Thin Skin in Older Adults

Thin Skin in Older Adults

Cross section of thicker skin and thinner skin

The skin of younger adults is thick. As people get older, the skin gets thinner. It's easier for the skin to tear. This means an increased chance of injury, such as pressure injuries. Older adults also can be more sensitive to cold because of thinner skin.

ByHealthwise StaffPrimary Medical Reviewer Kathleen Romito, MD - Family Medicine Gayle E. Stauffer, RN - Registered Nurse

Current as ofOctober 6, 2017

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