How to Address Skin Issues Every Decade

Mother and daughter laughing together How to Address Skin Issues Every Decade

Skin evolves as you age, and these changes are a natural part of life. By creating a quality skincare regimen and seeing a cosmetic dermatology provider, you can enjoy healthy and glowing skin at every age. Here’s how dermatologists recommend taking care of your skin through the decades.

Skin Issues for Each Generation

20s

Your twenties are a time to set a skincare foundation. During this decade, dermatologists often notice patients with dryness and the first signs of sun damaged skin. Some people may also be dealing with breakouts.

If you’re in your twenties, work on finding a moisturizer that fits your skin type. Keeping your skin moisturized will help minimize the signs of wrinkles in the decades to come. This is also when many people start taking skin cancer prevention more seriously. Get diligent about wearing sunscreen and see your dermatologist for regular skin cancer screenings. They can also recommend an acne-fighting regimen for anyone experiencing adult acne.

30s

Most people start to see the first signs of skin aging in their thirties. Cell turnover, as well as collagen and elastin production, start to slow down during this decade. People in their thirties often see their dermatologists about fine lines, dry skin, and pigmentation concerns.

Dermatologists often recommend products like retinol and vitamin C to patients in their thirties. These products can boost the skin’s vibrancy and address fine lines. Your thirties are also a great time to get started with cosmetic treatments like chemical peels, microdermabrasion, and injectable fillers.

40s

During your forties, the skin’s natural aging process starts to rev up. You’ll likely notice facial volume loss and deeper wrinkles. This is when your dermatologist may recommend starting more consistent wrinkle treatments. Laser resurfacing, chemical peels, dermal fillers, and topical treatments can help people in their forties maintain facial volume.

As for your at-home skincare routine, be sure to focus on moisturizing the skin. Sun protection is also key at this time of your life, as sun damage from your twenties has likely caught up with you. Your dermatologist can help you develop an anti-aging skincare routine to try at home.

50s

Your fifties are a great time to start treating yourself to cosmetic treatments on a more consistent basis. The skin typically becomes drier during this time, and you might notice more sun spots popping up. Women will experience thinner and drier skin due to the hormonal changes of menopause. Your dermatologist can help you maintain your skin’s moisture barrier.

Keep in mind that people aged 50 and above have a higher risk of developing skin cancer. So it’s essential to see your dermatologist for routine screenings and perform self-checks at home. And, of course, continue to wear sunscreen daily.

60+

Maintenance is key when you reach your sixties and beyond. Work with your dermatologist to create a gentle skincare routine to keep your skin moisturized. They may also recommend annual laser treatments or similar touch-ups to maintain your skin’s appearance. Call your dermatologist about any new or changing moles or areas of pigmentation that you may notice. Early detection is key to addressing skin cancer.


Aging skin is a natural part of life, and a dermatologist can help you feel your best at any age. The team at Pacific Dermatology Specialists will be by your side through the decades, helping you maintain healthy and glowing skin. With locations in Carson, CA, and other communities in the Greater Los Angeles area, we offer cosmetic, medical, and surgical dermatology services to address a variety of skin concerns. Contact us today to schedule an appointment.

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