Paper Thin Skin
permission from Emu's Zine)
As we get older our skin begins to thin, sometimes it seems
like every little bump leaves a bruise – or worse – a skin tear.
this case, her cat accidentally clawed a 79-year-old lady. In
defense of the cat, it was asleep when it was unceremoniously picked
up from the chair. Instinctively, it “grabbed” to keep from
This resulted in two tiny skin tears that bled. as you can
see from the photo to the left, one of these was a triangle shaped
tear about 1/2 inch long. The second tear was also 1/2 inch long,
but closer to the fingers. Bruises ran across the top of the hand.
After the bleeding was stopped through slight pressure, emu oil was
applied, along with a clean bandage. In the past, wounds like this
have taken a couple of weeks to heal, with emu oil the time was cut
the second day the purple bruising was almost gone, with only a few
areas still affected.
The top of the hand developed yellow bruises which lasted for
about a day, but are not shown very clearly here because of the age
The skin tears were treated with emu oil twice a day and a
non-stick bandage was used to prevent further bruising.
day four the skin bruising was confined to the actual point of
impact rather than across the entire hand.
At this point, it was felt that the skin no longer needed a
bandage for protection. The skin tears were healed, there was no
scabbing and the skin appeared to be thick enough to withstand usual
contact. With the bandage off, the emu oil was applied more
frequently, perhaps 4 to 5 times during the day, gently rubbed in
like a moisturizing lotion.
can be seen by the picture to the left, by day 5 the bruising was
Skin remained thinner at the point of impact, but healing
appeared to be complete.
The skin kept it's pink "new skin" look for several more
day 8, the skin was probably in better shape than it was before the
Note that the age spots are fading.
Studies have shown that emu oil will actually thicken skin in
the elderly by supplying their skin with the critical fatty acids
required for skin and tissue nutrition.