THE CORRECT ANSWER: YES, OUR *SKIN* DOES AGE FASTER.

Aging in humans in particular, because we are long lived animals, is due largely to accumulated cellular degeneration.

Of the three Major Races Asian and Black skin is THICKER, more COMPACT, and Ages More Slowly than White Skin.

Asian and black skin has thicker and more compact dermis than white skin, with the thickness being proportional to the degree of pigmentation. This likely contributes to the lower incidence of facial rhytides in Asians and blacks. In addition, darker skin types are thought to have more cornified cell layers and greater lipid content compared to white stratum corneum.

The major cell type of the dermis is the fibroblast, which synthesizes the main structural elements of the dermis. Black skin has been found to have more numerous, larger, and more nucleated fibroblasts, smaller collagen fiber bundles, and more macrophages than white skin.29 Chronological aging reduces the life span of fibroblasts; their potential for division being lower in the elderly. Fibroblast functionality and reactivity likely contribute to both the aging phenomena and abnormal scarring.

See Scientific Paper: Aging Differences in Ethnic Skin

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