Posts by Sarah A. Haydel, M.D.

Skin Sense: What Factors Impact our Skin?

Sarah A. Haydel, MD; Dermatologist, Haydel Dermatology, Houma, LA.

Every day, we make decisions on behalf of our skin: How to protect it, how to care for it and how to treat it. The skin is also faced with numerous challenges, starting with external factors we encounter every day—like sun exposure and pollution—and lifestyle decisions we make that can contribute to the aging process.

The biggest way that external factors affect the skin is through the breakdown of collagen. Think of youthful skin as a hard mattress: It contains strong collagen…

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