Peter Hibberd, M.D., is a doctor whose advice is based on more than 28 years of hospital outpatient and inpatient experience. He is an experienced emergency medicine physician, surgeon, and consultant. Dr. Hibberd is certified by the American Board of Emergency Medicine. He is also a fellow and active member of the American Academy of Family Physicians, an active member of the American College of Emergency Physicians, and a member and fellow of the American Academy of Emergency Medicine. Dr. Hibberd has earned numerous national and international professional certifications, memberships, and awards.

Can Thinning Skin Be Helped?

Monday, 10 May 2010 09:41 AM

Question: I am a 63-year-old man, and the skin on my hands and forearms has thinned to the point that a minor bump or scrape will cut, tear, or leave blood spots. Is there anything I can do to help remedy this condition? Is it a warning of something more serious?

Dr. Hibberd's Answer:

Unfortunately, normal aging of our skin leaves the dermal layer (the layer of cells that support the outer skin) relatively deprived of supporting elastin and subcutaneous tissue. The skin becomes less elastic, which leads to the tissue tears and scrapes so often seen in aging skin. Using moisturizer and reducing sun exposure have helped many reduce this problem.

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