, but some scaliness may be evident due to the decrease in waterholding capacity. The dermis also undergoes changes, particularly in exposed areas, with thinning,

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