See the resources below to learn about the many reasons skin becomes more fragile as it ages. This can lead to easy skin damage and other possible complications if not properly managed.
Expert Answers: I'm 85 years old, and my skin sometimes tears open if I bump against something. Why is this, and what can I do about it?
“Fragile or thin skin that tears easily is a common problem in older adults. Aging, sun exposure and genetics all play a role in thinning skin. Certain medications, such as long–term use of oral or topical corticosteroids, also can weaken skin and the blood vessels in the skin...”
“Thin skin can be dangerous, in that it tears, bruises and cuts easily. It does not usually indicate a serious underlying problem but a trip to the doctors could help ease your mind and find you the right solution you need. There could be a few reasons for damaged thin skin, but thankfully there are also treatments...”