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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 isn't necessarily a sign of a serious underlying medical condition. But you may want to see a doctor, who can evaluate your skin and determine why it's so fragile.
To protect thin skin and prevent tears and cuts:
Lawrence E. Gibson, M.D.
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