I Have Thin Skin, Literally…

Here is what the dictionary says about “thin skin”

a tendency to get easily upset or offended by the things other people say or do He has such a thin skin that he can’t even take a little good-natured teasing.

I admit that I just can’t take criticism without being offended. But lately thin skin has come to me literally. I didn’t realize that my skin is actually getting thinner as I age. I was working on my µRV the other day, fixing some of the things from my 6,000 mile trip this spring. Within hours of getting that done a half-dozen red spots quickly appeared. Here is what the medical experts say about that:

Elderly skin bruising is a common symptom of thinning skin and fragile blood vessels just beneath the skin. A simple brush against a doorknob can result in a bruise that covers the entire hand. This kind of bruising is almost always painless. In fact, I don’t usually know that the skin damage has occurred. So now, I not only have thin skin due to criticism I have it because I am getting older

There are other causes for red spots on the elderly that are due to some serious conditions, but the most frequent one is simply that my skin is aging. Sometimes it is a lack of vitamin C or an iron deficiency. I have to check that out but…

Like everything else in life, thin skin red spots is just something I now must get used to.

4 thoughts on “I Have Thin Skin, Literally…

  1. You’re not alone. In the last week before my infusions, I grow more clumsy, and so go into the infusion clinic each four weeks looking as if I’ve been battered. Simply reaching into my handbag to retrieve something is enough to produce a big red splotch.


    1. Thanks for letting me know I am not alone with this stuff, Linda. I have been making some friends at our bi-weekly “grumpy old men’s meeting, and one of the guys has more bruises than skin colored arms. That I probably my future in a year or so if this keeps up. 🥴


  2. It is called senile purpura, and it affects most of us after a certain age. As you note, it is painless but can look as if you’d just been in a fight.

    I lift and move heavy bins during my volunteer time at the library. It is unusual to not come home with a bruise.

    Another fun effect of aging!


    1. Thanks, Bob for the name of this condition. I was out earlier this week working on my µRV getting it ready for the New England trip. Spent about two hours at it and that afternoon six new bruises appeared. As you know, they usually last a week or so.


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