How to improve signs of aging on the backs of your hands? And, why is it fragile?

I am 55 years young. The skin on my hands is thin and easily gets cuts, grazes etc. No skin tears yet. I believe products with Growth Factors, Hydroxy..... and Retin A are the products to assist in rebuilding some collagen and elastin. Any products that you can recommend. I am a nurse, so I need my hands to look healthy.

Here are the things I hear from our patients about their hands as they’re aging, and they include your problem above. The skin on the backs of the hands IS naturally thinner than….say the back. You’re not imagining that.

  1. My skin on the back of my hands is really thin and fragile.
  2. My skin is really blotchy and has “age” spots.
  3. My veins stick out.

Aging on the backs of the hands is caused by 3 things mostly:

  1. Sun damage! The brown spots are due to sun. Use a sunscreen every day, the Bloxsun gloves when you drive, double glove if you golf etc. and just try to cover them. IPL or Fraxel lasers also help if you already have these.
  2. Thin and fragile. Sun damage and age play a part here also. Avoid irritating cleansers and soaps and this is tough in healthcare as we know. You can get a little improvement with an antioxidant, suncreen, and a gentle glycolic for example (try SkinCeuticals Neck, Chest, Hand)  Also, certain medications aggravate this like ibuprofen, naproxen and certain other NSAIDS (there are others also) in a genetically susceptible individuals. This is called pseudo porphyria or pseudo PCT (pseudo porphyria cutanea tarda). Who invented these names anyway! You’ll need a doctor to help you with this.
  3. Prominent veins. These can be camoflauged by adding volume. This is usually done with hyaluronic acid fillers like Juvederm, Sculptra (experts only), or sometimes fat transfer. The fillers are off-label uses.

Hope this helps, Dr. I

Dr. Brandith Irwin, MD

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