You’re not alone. It's estimated that 30% of women and many men bruise easily.
You may be more susceptible to bruising, but that does necessarily mean that you have an underlying medical condition. Also, it is important to note that people tend to bruise more easily with age. As the tissues that support the body's capillaries weaken, capillary walls become more vulnerable to breaking. Also, since our skin becomes thinner as we age we lose some of the protective barrier that help cushion blood vessels from becoming injured.
In some rare cases, bruising easily can be a sign of an underlying medical condition such as blood clotting problems or blood disease, so if you have concerns, definitely talk to your doctor.
What is bruising?
Bruises occur when capillaries (small blood vessels near the skin's surface) break due to an impact or an injury. This impact or injury will cause blood to leak out of the vessels.
This appears on the surface of the skin as a red, black and blue blemish. For people who bruise easily, even a very minor impact can result in a bruise appearing on the skin.
How can I heal my bruises?
Sometimes, bruises can be very painful and could be a sign of some more significant damage such as a break, so you should always seek the advice of a doctor if you have any concerns.
If you simply have a bruise that you would like to treat at home, there are a number of remedies. You should always start with the R.I.C.E. principle: Rest, Ice, Compression and Elevation.
Nature has a lot to offer when it comes to fighting a bruise. Natural ingredients such as Witch Hazel, Menthol and Arnica are proven bruise fighters.