April 22, 2022 5 min read
When it comes to aging as a woman, it turns out that menopause doesn’t really pause anything.
Say hello to hot flashes, chills, night sweats, and, worst of all, thin skin.
You’re probably thinking: You have got to be kidding me.
Unfortunately, we are not kidding. But we get it—on a sweaty, sleepless, visceral level. Women go through way too much in their lives to then have to deal with fragile, crepey skin.
But chin up! No matter your age or skin thickness, this guide is here to help you understand thinning skin. Read on to find out what causes thin skin and how to treat it to help promote skin health.
Does your skin tear or bruise easily, even with the slightest bump or scratch? Can you see your veins, or even your bonds and tendons, right through your skin?
Then you most likely have thin skin. But that’s ok! Fortunately, there are various ways you can strengthen and protect your skin, even as you age.
Thin skin is slightly different from crepey skin, which is wrinkly and hangs loose in bunches around the face and knees.
Each of your skin’s layers serves a different role in protecting your body and helping it function. To understand what causes thin skin and how to treat it, you first have to grasp your biggest organ's inner workings.
Here’s the breakdown:
Thin skin occurs when your skin’s three layers go through the following changes:
It’s never too late to start taking good care of your largest organ. To learn how to mitigate thin skin, you first have to understand why it happens.
Here are the main causes of thin, fragile skin:
Thin skin is caused primarily by damage to elastin and collagen reduction through aging and sun damage. The good news is both components can be repaired with conscientious effort and the right products.
There are two main ways to tackle your paper-thin predicament:
While treatment for thin skin through prevention is ideal, you should never give up on your skin if it’s already thin or weak. All hope is not lost—it just might take a bit more effort to reverse the damage.
#1: How to Prevent Skin from Becoming Thinner
Whether you’re protecting your skin or trying to prevent further damage, here are the primary ways you can slow down age-related skin symptoms, preserve your youthful glow, and promote healthy skin:
The short answer: yes, skin can be thickened.
While you can’t entirely reverse the process of skin thinning, there are ways to increase collagen, repair elastin, and improve your skin’s overall appearance. The most important thing to do, however, is continue to prevent your skin from becoming even thinner by following the tips mentioned above.
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