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Intrinsic and extrinsic ageing - what's the difference?

9th August 2014

We all have to age at some stage, but most of us would prefer to delay this process as much as possible. There are essentially two types of ageing people undergo, these being intrinsic and extrinsic. The difference between these will be outlined below.

Intrinsic ageing - is ongoing and unavoidable

This type of ageing is often unavoidable and is likely to affect the best of us. It often begins in our mid-20s and is normally an ongoing and continuous process. With this type of ageing you will notice a formation of wrinkles, crow' feet, sagging skin and much more. They say menopause and a reduction of collagen production are the two main culprits behind the development of intrinsic type of ageing.

Extrinsic ageing- is affected by external and environmental factors

This type of ageing focuses on ageing that is caused from external factors like smoking or environmental factors like sun exposure. These factors can lead to premature ageing so the earlier you know about these, the easier it is to avoid them.

You will find that taking precautions like applying sunscreen will come in handy and save you from being affected by extrinsic ageing. The advantage of this type of ageing is that you can take full control and prevent it from affecting your skin provided you have a good understanding on the contributory factors that lead to it in the first place.

Further thoughts

You can always get further insight on how ageing works from an experienced skin specialist at one of our sk:n clinics. You can even start one of our skin rejuvenation treatments like Fraxel, if this is something that's been concerning you for a long time.

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