February 2002 Issue
Its Hard Not to Be Thin-Skinned With Age; What to Do
Q. As Iíve gotten older, my skin has begun to thin and now bruises and breaks easily. Can supplements or a change in diet help? A. Perhaps, but not a lot. As you age, your skin becomes thinner because it loses the fat padding under the top layer of skin. Moreover, a loss of collagen and connective tissue weakens support around blood vessels, so the tiny vessels and capillaries underneath the skinís surface become more vulnerable. Black and blue marks are
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