Reasons you bruise easily
Do you regularly wake up with a garish bruise and no recollection of bumping into anything? And no, we’re not talking about ‘those kind of nights’! Or, maybe the slightest contact leaves you with a unsightly black and blue spot? If this sounds familiar, you’re not alone.
Is bruising easily cause for concern?
Some people — especially women — are more prone to bruising than others. But, don’t stress, most of the time bruises are harmless and go away on their own. Read on for some of the common causes.
Do you bruise more easily now than you did when you were younger? There’s a reason for that. As we get older our skin becomes thinner and loses its fatty later that protects blood vessels when you bump into something.
Medicines and supplements
Some medicines and supplements you’re taking could be at the root of your bruises. If you take aspirin or a blood thinner, don't be alarmed by the occasional black-and-blue mark. Some supplements, like fish oil and ginkgo, can do it too. Steroids can also cause easy bruising because they thin the skin. If you notice this, don't stop taking your medication without first consulting your doctor.
Low Vitamin C
If you’re not consuming enough of this antioxidant-rich nutrient you may bruise easily.
Or, thank mum and dad – if bruising easily is something you all share it might run in the family.
As if you needed another reason to listen to us and wear SPF! Over time, the sun weakens your skin barrier and the tiny blood vessels underneath it. These bruises look a little different. They aren't caused by bumping into something and don't usually feel tender when you touch them. You’ll usually spot them on the backs of your hands and arms.
An intensive workout can occasionally cause bruises due to overexerting your muscles, which causes tiny tears in your blood vessels. Weight lifting or endurance running are more likely to cause this than a 30 minute workout.
Try resting, elevating and icing the affected area post-exercise.
Can easy bruising indicate a more serious problem?
Yes – frequent and large bruises can sometimes indicate a more serious underlying condition like blood-clotting problems.
If you are concerned make sure to see a doctor.