Causes of Easy Bruising and Thin Skin With Some Self Help Ideas

Bruising and thin skin
Bruising and thin skin

Bruising Easily

Our skin is one of the most important parts of our body. Each and every organ within our bodies plays an important part in keeping us healthy, but the skin is the organ that keeps us alive. It protects us from the sun, keeps us dry when we get wet, and stretches to allow us to put on weight or have a baby. It is pretty durable stuff.

But sometimes it can go wrong. Not necessarily in a major way, but sometimes it can start to act differently to what we regard as the norm. For example, I suffer from thyroid disease, and I have noticed that when my thyroid is too high, my skin begins to be less stretchy.

If I pinch it, it will stay in position longer than what you would expect. When my thyroid is low, it retains water and leaves 'pits' in the skin. I have gotten used to these signs, and I can now monitor it more closely. But what happens when you suddenly notice that your skin has begun to bruise much more easily?

Easy bruising is a sign that something is not quite right. Along with thin skin, it can be a sign of something problematic. Of course there are many illnesses that can affect your skin. If you have been checked by your doctor and they find that you are healthy without any major diseases, then there can be several different reasons why you may suffer from easy bruising or thin skin.


There are many medications that can cause your skin to react in this way. Bruising of the skin is a natural occurrence when your body suffers a trauma, for example hitting your head or falling over and bumping your arm or leg.

The bruise is caused by small blood vessels underneath the skin bleeding and accumulating together. Over a few days this will start to change colour going from purple to green and yellow. The healing process can take up to a week. But if you find that you are bruising because you have just tapped your arm against something, or even more importantly you haven't even noticed or felt that you have hurt yourself, then you will begin to realise that something needs to be investigated.

As I said above, always check with your doctor first, and make sure it is not something more serious. A doctor is good at diagnosing a problem, but may not realise that the medication you are taking can be causing this in your case.

  • Aspirin: This common medication can cause easy bruising if you are using too much. In tests it was shown that if you use aspirin every day for a year, your skin will bruise more easily because the medication is thinning your blood therefore causing it to 'leak' more when you knock yourself.
  • Steroids, antidepressants, and asthma medication: These various drugs are just some of the most common contributors to easy bruising. They will affect your skin because these medications can cause cells to break down much more easily, causing the blood vessels to thin and bleed.
  • Anticoagulants: These are prescribed for a number of health reasons. And just like aspirin they are blood thinners. Of course if you need these, you must not stop taking them just because your skin starts to bruise easily. Always consult a doctor before stopping any medication.
  • Poor Diet: In these days of easy fast food, we have forgotten the actual reason why we eat is not because it is meant to be an enjoyable experience, or even a convenient one. It is simple. Food is there to keep you alive! And even more important, healthy.

How to Improve Your Skin and Prevent Bruising

Don't panic if this is happening to you. There are a number of ways that you can improve your skin and your health.

  • Vitamin C: This is one of the most easily recognised supplements, and we have all taken it at some time in our lives. What you may not know is that apart from helping improve collagen in your skin, it actually stops your blood cells from 'leaking.' Taking a daily vitamin C supplement will help decrease your bruising dramatically.
  • Citrus Bioflavonoids: These come from the white pulp of citrus fruit and have been shown to improve skin problems such as too much bruising.
  • Vitamin K: This is essential to help your body clot the blood. There are many illnesses that can cause deficiency in Vitamin K. This must only be used under supervision from your doctor. Always consult them first.

What to Do When You First Receive a Bruise:

Always apply cold water to the site immediately. Keep the wet cloth pressed down over the bruise for at least five minutes. Or if you prefer, keep the bruise steady under a running cold tap.

Thin skin
Thin skin

Thin Skin

Thin skin is a slightly different problem. This can be caused by a number of different things.

  • Aging: As you grow older, the skin on certain parts of your body will grow a lot thinner. The reason for this is that as you mature, your body starts to lose some of the fat that gives you the protective layer between your blood vessels and the upper layer.
  • Exposure to the Sun: When you expose your skin to the sun over long periods, the collagen and elastin fibres start to break down in the deep layer of your dermis. This will cause it to lose elasticity, and your skin will become thinner.
  • Family Genetics: If you have other members of your family with thin skin, then there is a good chance that you will also inherit this.
  • Corticosteroid Use: Thin skin is often a side effect of both topical and oral corticosteroids. This medication is used to treat anything from rashes to arthritis and other inflammatory illnesses. These drugs may cause the blood vessels to become constricted and weaken the skin. Once the drugs have been stopped, the situation will usually resolve itself. But excessive use can cause Cushing's syndrome, and thin skin can be a side effect of this along with fatigue, weak muscles, increased thirst, and mood changes. Cushing's syndrome is caused by too much medication, therefore if you feel that you may be suffering from it, please consult your doctor.


Thin Skin Remedies

  • Antioxidants: These play a big part in improving thin skin. Vitamin A, C, E, and beta-carotene can be applied directly onto the skin in creams and lotions. After your bath, slather it on so that it will produce a barrier and lock in the moisture.
  • Sunscreen: This common tool is another good way to protect your skin. Always apply it before going out, even in the winter, and use a Factor 15 or above.
  • Vitamins: Take a good multivitamin every day to protect and improve your skin. Vitamin C is very important because it helps to repair collagen and elastin.

Disclaimer: Always consult your doctor before changing your medication, and before taking any vitamins just in case they have an effect on the strength of your drugs. Also never take vitamins at the same time as your drug medication.

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DzyMsLizzy 5 years ago from Oakley, CA

Great info, Nell!

I would add, if you need an anticoagulant, and your doctor wants to prescribe Coumadin, make a severe PROTEST!! Ask for something different.

Coumadin is WARFARIN--which is the main ingredient in RAT POISON!! It works by causing the blood vessels to break down and leak--eventually the rats die of internal hemorrhagging! The antidote? Vitamin K by IV! Warfarin is NOT a good thing to put in your body!


I know I should use sunscreen, but I rarely do, unless I know I'm going to be outside all day in summer clothes--i.e., shorts & tank tops. I just do not like the feel of putting any kind of lotion on...moisturizers, either. I hate the feel of slatethering on any kind of 'goo' when I just got done washing! It makes my skin feel greasy or loaded down (even so-called "non-greasy" types), and I feel any dirt, pollen or what have you will stick to me that much easier!

Voted up & useful, however...;-)

Fay Paxton 5 years ago

Good morning Nell:

You are expert at putting together informative, researched subject matter. This is excellent to know. I went through a period of bruising. I started taking vitamin C for a cold and found that the bruising cleared up as well.

up/very useful

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Genna East 5 years ago from Massachusetts, USA

Nice hub, Nell. Lack of sufficient Vitamin C is an important element most people overlook in their diets. Very informative hub!

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prasetio30 5 years ago from malang-indonesia

Nice information, Nell. I always learn something new from you. Well done, my friend. You got my vote. Cheers....


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A.A. Zavala 5 years ago from Texas

I have a friend who suffers from this condition; I will forward this to her attention. Thank you for sharing.

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christopheranton 5 years ago from Gillingham Kent. United Kingdom

Some very useful things to remember Nell.

Thanks for putting so much together.

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Cardisa 5 years ago from Jamaica

Hi Nell, very informative as usual. Voted up!

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always exploring 5 years ago from Southern Illinois

Nell, This is a hub that i can relate to. I bruise easily. I've just started taking vit.C.. I also wear arm protectors when i work outside..I made them out of thick knee socks..I wish some clothing line would see the need for arm protectors..I've never seen them in any store. I guess i should mention that when you age your skin thins...But we 'ain't' gonna go there.Hee Hee

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Ashantina 5 years ago

Hi Nell, correct vitamin intake is sooo important in maintaining our immune systems. Vit C as you mention is super-duper important for this.

Up/Useful hub :)

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kerry11 5 years ago

Thanks for sharing!

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Jlava73 5 years ago from Cyberspace and My Own World

Excellent info and nicely put together!

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sherrylou57 5 years ago from Riverside

Great info!! Nicely done, Neil!

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Nell Rose 5 years ago from England Author

Hi, DzyM, I know about Warfarin! what a nightmare! my friend had a major op and had to have it pumped in through an iv! horrible stuff! the reason why I wrote this is because I suffer from both badly! I think it is a cross between my thyroid and my asthma medication. it is only on my arms but it is a nightmare! thanks as always, nell

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Nell Rose 5 years ago from England Author

Hi, Fay, it is a nightmare! I bruised my arm this week on a stupid door! it should have only been a small bruise but it is enormous! then, would you believe it, I cut myself straight across the bruise, caught it on a sharp pin or zip, not sure which! now it's just a mess! so I am taking my own advice after all the research and taking the vitamins! lol

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Nell Rose 5 years ago from England Author

Hi, Genna, you are right, I keep forgetting to take it, but I must with my thin skin, thanks again nell

Hi, prasetio, thanks so much! I am glad you liked the info, hope it helps someone you know, cheers nell

Hi, A.A. Zavala, thanks for reading it, I am so glad it helped, it is mainly my arms that suffer, so I have to be careful, cheers nell

Hi, christopher, thanks as always for stopping by, cheers nell

Hi, Cardisa, thanks I really appreciate it, cheers nell

Hi, Ruby, I do too! in fact my 'bandage' is a mixture of sterile pad for the cut and to protect it, a cut off sock! they are exactly like stretchy arm bandages! seems we have the same idea! ha ha thanks as always nell

Hi, Ashantina, you are so right, I have just bought another bottle, I keep forgetting to keep it up! thanks again nell

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Nell Rose 5 years ago from England Author

Hi, kerry thanks for reading it, cheers nell

Hi, Jlava, thank you again, I will be over shortly, I am all behind at the minute! lol

Hi, sherry thanks so much, glad you liked it, cheers nell

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akirchner 5 years ago from Central Oregon

All great points from a bruiser~! I can't even look at myself without getting a ding or a bruise. I have a feeling though that's mostly because I'm going through life at warp speed - who saw that pointed counter top sticking out waiting to poke my hip? Did someone narrow the doorway because I just ran into it....again!

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Nell Rose 5 years ago from England Author

Hi, Audrey, my arm is completely mangled because of my stupid clumsiness! lol I am always doing something like it too! seems like we both need to wear padding! thanks again nell

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Hello, hello, 5 years ago from London, UK

Interesting information but I have a rhino skin. One thing I am saved from.

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fucsia 5 years ago

I would answer to DzyMsLizzy: in some case a therapy with warfarin is necessary for live! For thoese who take this medication the intake of vitamin K must be ever the same, because it influence the effect of warfarin.

Thank you Nell Rose for have writen this useful and interesting Hub. Also for our skin one of the most important thing is nutrition. I firmly believe that a good diet is a cure for many disorder!


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acaetnna 5 years ago from Guildford

Some incredibly useful information - thank you so much.

shygirl2 5 years ago

We had to learn about the skin in my medical billing and coding course a few years back. Isn't it amazing? We take so much for granted about the miracles of our bodies and all they do. Great, informative hub Nell! : ) Up and useful!!

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Nell Rose 5 years ago from England Author

Hi, Hello hello, lol that sounds wonderful! I wish my arms were like that, they are so thin! thanks as always, nell

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Nell Rose 5 years ago from England Author

Hi, fucsia, thanks for reading it, I wrote this because my skin has been causing me so many problems recently, hope it helps, thanks so much nell

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Nell Rose 5 years ago from England Author

Hi, acaetnna, thanks for reading it, my skin this week has taken a battering! lol I am all bandaged up! thanks again nell

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Nell Rose 5 years ago from England Author

Hi, shygirl, it is isn't it? we should always look after our skin, we forget to do it sometimes, and look at the mess I am in this week with my arm! lol

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Spirit Whisperer 5 years ago from Isle of Man

This is an outstanding hub that explains in simple terms things we should all know about our bodies. we have trusted our bodies into the care of people we believe know better than we do and they have up to now. More and more people are taking responsibility for their own personal health and well being and make it their business to know as much about their own bodies as the doctors who treat them. This is the way it should be and we should not wait to become ill to really know our bodies and I think this is the lesson that I read in this wonderful article.

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michael ely 5 years ago from Scotland

Hi Nell, Another interesting article from you with some great points. Cheers. Michael.

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tlpoague 5 years ago from USA

This is some great information here, thanks! I am one that bruises easily, so I started using a Mobu product called Extracting Balm. It works wonders and also helps to keep your skin clear of blimishes. I also go every year to the doctor to be checked for diabetes. It runs in my family and one of the first signs is unexplained bruising.

Again, great info and voted up...Thanks!

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Nell Rose 5 years ago from England Author

Hi, Spirit, thanks for reading it, I am writing about what I know! ha ha actually my arm is pretty bad at the moment, and I am on antibiotics now for it, but I am also throwing down loads of vitamin C! hopefully it will help, thanks as always nell

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Nell Rose 5 years ago from England Author

Hi, Spirit, I just came back to say that your hub was beautiful, one day you will meet them, I am sure you will find them. have you just tried typing in their names in Google? you may just be surprised, take care nell

Hi, Michael, thanks for reading, I am glad you liked it, cheers nell

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Nell Rose 5 years ago from England Author

Hi,tipoague, thanks for the idea of the Mobu product I might just give it a try, my arms are terrible! lol the rest of my body is okay, but my arms are so thin skinned! thanks again nell

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jessicab 5 years ago from Alabama

Very informative hub. Years ago I started brusing easily and never found out why, but then later on it just stop, just plain weird.

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Nell Rose 5 years ago from England Author

Hi, jessica, that is very strange, but I am glad it resolved itself, thanks for reading it, cheers nell

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Pamela99 5 years ago from United States

This is a very informational hub as I have this problem primarily do to too much medication over the years, particularly prednisone. I have started taking a lot more vitamins and it has helped. Thanks for all the good information.

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Nell Rose 5 years ago from England Author

Hi, Pamela, glad it was helpful, I have started taking vitamin c too! it seems to be working, cheers nell

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ahbless 5 years ago

Eating a wide variety of vegetables, fruits, nuts and meats with a doctors okay could be a solution. Many people only eat one type of vegetable and one type of meat. Our bodies need various nutrions: vitamins and minerals. Different foods have different vitamins and minerals.

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Sinea Pies 5 years ago from Northeastern United States

Great information. I am thinking that some people who bruise easily could also be anemic. A doctor would have to tell them if it is true but iron might be in order, as well.

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Nell Rose 5 years ago from England Author

Hi, ahbless, yes you are so right, nutrition is so important, I have started eating more green veg since my bruising, thanks nell

Hi, Sinea, yes you could be right there, I have blood tests a lot for my thyroid so I know its not that with me, but its a good idea to get it tested, thanks for the added info, much appreciated, cheers nell

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bethperry 5 years ago from Tennesee

Useful hub! I have always bruised easily, but my mother did, too, as well as my sisters. I think it is definitely an inherent flaw, but I still take all those vitamins you mentioned to keep the bruising to a minimum.

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Nell Rose 5 years ago from England Author

Hi, beth, thanks for reading, I am terrible with bruising! but I am on the vitamins too! they have sorted out my arm! great stuff! cheers nell

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KoffeeKlatch Gals 5 years ago from Sunny Florida

Nell, I am a cronic bruiser because of the medication I take. Great job on reaseach. I will definitely be trying a few. Thanks for sharing.

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Nell Rose 5 years ago from England Author

Hi, Koffee, I totally understand, its the Asthma medication with me, I always seem to have bruises! I only have to touch something and there it is, thanks for reading, I am glad you found it helpful, thanks nell

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mserscan 5 years ago from Orlando

Thanks for listing Antidepressants as a medication that can cause bruising. I've been to my PCP for my bruises and had loads of blood work done. I take 2 antidepressants to treat symptoms of my MS and from your article, and since my Dr can't find anything wrong me, I think that MIGHT be the cause. I'll look into more...and those vitamins you listed.

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Nell Rose 5 years ago from England Author

Hi, mserscan, its amazing actually how much the doctors do not know, I had carbamazole for my thryoid and I was in so much agony, I got taken to the hospital numerous times to try and sort it out, and not one of them realised it was the tablets! my brother has leg ulcers and after researching it, he realised that it was caused by his blood pressure pills! all these hidden things, the doctors don't actually learn any of this while prescribing! asthma medication is one of the worse for bruises, it can cause horrible bruising on your arms, I was told to take loads of vitamin c from the health shop worker, and it seems to be working! so good luck! and thanks for reading, cheers nell

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unknown spy 4 years ago from Neverland - where children never grow up.

Thank you Nell for this info. my skin bruised easily.they said i lack iron on my body..anemic..etc..

Thank you for the help.

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Nell Rose 4 years ago from England Author

Thanks unknown spy, yes that could be the cause of the bruising, as well as asthma inhalers that do it to, all medication can have an affect though, especially on the arms. Thanks again, nell

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CyberShelley 3 years ago

Thanks Nell again, I'm off to take my Vit C tablet, forgot it for a few days now, and it is a great vitamin for so many things - did not know it would help my thin skin problem though.

Nicole 2 years ago

Thin skin remedy:

How to rebuild your skin and make it thick again.

(reversing the effects from oral steroids / prednisone or just thinning skin).

2 things to take:

horsetail extract pills (1 pill 3x a day) - i get mine from swanson vitamins online for cheap

and collagen pills (1 pill 2-3x a day). i get a huge bottle of this from costco

take both of these for atleast 9 - 12 months and your skin should be back to normal (yes it takes time to rebuild, but it does work.). and most doctors will tell you there's no cure - don't believe them.

as a side note, be sure to drink twice as much water when taking horsetail extract . it seems to dehydrate a little and cause a little constipation. but drinking more water alleviates this.

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Nell Rose 2 years ago from England Author

Thanks so much for your added info Nicole, that's really helpful, I will look into it, thanks for reading, nell

txearlybird 2 years ago

Someone mentioned arm protectors. They are available.

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Go to Amazon or google for them.

Hope this helps.

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Nell Rose 2 years ago from England Author

Thanks for your help tx, have a wonderful weekend.

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Sunshine625 2 years ago from Orlando, FL

Hi Nell, I've learned since caring for Dave that low blood platelets along with thin skin causes bruising. His arms were covered with them and the docs couldn't give us an accurate answer, we finally pieced it together. Using lotion and exfoliating the skin helps to keep the bruises to a minimum. But they are still visible. Excellent and informative hub as always.

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Nell Rose 2 years ago from England Author

Hi Linda, I have never heard that before! I will look it up, and thanks for the added tips, it does drive me nuts, but it is getting better, I use arm guards on my left arm, as that's the one that gets the most bruising, nell

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PurvisBobbi44 2 years ago from Florida

Hi Nell Rose,

I am sorry you are having bruising issues. My aunt does also, but I believe in her case it could be age--she is 89,

I bruise when I accidently hit myself or fall--(Heaven forbid) but so far this has not been an issue. But I am happy you wrote this hub and gave vitamins as one solution---because they are so important as we get older--I know I do not always eat the right food to get the vitamins I need.

Take care,

Bobbi Purvis

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Nell Rose 2 years ago from England Author

Thanks so much Bobbi, yes since I have been taking vitamin C it has definitely started to help, and my skin is more pliable now, the bruises are nearly gone too, nell

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sparklingcrystal 2 years ago from Manila

Very interesting post. I can relate to this because I noticed that I easily get bruised when I bump into something.There are even times that I don't even know how I got a certain bruise especially around my knees. Thank you for sharing this.

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Nell Rose 2 years ago from England Author

Hi crystal, its horrible isn't it? I am covered in the little suckers! thanks so much for reading, nell

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Ansaralibd 2 years ago from Bangladesh

Thanks for the tips...But I really need some advice on how to get results quickly.

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Nell Rose 2 years ago from England Author

Not sure if there is a really quick way Ansaralibd, just lots of vitamin c and the other things I wrote about, good luck!

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Nadine May 2 years ago from Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa

Great article Nell. Indeed genetics do play a big role in how our skin looks like over the years. Mine is starting to look like my mother's

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Nell Rose 2 years ago from England Author

Thanks Nadine, yes mine too! lol! a lot of my thin skin comes from my dad, but also meds play a part too, thanks so much for reading, nell

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Millionaire Tips 20 months ago from USA

This is helpful for people who bruise easily. Eating good foods with vitamins and antioxidants and avoiding taking too much medications that cause side effects are the key.

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Nell Rose 20 months ago from England Author

Thanks Millionaire, I suffer with thin skin mainly on my arms and its a real pain! I tend to wear a couple of armbands around it to make sure I don't go and scratch it all the time, thanks for reading, nell

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aesta1 20 months ago from Ontario, Canada

I often have bruises but I blame this on age and too much exposure to the sun. I have to be more careful and put sunscreen religiously. I just don't let it bother me as I have thin skin that I got from my mother. After reading this, I know I should take notice.

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Nell Rose 20 months ago from England Author

Hi aesta, yes I think some of my thin skin comes from my dad, but its also thyroid, thanks so much for reading, nell

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vocalcoach 6 months ago from Nashville Tn.

I've had a problem with bruising all my life. If a fly lands on will leave a bruise. My skin is tissue paper thin and I hate it. I pride myself on good nutrition but even a healthy life style does nothing to help my aging hands. Way to much sun as a teenager.

I'm uping the vitamin C as you suggest. It's a super antioxidant. And you, My friend are a super writer.

I love hubs on health and hope you do more of these. Sharing and pinning.



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Nell Rose 6 months ago from England Author

Thanks so much Audrey, yes thin skin is a real pain, I have taken to wearing arm covers to protect them, but I always seem to catch them on things, its so darn painful, but yes lots and lots of cream and vit C, thanks again, nell

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