The Science of Bruising Part 3

Part 3: Reasons You May Bruise Easily and Small Changes to Help Your Skin’s Health

We all know that bumping into furniture or getting hit with a ball or a door can lead to bruises. What if you find yourself with bruises and you don’t remember how they happened? Are you finding bruises from unknown causes? It may be one of the following culprits:

  1. Aging skin — As we age our skin loses fat and collagen which provide the necessary cushion for your capillaries and blood vessels from being broken and causing bruises.
  2. Vitamin Deficiency — Vitamins can help produce collagen and promote healing. A lack of adequate amounts of certain nutrients, including folic acid and vitamins B12, C and K could make you more susceptible to bruising.
  3. Your medications and supplements — What you ingest can have an effect on your blood, circulation and blood clotting. If you take medicines like aspirin, anticoagulants, antibiotics, or prednisone, you may bruise more easily. Supplements like ginkgo and fish oil can also have the same effect of more frequent bruising.
  4. The Sun — Exposure to the sun over the years, and certainly overexposure from poor protection, weakens the skin and makes it more susceptible to bruising.

So, what can you do to help diminish these factors? Aging and required medications for medical conditions are unavoidable, but each of us can help our skin’s health by some common sense actions that include:

  • Always use sunscreen on exposed skin
  • Moisturize your skin morning and night to prevent dryness
  • Regular exercise promotes a healthy heart, weight and circulatory system
  • Eat more foods with monosaturated fats like avocados and nuts
  • Drink more water and less alcohol
  • Take a Vitamin B-Complex for healthy skin tone maintenance
  • Make sure your multivitamin is formulated for your age and contains a minimum of 15mg of Vitamin E per day
  • Eat less sugar in your diet(read The Sugar Detox by Brooke Alpert, MS and RD and Patricia Farris, MD)