Many people suffer from thin skin on face and hands. Thin skin occurs due to genetics, too much sun, hormonal issues and natural aging. The condition is no fun-think skin bruise easily and keeps on worsening with age. Sometimes, certain drugs like blood thinners or steroidal medicines prescribed for bladder prolapse etc can also cause skin thinness. Here are some remedies
If your skin’s thinness is caused by steroids, you must start with a complete liver detox to remove them from your system. Drink plenty of water and take activated charcoal, Schizandra and Goji extracts. These are great for detoxification. Also drink juices and smoothies. Avoid eating red meat, refined foods and sugar on the days you are fasting for detoxification. However, you must continue taking all medicines as prescribed by your doctor.
2. Dry body brushing
Dry body brushing can exfoliate the dead skin cells, stimulate blood circulation and also activate the sluggish excretory system into flushing out all toxins through the lymph nodes. If your skin is very thin, dry body brush gently using a good quality boar bristle brush. Do this prior to bathing.
3. Oil massages
Oil massages may not thicken the skin but they can heal bruises, and protect the thin skin from further damage. Here are top oils to use for massage: Borage oil, Evening primrose oil, coconut oil, Jojoba oil and olive oil. All these are fantastic oils for massaging think skin. Jojoba oil is actually very similar in composition to human sebum secreted by the skin. As a result, it is readily absorbed and heals, protects and soothes thin skin from further damage.
Yoga is a complete mind-body technique. It impacts almost every aspect of our body and the skin is no different. Do yoga poses but make sure you learn them from a certified practitioner.
5. Tips for thin skin in bedridden, incontinent or elderly patients
Mechanical trauma such as adhesive tape removal, bumping into furniture etc can all cause skin tears in thin skin on elderly people. It is important to identify this trauma and prevent it by padding furniture and removing rugs and tables out of the way. In case of bedridden elderly patients, caregivers must be instructed to handle them with extra care. This can be done with help of lifters, walkers and turning aides when assisting with toileting and transferring. It is vital to create a protective environment for the patient by padding the bed and using comfortable mattress. Other preventive strategies include:
- Keeping the patient well hydrated. Even mild hydration can cause dry, thin skin from worsening.
- Feeding adequate nutrition to the patient.
- Using gentle cleansers while bathing.
- Avoiding adhesive tape removal from skin and instead allowing the dressing to naturally fall off.
6. Keep skin moisturized
For patients with thin skin, it is important to keep the skin moisturized always as dryness makes it even more susceptible to tears. Use oil based moisturizers like Borage oil etc to do so. Your doctor can also prescribe products which prevent transdermal water loss such as silicones or dimethicones. You may also use humectants and emollients with glycerin to moisten and lubricate the skin. These products help produce a barrier on the skin to trap moisture. Sunflower, safflower and canola oils can also be used for preventing moisture loss.
7. Use skin sleeves
Leg and hand sleeves are readily available and may be used for preventing trauma. These are especially beneficial for elderly patients prone to skin tear.
8. Use gentle cleaners
Gentle cleansers include ph balanced soaps. Avoid alkaline soaps while bathing. Non alkaline soaps are especially recommended for patients having dry, thin skin.
9. Bathe less
For thin skin, it is important to avoid water as far as possible. Use ph balanced lipid based skin creams, soaps and lotions. Do not use hot water and use only tepid water.
Adequate nutrition is very important to prevent skin tears. Patients with thin skin must eat plenty of amino acids, vitamins and antioxidants. It helps to eat coconut oil twice a day as it strengthens the skin from the inside. Vitamin C and B complex deficiencies could also cause skin tears on thin skin. Take at least 3 grams of Vitamin C (in 2-3 divided doses) per day to rebuild collagen. These are the best thin skin supplements to take daily.
11. Herbal supplements
Take 1300 mg per day of Borage oil supplements. Horsetail extracts are also recommended.
Thin skin on face and hands can result from steroids, sun damage or natural aging process. Use the above remedies to prevent trauma and strengthen the skin.