The skin is the body’s largest organ. According to the NIH as we age our skin becomes thinner and loses fat. As a result veins and bones can be seen more easily and scratches, cuts and bumps may take longer to heal. In addition there are common skin conditions in the elderly that are listed below.Senile Purpura –This purple bruising is common (affects over 10% of people over 50) in the elderly and occurs after minor traumas. This benign skin condition is caused by thin dermal tissue and also the increased breakability of blood vessels.  Stasis Dermatitis –This change in skin color that usually occurs in the lower leg may cause pain, swelling and itchiness. Exfoliative Dermatitis– This scaley dermatitis can occur in response to drug therapy, disease or idiopathic entity and is more prevalent in individuals over 40 years old. Skin Infections and Infestations– Aging Adults often develop infections and infestation on their skin. Cancerous and noncancerous skin growths– Exposure to the sun puts individuals a higher risk for  Cancerous and noncancerous skin growths as they age. It is important that seniors take extra steps for their skincare. Depending on the skin condition using moisturizes, milder soap and a humidifier can help with dry skin. It is important to wear sunscreen and check your body every month for new growth or bleeding moles that might be skin cancer.  As allows it is important to discuss with your dermatologist the best ways to keep your skin healthy as you age. This post is provided by Sprain Brook Manor Rehab which Provides unique opportunity to recover from medical procedures that result in true satisfying results. Getting you stronger and better every day. Contact us today to receive more information. Disclaimer: The information provided in this post in not intended to be construed as health advice, nor should it be considered a substitute for obtaining individual medical counsel or consulting your physician.