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.

ByHealthwise Staff
Primary Medical ReviewerKathleen Romito, MD - Family Medicine
Specialist Medical ReviewerGayle E. Stauffer, RN - Registered Nurse

Current as ofJune 7, 2017

Current as of: June 7, 2017

Author: Healthwise Staff

Medical Review: Kathleen Romito, MD - Family Medicine & Gayle E. Stauffer, RN - Registered Nurse