Skin Care Plans for Every Age

Dr. Marie Jhin, a dermatologist in the SF Bay area discusses how to treat your skin at any age.


Use mild soap and water, and a gentle lotion to keep the skin moisturized. Be careful not to use harsh, scented products on babies and kids—their skin is think and very sensitive.


Keep clean and stay away from products that are overly oil or greasy and opt for products like oil-free sunscreen. To treat acne, use a topical treatment that contains for benzoyl peroxide or salicylic acid. If your skin problems are severe, check in with your doctor or dermatologist for additional options.

In your 20s:

This is a great time to build good habits for the future! Get in the habit of drinking lots of water and use sunscreen every time you leave the house. Slap on a daily moisturizer that includes SPF and find a cleanser that works for your skin type. At night, use a moisturizer with retinol—a form of vitamin A that penetrates deep into your skin to stimulate cell growth.

In your 30s:

Find a cleanser with alpha hydroxy acids (AHAs), a class of chemicals that reduce the appearance of wrinkles and early signs of aging.

In your 40s and beyond:

Switch to creamy cleansers in the morning and at night to keep your skin soft and moisturized. Add an antioxidant-rich cream to your regiment and make sure you are keeping your skin out of the sun! You can ask your doctor for a retinoid cream to thicken your skin and increase collagen production.

And remember, no matter what age you are, the best thing you can do for your skin is show it some respect! Taking care of yourself is a lot more than using the right lotions and creams—it also means protecting your body from unnecessary abuse. Avoid prolonged, unprotected sun exposure which causes wrinkles and damage to your cells, eat well to encourage healthy cell growth and stay away from cigarettes, which decrease blood flow to your skin and reduce elasticity.

If you’d like more information on how to treat your skin at any age, contact Robert, our Patient Manager, to schedule an appointment. He can be reached at or by phone at 415-371-8600 (SF office) or 650-551-9700 (Peninsula office).