SKIN PROBLEMS of the aged are receiving greater attention1 since this age group comprises an increasing proportion of the total population. Many of the skin problems presented by the aged may be encountered in the younger age groups as well. Their occurrence, however, in a geriatric patient presents certain problems.
Blood vessels of the aging skin exhibit varying degrees of sclerosis, which interferes with the circulation of the organ. Atrophy of the epidermis occurs, which results in a flattening of the epidermodermal junction and in a slower regeneration of the epidermal cells. A modification of the subcutaneous tissue and varying degrees of atrophy of the cutaneous appendages occur. There is a loss of the elastic fibers and a degeneration of the collagen tissue, resulting in a thinner corium with less resilience. Wrinkles are the clinical manifestation of these changes.
Accompanying these histopathologic changes is a modified skin physiology.
GRAIS ML. ROLE OF COLLOIDAL OATMEAL IN DERMATOLOGIC TREATMENT OF THE AGED. AMA Arch Derm Syphilol. 1953;68(4):402–407. doi:10.1001/archderm.1953.01540100042007
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