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5 Things to Know About Thin Skin

Aging Is the Primary Cause

No matter how well you care for your skin, it's not going to be the same at age 60 as it was at age 20. There's no getting around it. The skin has a natural aging process that involves a slowdown of cell division in the middle layer of skin, also known as the dermis. This process breaks down collagen and elastin fibers that thicken skin.

Age-related changes in the hypodermis, the inner layer of skin, can also lead to thinning. The primary alteration occurring in the hypodermis is the degradation of fatty cells.

Not all risk factors for thin skin are as obvious as aging. Click on the next page to see what else you need to look out for.