Ouchie, skin tears are no fun. As we age we tend to get thinner skin, especially on the arms. We casually bump into something, and it rips. What’s up with that?
Skin thins out from age, dehydration, sun exposure, and sometimes from corticosteroids (like Prednisone).
As we weather the years, without special care our skin loses hydration, collagen fibers, and natural oils. (So be proactive, care for your skin and reduce the odds!)
Here is the care you need for strong healthy skin.
- Great hydration. (Add celtic sea salt to your water – see Watercure for best hydration.)
- Shade yourself from the sun. Wear long-sleeved shirts and hats. Or use good sunscreen (but avoid sunscreen with parabens, which cause multiple health problems).
- Moisturize your skin a lot. Dry skin leads to thin skin. And dry skin tears easier. Good choices are Jojoba oil, vitamin E oil, and vitamin C cream. You might try medical grade moisturizers such as Vanicream. (Some recommend Cetaphil and CeraVe – however for any topical product, check its safety at EWG’s Skin Deep cosmetics database.)
- To boost the health of your skin, eat nuts, fatty fish, tomatoes, and spinach. If you like you can take flax oil or fish oil. (Be aware that fish oil also thins the blood.)
(In the past couple years, needle rollers are all the rage for building collagen. I researched them but apparently they cause skin infections so I’m not going to recommend them.)
If you already have thin skin and frequent tears, it is even more important to use moisturizers and to drink plenty of water, along with healthy sea salt.
In addition ask your doctor about topical vitamin A (retinol, Retin-A cream).
Protective arm sleeves are a good idea.
How to treat a skin tear like the one in the picture:
1 Wash the wound with saline water.
2 Gently move the flap back into place and spread it down as well as you can.
3 Pat dry the area around the wound.
4 Use a nonstick petroleum gauze on the wound and bandage it (without putting tape directly on skin). If you don’t have access to petroleum gauze, and the wound is small, you might try leaving it open to the air and dabbing a little antibiotic ointment or petroleum on the raw areas. (Of course you want to protect it with a bandage, but if that wound to sticks to the bandage it will tear again.)
Our bodies last longer now than ever before, but the aggravations of age can be challenging.
As one of my favorite ladies of all time said, “Getting old is not for sissies.”
Thanks to Pixabay for this pic.