How to Treat Thin Skin


As you age, thin skin is a common problem caused by the loss of fat beneath the surface, states the Mayo Clinic. When you have thinning skin, you may find that it tears or bruises easily. Besides aging, sun damage, hereditary and medical disorders, such as Cushing’s syndrome and bleeding disorders, can cause thin skin. If you are concerned that the thin skin is caused by a medical condition, contact your doctor about treatment options.

Step 1

Drink a lot of water. Aim for a minimum of six to eight glasses of water per day.

Step 2

Put on clothing pieces to limit your skin’s exposure to the sun. Wear hats, long pants and long-sleeved shirts to protect the skin.

Step 3

Wear sunscreen. Choose a broad spectrum sunblock with SPF 15 or higher. If you plan to be outdoors for prolonged periods of time, reapply the sunblock every two hours.

Step 4

Eat a well-balanced diet. Your diet should consist of plenty of lean proteins, whole grains, vegetables, fruits and low-fat dairy products.

Step 5

Apply a moisturizing cream twice a day. The best time to apply the cream is after bathing to lock in the most water into the skin. Suggestions of creams for thin skin from the Mayo Clinic are Cetaphil and Eucerin.

About this Author

Heather Wood is a freelance writer who provides content to both traditional and new media publishers. She has worked professionally for five years and has appeared in numerous publications, including Gadgetell, Outlook by the Bay and Step in Style. She holds a Bachelor\’s degree in English from The College of New Jersey. Heather enjoys an active lifestyle and spends her free time running and skiing.