Your Skin's Elasticity

What Causes Poor Skin Elasticity?

Poor skin elasticity can have various causes, ranging in severity from 'worrying' to 'needs attention'.  Finding the true cause means ruling out or confirming each possibility – in other words, diagnosis.

Diagnosis is usually a complex process due to the sheer number of possible causes and related symptoms.  In order to diagnose poor skin elasticity, we could:
  • Research the topic
  • Find a doctor with the time
  • Use a diagnostic computer system.
The process is the same, whichever method is used.

Step 1: List all Possible Causes

We begin by identifying the disease conditions which have "poor skin elasticity" as a symptom.  Here are three possibilities:
  • Premature Aging
  • Potassium Need
  • Dehydration

Step 2: Build a Symptom Checklist

We then identify all possible symptoms and risk factors of each possible cause, and check the ones that apply:
increased focal length
severe allergies to certain foods
some loss of muscle tone
minor hallucinations
moderate alcohol consumption
history of adult allergies
increased skin wrinkling
major joint pain/swelling/stiffness
discontinued low-carb diet
average balance
irritated eyes
high systolic blood pressure
... and more than 40 others

Step 3: Rule Out or Confirm each Possible Cause

A differential diagnosis of your symptoms and risk factors finds the likely cause of poor skin elasticity:
Cause Probability Status
Dehydration 91% Confirm
Premature Aging 17% Unlikely
Potassium Need 0% Ruled out
* This is a simple example to illustrate the process

Arriving at a Correct Diagnosis

The Analyst™ is our online diagnosis tool that learns all about you through a straightforward process of multi-level questioning, providing diagnosis at the end.

In the Symptoms Of Aging section of the questionnaire, The Analyst™ will ask the following question about your skin's elasticity:
How elastic is your skin? Pinch a large section of skin on the back of your hand, holding firmly for 5 seconds. Release and count the number of seconds for the pinched skin to return to its normal (totally flat) appearance.
Possible responses:
→ No / don't know
→ 0-2 seconds (very elastic)
→ 3-4 seconds
→ 5-8 seconds
→ Over 8 seconds (very inelastic)
Based on your response to this question, which may indicate either good skin elasticity or reduced skin elasticity, The Analyst™ will consider possibilities such as:
Dehydration
Inelastic skin is a sign of severe chronic dehydration.
Potassium Need
Skin elasticity is an indicator of potassium levels.  The skin on the back of one's hand, when pinched, should snap back like a fresh rubber band; if there is not enough potassium or too much sodium then the tissues will start to harden and return to their resting position more slowly.

Related Questions

Symptoms Of Aging