Skin Problems in the Elderly

It’s important for elderly people to take care of their skin because they are at a higher health risk of problems. Not only are they prone to minor skin conditions like dryness, but they are more likely to see skin infections, ulcers, and wounds than younger people. It’s quite critical that you take the time to outline an effective skin care regimen as part of their elderly care routine. If you are using home care aides to help your aging loved one with grooming and hygiene, you need to incorporate it there as well.

The elderly care about how they look and feel, just like the rest of the population, so good skin care is important for self-esteem. Dry skin is particularly common in seniors because the skin loses a lot of the suppleness and elasticity it once did. Their skin also takes longer to heal from bruising, scratches and wounds.  In the elderly, skin becomes thinner and more fragile. That’s why it can tear more easily with vigorous scratching, itching, and picking. When the skin is really dry, seniors are more likely to experience cracks and small wounds Hence a good skin care is needed.

Caring for Elderly Skin

The best thing to do to ensure that your aging loved one’s skin is as healthy as can be is to make sure to avoid triggers for problems. This means drinking plenty of liquids, avoiding exposure to the sun, avoiding cigarette smoke, using a light moisturizer that is free of harsh chemicals and cleaning the skin with a professional cleanser.

When to Visit a Dermatologist

There are certain skin conditions in the elderly that need attention from a professional. If you or your loved one’s home care aides notice prolonged bruising, wounds that aren’t healing or scratch marks from itching that is breaking the skin, a doctor’s visit is in order. Home care aides should report to you anything they observe as they help your aging loved one with hygiene and grooming. Skin problems in seniors can go from mild to serious fairly quickly so it’s always a good idea to get something unusual checked out.

There are lots of good skin care habits that can fall by the wayside as seniors get older and aren’t able to care for themselves as well as they used to. By implementing ways to take care of their skin and keep it healthy, you'd be helping them look and feel their best.

Type of treatments we offer 

Old age can often bring life-altering physical disabilities and weaknesses which were previously unimagined such as illnesses, a decline in vision, lack of flexibility, decreasing strength and balance and the list goes on. Aging may mean having to face the loss of independence, bereavement, and faltering mental acuity.

Aromatherapy can help alleviate those distressing physical discomforts and with using carefully selected essential oils, can help to lift depression and anxiety, help to settle and reduce patterns of restlessness hasten a good night's sleep, soothe your soul, or give you more energy. Massaging aromatic oils into your skin is a way to benefit from aromatherapy. That's because essential oils, the compounds offer a multitude of healing benefits.  

Our treatment will include a lavish and thorough use of essential oils. Thus, depending upon the kind of essential oils used during the aromatherapy treatment session you go for, you would benefit accordingly. The treatment will help in inducing relaxation by relieving you of stress. It is pleasing to your senses. Essential oils are filled with soothing properties and consequently, help in soothing your skin. Your skin gets moisturized and pampered in the right way possible because the treatment involves the use of the right blend of essential oils. As a result, your skin glows with health and you get a clear complexion. Your face looks radiant and fresh. During an aromatherapy treatment, our skin therapist will analyze your skin and determines which essential oils will most benefit your skin type. 

Our essential oils have skin-soothing properties. A mixture of several essential oils may be recommended if your skin is particularly problematic.