Skin atrophy is the natural degeneration of the outer layer of skin, called the epidermis. The epidermis begins to lose its collagen content and the skin becomes thinner with the paper-like feel to it.
Who is affected by skin atrophy?
It happens naturally to everyone during the aging process. It starts in middle-age and by the time a person becomes a senior citizen, skin atrophy usually becomes apparent.
What health problems are associated with skin atrophy?
Because the natural elasticity in cushioning of the epidermis has been diminished, there is a heightened risk for bruising and ulcers in people with the skin condition. In general, they need to be more cognizant of any cuts or bruising to the skin and monitor them closely due to risk of infection. Bruising and cuts to the skin are generally slower to heal for people with skin atrophy, as well.
Are there any treatments or remedies?
There are a few topical creams that can be applied and have shown promise. See your dermatologist if you’re interested in pursuing them. In the vast majority of cases however, no medication or treatment is needed. It is a natural product of aging and one simply needs to be vigilant in monitoring any ulcers or infections that may develop on the skin.