Aging Senior Skin

Many seniors are familiar with the changes that occur in their skin as it ages; changes that result in uncomfortable symptoms such as dry, flaky skin and pruritis, or itching. In fact, the majority of the elderly population suffers from dry, itchy skin. The itch-scratch cycle can lead to more irritation and, in severe cases, infection. Though it is not a serious condition, itchy skin often causes discomfort for the sufferer. It most commonly affects lower legs, elbows and forearms.

Causes:

Dry skin is usually caused by the natural loss of oil glands as we age. Skin becomes thinner and less able to retain moisture. The following factors can worsen symptoms:

  • Dry air, harsh weather and sun
  • Frequent, hot baths and harsh soaps
  • Skin conditions such as eczema and psoriasis
  • Medical conditions such as diabetes, kidney disease and liver disease
  • Some prescription medications