Thin Skin in Older Adults

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.

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.

Current as ofApril 1, 2019

Author: Healthwise Staff
Kathleen Romito, MD - Family Medicine
Gayle E. Stauffer, RN - Registered Nurse

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