Thin skin, tissue paper skin, crepe paper skin is fragile or thin skin that tears easily. There are multiple causes of thin skin, including aging, sun exposure, genetics, medication side effects, or medical conditions. As you age, your skin is thinner, more fragile, and the protective superficial fat layer is lost. In addition, your ability to sense touch, pressure, vibration, heat and cold may also be reduced. Thus, your aging skin is at higher risk for injury.
Rubbing or pulling on the skin can cause skin tears. Fragile blood vessels are easily broken. Bruises, flat or raised collections of blood may form after even a minor injury. This is most easily seen on the outside surface of the forearms, but can occur anywhere on the body. Skin changes and loss of subcutaneous fat, combined with a tendency to be less active, as well as some nutritional deficiencies and other illnesses contribute to the thinning of the skin. Aging skin repairs itself more slowly than younger skin. Thin skin also lacks moisture and sweat glands. There is no real cure for “thin skin,” “tissue paper skin,” or “Crepe paper skin.”
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