There are numerous causes of thin, fragile skin and one of the biggest culprits is sun damage. The dermis is the thick layer of skin or connective tissue beneath the epidermis that contains blood, lymph vessels, sweat glands, and nerve endings.
The dermis is susceptible to UV damage, which will damage both collagen and elastin fibers. This results in the skin losing its elasticity and makes the skin more delicate.
High levels of the stress hormone cortisol will also cause thinning skin, as do some pharmaceutical drugs, and decreases in hormone levels including testosterone. One of the negative effects of menopause is the loss of the "youth" hormones such as estrogen and testosterone. Although testosterone is traditionally associated with males, women also have small amounts of this important hormone, which also declines with menopause. The loss of these hormones results in physical changes to the body, such as the loss of muscle mass, a thickening in the waist area and thinning of skin.
To help combat the appearance of this skin type, follow these tips:
- Take Vitamin C supplements to help with collagen production.
- Eat lots of foods high in Vitamin C.
- Apply a topical Vitamin C treatment cream