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A Healthy-Skin Resource about Easily Bruised Skin Condition
Start taking better care of your skin today with a healthy skin goal. Personal consultation is available, read more below about our new health-web consulting service... Skin changes and bruising are among the most visible signs of aging. Evidence of increasing age includes face sagging skin and unwanted (especially by women) easily noticeable dark skin spots, bad looking dark circles under my eyes, and facial wrinkles.
Skin changes over the years are closely related to genetics, environment, nutrition and other factors. The most significant factor is sun exposure. This can be seen by comparing areas of your body that have regular sun exposure with areas that are protected from sunlight.
Natural pigments in the skin provide some protection against sun-caused skin damage, with blue-eyed, blond or red headed, and fair-skinned people show more skin changes and skin damage vs people with darker, more heavily pigmented skin.
Changes in the skin tissues reduce the skin's strength and skin elasticity, which is much more obvious in the body's sun exposed areas. Skin elastosis causes leathery, weather-beaten skin appearance common to construction workers, farmers, sailors, and others who spend lots of time out in the sun.
Blood vessels near the skins surface can become fragile, which in turn leads to bruising, which is basically a result of bleeding taking place under the skin. Glands make less oil as you age. Men experience a comparative minor decrease in oil and mostly after age 80. However, women gradually produce less oil beginning at a much younger age, starting after menopause. This can make it harder to keep the skin moist, resulting in dryness and itchiness.
The body skin fat layer provides insulation, protection and padding but tends to get thinner over time. Thinner skin increases the risk of skin injury (and thus getting easily bruised) and reduces your ability to maintain body temperature because you have less natural insulation and in cold weather, hypothermia is even possible. In addition, the skin sweat glands produce less sweat as the body and skin ages, making it harder for your body to stay cool, and you become a higher risk of overheating and possibly can get heat stroke, a serious medical condition. Skin growths such as unsightly dark spots, warts and other blemishes become common due to aging skin, as do skin wrinkles.
As you become older you have increased risk of skin injury. Your skin becomes thinner, more fragile, and its protective skin fat layer is lost. In addition, your ability to sense skin pressure, touch, vibrations, heat or cold is lowered. Thus, aged skin (top of the hands and arms in particular) is at more risk of injuries and becomes easily bruised skin.
Even very minor and inconsequential contacts can damage the skin as weaker blood vessels are broken easily, causing busied skin, which becomes easily bruised after very minor skin injury. Bruises are especially noticeable and commonly occurring on the lower arms and back of the hands, but can also happen anywhere else on the body. Loss of skin-fat combined with being less physically active, plus good nutrition issues and other medical conditions contribute to skin bruises.
As the skin ages the skin repairs itself more slowly than younger skin, with bruises and wound healing taking as much as four times longer. That contributes to skin infection, diabetic issues, blood vessel changes, reduced immunity to disease and affects overall body healing.
Skin issues are most common with older people making it sometimes difficult to judge normal changes from changes related to a medical disorder. More than 90% of older folks have some type of skin disorder during their lifetime. Skin problems and getting easily bruised skin may also be caused by diseases such as liver disease, diabetic neuropathy, early heart disease and arteriosclerosis. High stress, reactions to medications (in particular aspirin and blood thinner drugs), obesity, and nutritional deficiencies are other causes of getting easily bruised skin.
Long-term and ongoing use of aspirin, including being on an baby aspirin regimen for years is believed to be a perhaps significant cause of your skin becoming easily busied. However, the circulatory system, heart and health benefits gained from an aspirin regimen would seem more valuable to many folks vs possible easily bruised skin.
Therefore, it's highly questionable and somewhat dubious value if people undergoing aspirin therapy should discontinue the daily use of baby aspirin. Your doctor may recommend you switch to a daily ibuprofen regimen as a relatively new alternative to aspirin.
Blood thinners are used for the prevention of strokes, heart and circulation benefits. The most commonly used blood thinners are Aspirin, Coumadin and Plavix, and heart drugs such as Warfarin and Clopidogrel. All these medications have side-effects, one of which is easily bruised skin, which becomes more common with aging and other risk factors which contributes to easily bruised skin.
Where you live and your climate, skin sun exposure, exposure to chemicals, heating, plant allergies, clothing and misc allergies, plus other common exposures may also cause skin changes and lead to being easily busied. Strong sunlight and ongoing sun exposure causes a loss of skin elasticity, cell carcinoma, melanoma and non-cancer skin growths, and skin pigment changes such as liver spots, and other skin conditions.
Since most skin changes and susceptibility to bruising are closely related to sun exposure (and/or aspirin and blood thinner usage) with prevention being a more or less lifelong process. You should protect from sunburn, Use a quality sunscreen (perhaps even in winter, based on where you live), wear protective clothes and wide hats as much as possible (including when at the pool and swimming).
Lifetime long good nutrition and regular fluids are helpful. By your body and skin becoming dehydrated it increases your risk of skin injury. Dehydrated skin and minor nutritional shortcomings may cause skin rash, bruise susceptibility, unwanted skin-growth's and misc skin issues, even if no other symptoms are present.
Treatment for easy bruising includes Vitamin-C which helps your body produce collagen, which improves the skins defenses against impacts leading to bruises. We recommend at least 250-mg of vitamin-c daily. Zinc is also beneficial.
It's good if you keep your skin moist most of the time with good quality (natural or organic) skin lotions or botanical oil and avoid using perfumed soaps. The use of shower or bath oil is not recommended because they can cause you to easily slip and fall. Moist skin looks better and has a younger look and feel to it, plus your skin will feel more comfortable and any bruises will likely heal better and faster.
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