Dermatoporosis is a real disease that affects around 30% of over 60s. It is linked to very pronounced skin aging: skin affected by dermatoporosis is extremely fine, very creased and shows the veins, such is its transparency. This kind of skin gets damaged at any opportunity: the slightest trauma, the smallest impact can lead to red, star-shaped marks or small bruises. This repeated bruising ends up colouring the skin yellowish green, then brown. Here is all you need to know about this skin condition and what you can do to prevent it.
1. What causes dermatoporosis?
Sun exposure is the main cause of this excessive skin aging, especially when it affects the parts of the body with a very fine hypodermic layer: legs, chest, hands, forearms, etc. It can be speeded up by cortisone-based medication, which makes the skin fragile. Asthma is a particular risk factor, as asthmatics take corticosteroid inhalers. Tobacco may also be behind dermatoporosis, as is a family history of the condition. The final cause is an alteration in skin tissue that is particularly suffering from progressive deterioration of the collagen and hyaluronic acid contained naturally within the body.
2. How you can protect your skin
The first step to take is to limit your sun exposure and protect your skin, especially if it is light-coloured. Once dermatoporosis has taken grip, vitamin A acid creams; available on prescription; have proven to be effective as a partial corrector after several months of use. But few women use them or get them prescribed because they are an irritant and hard to put up with. Cosmetic creams based on hyaluronic acid are another solution as they will stimulate your body's natural production of hyaluronic acid in the skin, which is essential to ensure good elasticity and shock absorption. For example, the Revitalift Filler Anti-Ageing Day Cream by L’Oréal Paris contains micrometric hyaluronic acid that helps re-firm your skin and restore skin’s plumpness. Hyaluronic acid injections can also be recommended to hydrate very dry skin, repair fragile tissue and densify the skin. Finally, as is the case for osteoporosis, calcium can help the skin to absorb shocks by thickening it. Calcium-rich products strengthen the barrier function of the skin and therefore reinforce skin.