Middle age skin

  1. Middle age skin is more difficult to care for than teenage skin! It gets dry in some areas, oily in others and sometimes it's dry and oily in the very same places. Zits and wrinkles? What's normal for middle age skin?

    So---I'm curious about everyone's skin care routines. Have they changed much over the years? Do you see a dermatologist?

    I'm very fair---kinda rocking the middle-age vampire look---and I always wear sunscreen and have used Retin-A for years without any problems. Don't smoke, don't tan and I don't have many wrinkles. Never used to have to wear moisturizer but the last year or so I need it---and then I get oily and it starts all over again. I have allergies to many cosmetics so I don't dare use drugstore makeup or even many department store lines.

    <sigh> I suppose it's time to make an appointment to see a dermatologist, huh? Getting my toe fixed this week, mammogram the next week, gyno the week after---all I need is a colonoscopy and I guess I'm ready for middle age!

    I'll make a derm appointment Tuesday. Phooey!
  2. 37 Comments

  3. by   Grace Oz
    Welcome to life as mid-lifer! LOL
  4. by   Jolie
    Thanks for starting this thread!

    I'm 45, have always had oily skin (and still do), and need to find some products that are good for preventing blackheads and plumping up my skin.

    I don't have wrinkles per se, (yeah!) but do notice that my skin isn't as elastic or firm as it used to be.

    Retin-A isn't an option due to sun sensitivity.

    Anyone have a product line they love? My budget is limited to drug-store stuff at this time. Perhaps once the business gets up and running, I may be able to indulge in something more pricey.

    Thanks for your suggestions! I'm clueless
  5. by   VivaLasViejas
    I've spent summers in the sun for most of my life, so I've got very dry skin and a fair number of wrinkles, which are multiplying with every ten pounds I lose. I've never even had a skin-care ritual and wouldn't know where to start.........I hate the greasy feel of lotions and creams, and I absolutely REFUSE to wear foundation. What's an almost-51-year-old to do??
  6. by   live4today
    No wrinkles...a few crinkles...Jergen's Lotion and Oil of Olay are my long time favorite skin products. May the blessings upon my skin (added with good dna) continue.
  7. by   Moogie
    Yikes! I saw my primary provider today for my pre-op physical and asked her about my skin concerns, hoping to avoid having to see a dermatologist. She prescribed a fade cream for this little itty bitty teeny weeny spot that shows up like dirt on my vampire-white skin and it's going to cost $135 a tube. Yeow! So, going to try some OTC Esoterica fade cream first. When I get done with my current tube of Micro Retin-A, I'm going to ask her for a prescription for something a little milder, maybe Renova, that my skin can tolerate more easily.

    I am AMAZED at the variety of products now in the Oil of Olay line. I've heard that the products are just as effective as more expensive products (except for those that require prescriptions.) I just don't dare try too many products because of my allergies. I once went to a Mary Kay party and, after the demonstrator applied some foundation, I broke out in giant hives. I don't think anyone bought Mary Kay that night!

    BTW, Cheerfuldoer, I love your kitten avatar! Looks like my son's kitten, Moses, and almost as active!
  8. by   Spidey's mom
    I use whatever I find on sale that doesn't cause pimples - sometimes our Grocery Outlet has the more expensive OTC stuff on their shelves for way less.

    If I could go back in time - I'd wear sunscreen from the age of 3.

    I have freckles and sun-age spots. People say I look younger than 52 . . . but I think it is because Danny is standing there and he is only 8.

    What I'd like is a line filler . . .OTC . . .and cheap!

    My dermatologist is too expensive to do any old lady treatments . . . . moles are the only thing I go in to have him remove.

  9. by   Moogie
    Quote from Spidey's mom
    If I could go back in time - I'd wear sunscreen from the age of 3.
    Oh, I hear you on this, Steph!

    I was never much of a sunbather because I don't really tan and I burn easily. I tried to tan a few times in high school and nursing school---when getting a tan meant slathering yourself with baby oil and frying until you were brown as a berry or as red as a lobster. After I'd be several shades of pink, I'd turn a sickly, jaundiced shade and would look like I had hepatitis. But I continued, half-heartedly, to try to tan because in high school and even in college, people made fun of me for being so pale. When I was twenty-three, I decided to try a suntan booth---I believed all the hype about "safe tanning" and wanted, just once, to have a real suntan. Well, I went for about ten sessions or so and for me, I was very dark. Much darker than I'd ever been in my life. I went to buy some new lipstick and was told by the saleswoman at the Clinique counter that the shade would look sooooo pretty once I got tan! What!?! I WAS tan! For me, anyway.

    About that time I started working on an inpatient dermatology floor; the clinical nurse specialist was an amazingly beautiful woman, well into her sixties, who looked maybe forty-five at the most. She said that she had worn sunscreen every day since she had gotten into derm and that when she was outside, she always wore a hat. I believe she also used Crisco every night as a moisturizer! I decided I wanted to have skin that looked as good as hers when I was her age, so I stopped wasting my time and money trying to tan and I started wearing sunscreen every single day, even if I wasn't going to be outside that day. I have always used Clinique City Block sunscreen and I wear it on my no-makeup days, but now I use a MAC foundation primer with 50 SPF on my face.

    Now I get a little obsessive about making sure that my pale skin remains that way. I have a couple of dark spots due to hormonal changes and they are very noticeable on a complexion the shade of typing paper. Hopefully the Esoterica my PA recommended will be enough but if the spots aren't faded within about six weeks to two months, I will opt for the (expensive) prescription cream.

    And sunscreen. Always sunscreen.
  10. by   netglow
    I am 46. Like a few of you I was always outside and at the pool/beach/lake as a kid/teenager... remember sea and ski suntan lotion? Well, lots of freckles and sunspots... spurred on by BCP's especially when I started taking them continuously before my hyst. I have become quite sensitive to creams etc. and will break out too. I don't go in the sun any longer, I use Loreal self tanner instead. I was born fair skinned, you'd be surprised how tan I used to get.

    I use Loreal moisturizer on cheeks and neck which ever the one is for old ladies! (white jar) Like it best because it doesn't try to peel your skin as much as the others do. Oil of Olay is no good anymore for me, it now makes me break out. I have a heavier vaseline creme version of the petrolatum that I use on dry spots, it comes in a squeeze tube that is white with a blue cap. If I break out (here is a tip) I will put on St. Ives clay mask on the breakout overnite for a few nites.... gone! Another tip, if you do get a reddish breakout and want to tone things down, put a little visine (get the red out version) right on the spot, rub it in a bit, then another drop and do the rest of your makup. After a minute or so, the redness is gone for several hours!!!
  11. by   Pierrette
    Quote from Spidey's mom
    What I'd like is a line filler . . .OTC . . .and cheap!
    I went for the line and sag remover ... a facelift.
  12. by   Spidey's mom
    Quote from Pierrette
    I went for the line and sag remover ... a facelift.
    I worry about that - I've met some women with a facelift and yet their neck and hands didn't match their face anymore.

    One of my first patients that I helped to code had a breast augmentation in the 1960's and they were hard as a rock and what my dad used to call "torpedo tits". It was very difficult to do CPR. :imbar (Not sure why I added this story)

    I pull my skin back while looking in the mirror sometimes . . . . and the lines DO disappear. It just takes a little tiny pull.

  13. by   Pierrette
    Quote from Spidey's mom
    One of my first patients that I helped to code had a breast augmentation in the 1960's and they were hard as a rock and what my dad used to call "torpedo tits".
    When I wrote "sag remover", I meant facial.

    I feel embarrassed now.
  14. by   Spidey's mom
    Quote from Pierrette
    When I wrote "sag remover", I meant facial.

    I feel embarrassed now.

    Are you sure?

    It is ok Pierrette . . .I'm tempted too. It is frustrating to me to have people always say "you look tired".

    Last night at Run Review for the ER . . . one of the nurses leaned over and said just that.

    I wasn't tired - I felt pretty good and energized. AND I'd just had my hair colored - all my gray roots were gone.

    But it was like she stuck a pin in me and I deflated . . .

    I never say "you look tired" to people.