Thinning skin can be very easily lacerated or torn by just a minor accidental bump against something hard.
The condition of fragile and thin skin is more common than you might think. Most of us develop thin skin on our lower legs and forearms, which is mainly due to advancing years.
The condition of fragile and thin skin: Causes and protection
It has been reported that skin tears may have an incidence rate of 15.5% among patients over 65 years (Konya et al, 2010). With an increasing elderly population, it is believed by some that the incidence of skin tears in the elderly will become one of the largest problems in wound care. Dermatuff have found that most people who buy on our e-commerce site suffer from at least one skin tear per week. Thin skin and the resulting skin tears are a huge problem that sufferers and the NHS face. That is why, prevention with Dermatuff is key.
Common wounds associated with thin skin
The common wounds from having thin skin are known as ‘skin tears’ or ‘skin flaps’ and need to be treated professionally and urgently. An ambulance may need to be called for a visit to Accident and Emergency. Repeat treatment will be needed frequently, often going on for weeks. These skin tears can easily turn into leg ulcers which can take a year to heal with much inconvenience and pain.
The effect on our mental health
Protection for thin skin
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