Today we’ll talk about how to properly address the aging skin of Senior Citizens. This is very important information because the older we become, the more we need to take care of and monitor our skin conditions. As we become older, we are more susceptible to obtaining diseases on our skin and the skin tends to change very rapidly.
For starters, the skin becomes more supple as well as much more thin and dry. This causes the skin to become damaged and injured much easier, as well as prone to healing over longer periods of time. We just don’t heal like we are children with scrapes that seem to magically go away after only a few days! Accordingly, as we become older our skin issues start becoming more apparent. Everything from having an itch, to dry kin, to scaling, all the way up to infections and ulcerations. When a skin problem doesn’t heal properly the problem can escalate to something much more serious – even to death in certain circumstances.
It’s no secret that sun exposure is the biggest cause of pre-cancers and skin cancer. Research from the skin cancer foundation supports this.
Common Skin Conditions Among Seniors
- Senile Purpura – purple spots that show up on arms and legs due to the thin skin Seniors possess.
- Stasis Dermatitis – this is more common in women and it often means dry, itching skin.
- Exfoliative Dermatitis – this is more severe than the above condition, and it means there is shedding and peeling of the top layer of skin which is very dangerous as it can lead to infections.
- Skin Infestations – bacterial diseases such as ringworm can happen.
- Cancerous and Non Cancerous Growths.
- Viral Skin Disorders – herpes and shingles.
Caring for the Elderly
There are many needs that Seniors since their skin is thin and typically dry. When it becomes very dry, it’s bound to crack and lead to dermatitis, which can lead to much worse – infection.
Here are the best ways to care for elders skin care needs:
- Keep away from hot baths and taking too many showers
- Use mild soaps and use skin moisturizers after each session of bathing.
- Never smoke, as smoking is terrible for the skin at all ages.
- Always hydrate by drinking as many liquids as possible.
- A room humidifier can be a very good help during the winter months or in areas where the climate is dry.
- Don’t use saunas and stay away from hot and dry areas.
Related: A recipe to treat dry skin.
Other Facts provided by Carescopeca, a Senior assistance company in Sacramento.
It’s also highly advisable that Seniors have their skin checked very often, especially if they have moles or any growths on the surface. When moles change in size or color, they need to be checked out ASAP.
Using lotions and moisturizers can NOT be overlooked.
Related: Face Lotion Recipes.
Frequent bathing (bathing too often) can aggravate skin.
Don’t dry with towels too aggressively, for the same reason as above. Pat down any wet skin after bathing.
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