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.

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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:
  • Dehydration
  • Premature Aging
  • Potassium Need

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:
some loss of muscle tone
minor joint pain/swelling/stiffness
tongue swelling
frequent unexplained nausea
increased skin wrinkling
slow reaction time
cloudy urine
high alcohol consumption
morning sickness
allergies to certain foods
being a lethargic person
high added salt consumption
... 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 18% Unlikely
Potassium Need 4% 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 good skin elasticity, reduced skin elasticity or greatly reduced skin elasticity, The Analyst™ will consider possibilities such as:
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.

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