Health Answers: Is bruising easily a health concern?

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Q: Is bruising easily a health concern?

A: A bruise forms when small blood vessels under the skin break, dumping some blood into the tissue that can be seen from the surface of the skin. Gary Chuang, director of the Dermatologic & Cosmetic Surgery Center at Tufts Medical Center, says that one of the main reasons people bruise more easily is because of age. As we get older, the skin loses collagen, as well as the ability to retain water. “These two building blocks of skin are basically like air bags that protect the blood vessels underneath,” he says. Simple bumps and dings leave bruises because there’s less of a cushion protecting their blood vessels.

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