Thin Skin in Older Adults

Drawings of a 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 (pressure sores). Older adults also can be more sensitive to cold because of thinner skin.

Current as of: August 7, 2019

Author: Healthwise Staff
Medical Review:
Kathleen Romito MD - Family Medicine
Thomas M. Bailey MD - Family Medicine
Adam Husney MD - Family Medicine
Gayle E. Stauffer, RN - Registered Nurse

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