How to avoid and treat big bruises on paper thin skin

Have you been noticing dark patches or bruises on your skin that don’t seem to go away? This is actually

Have you been noticing dark patches or bruises on your skin that don’t seem to go away? This is actually very common, especially in women over 60.

It’s due to having less collagen and thinner skin as we age. Collagen supports our skin tissues, whilst women as a whole seem to have less thick skin. According to leading dermatologist Dr Andrew Miller, age also affects how our bodies bruise. We gradually have less fat deposits under our skin, which can lead to drooping. As a result, the internal structures of our skin aren’t able to hold blood vessels firmly in place. “When you bump against things, the skin moves more”, explains Dr Miller. “The shearing is greater and that results in more mechanical stress and more bruising”.

Exposure to certain medications and even the sun can also impact how we bruise too. Sun exposure reduces the firmness of our skin, which means that our blood vessels are less durable. Meanwhile, medications like Aspirin, Heparin or Warfarin can interfere with blood clotting, making us more susceptible to bruises.

These dark spots can be frustrating because you mightn’t remember bumping into anything however if you bruise easily, a minor bump — one you might not even notice — can result in a substantial bruise.

Another name for these symptoms is ‘Bateman’s Purpura’ which is bruising on the back of a person’s hands and arms. It can look like flat blotches that begin with a red coloration, then turn purple and darken, although they eventually fade. The bruises also last longer than regular ones do, many times for a period of a few weeks.

Don’t panic if this is happening to you. There are a number of ways that you can improve your skin and say goodbye to unsightly bruises.

1. Vitamin C

As we all know, Vitamin C is one of the most easily recognised and we have all taken it at some time in our lives.Apart from helping improve collagen in your skin, it actually stops your blood cells from ‘leaking’. Taking a daily supplement will help your bruising dramatically.

Therefore, eat oranges and apples to quickly cure the problem.

2. Vitamin K cream

Bruises are formed when a bang or a knock breaks capillaries, causing them to leak blood close to the skin’s surface. Medical studies show that smoothing vitamin K cream onto the affected area can limit the leaking. Gently rub the cream onto a bruise twice a day to help break down the blood and assist the body in absorbing it.

3. Witch Hazel

This natural astringent helps improve circulation. You can either take a warm bath using a few drops of witch hazel or apply directly on a cotton bud to your bruise.

4. Cayenne Pepper and Vaseline

Do you like it spicy? Even if you don’t, your skin does. This strange pairing works well to stimulate blood flow, working away the pooled blood from your bruise. Take 1 part of cayenne pepper and 5 parts of melted Vaseline. Mix it well and apply it on the bruise daily. Use gentle circles.

5. Lavender oil

Put several drops of lavender oil in a dish of water and apply it on the bruise. Lavender oil will reduce the swelling and cold water will provide pain relief.

6. Aloe Vera

Aloe vera is an age old remedy that’s been used for thousands of years. In fact, many of us have this plant in our gardens and ignore its spiky leaves – but we should really be taking more notice! This anti-inflammatory can be applied on the bruised skin.

7. Garlic

Eat fresh and raw garlic as much as possible to harness the anti-bacterial and anti-inflammatory properties. This will heal up the bruise really fast and will also have other benefits to your health.

Other ways to heal bruises quickly:

  • Do not massage directly on the bruise.
  • Consume supplements which contain arnica.
  • Ask your doctor about medication side effects.
  • Limit alcohol consumption.
  • Take protein.
  • Eat healthy food.

Tell us, do you have bruises you can’t explain?

  1. Mary Heffernan  

    I have found that Hirudoid cream works well to disperse blood from a bruise. smear it lightly over the affected area several times a day, taking care not to make the bruise worse by rubbing it in too hard. I take fish oil capsules, which are great for joints but not so kind to elderly skin, as they can cause thinning of the blood.

    • Mary Merrington  

      No they do not cause thinning of the blood and is used in hospitals.

  2. Vickie  

    Comfrey in ointment form used daily has worked reply well for me.

    • Susan Jarmo  

      Not Comfrey, Arnica is the bruise remover

  3. rosemary  

    cut a lemon and rub on bruised area u will be amazed at the result the acid in the lemons really works

  4. Desley  

    People on Warfarin had better question some of the above VIT K will thicken the blood for one and WITCH HAZEL will thin it and some of the others will affect it as well. ALWAYS ASK YOUR CHEMIST, ABOUT ANYTHING YOU BUY OVER THE COUNTER, RIGHT DOWN TO BODY CREAM. That goes for what is bought in supermarkets etc as well. VIT K is the antidote if your blood is too thin or you are bleeding internally.

    • June  

      Maybe you should read the comment again!!

  5. Bobbie  

    Bruising can also be a sign of serious illnesses. You should not self-diagnose. Consult your doctor and ask for a thorough check-up.

  6. Mary Merrington  

    Yes….vitamin C is sadly lacking in our diets because fruit and vegies in supermarkets are not fresh as they claim and vitamin C is easily destroyed by sunlight, heat and is soluble so is washed away when cooked in water.
    It is responsible for the formation of collagen which provides elasticity and firmness of the skin.
    This is also destroyed by smoking cigarettes so skin ages more prematurely and wrinkles form.

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