normally stretches and returns to its normal position if it’s well hydrated and
healthy. Hyperelastic skin stretches beyond its normal limit. Although this usually
isn’t a cause for concern, hyperelastic skin can be a symptom of many diseases
and conditions. If you have symptoms of hyperelastic skin, talk to your doctor.
causes hyperelastic skin?
A substance called collagen controls the elasticity of skin.
Collagen is a form of protein that makes up a majority of tissues in the body.
Hyperelasticity occurs when there’s an overproduction of collagen.
This condition is most commonly seen in people with Ehlers-Danlos
syndrome. This syndrome
covers a group of disorders that affect connective tissues within the body. The
condition is caused by a gene mutation, and people with it have excessive
stretching of their skin and joints.
Other common diseases and syndromes that cause hyperelastic
should you see your doctor?
If you or your child has abnormally stretchy skin or
extremely delicate skin, make an appointment to see your doctor. After
examining your skin, your doctor may refer you to a dermatologist. A
dermatologist is a specialist in skin care and diseases that affect the skin.
Notify your doctor if:
- blotches develop on your skin
- your skin becomes itchy
- you develop itchy patches on your skin
- you bruise easily
the causes of hyperelastic skin
If your skin stretches more than normal, consult your doctor
for a diagnosis. After performing a physical exam, your doctor will ask you
questions regarding your symptoms. Make sure to inform them:
- when you first began to notice the stretchy skin
- if it developed over time
- if you have a history of easily damaged skin
- if anyone in your family has Ehlers-Danlos
Make sure to note any other symptoms you have in addition to
There is no single test used to diagnose hyperelastic skin
other than a physical exam. However, symptoms in addition to stretchy skin may
help your doctor determine the cause. Depending on the diagnosis, your doctor
may perform additional tests.
is hyperelastic skin treated?
Hyperelastic skin can’t be treated. However, the underlying
condition causing it may be treatable. For example, Ehlers-Danlos syndrome is typically
treated with a combination of physical therapy and prescription medication, and
sometimes with surgery. If you’re diagnosed with subcutaneous T-cell lymphoma,
you may be treated using topical steroids, radiation, and chemotherapy.
Successful treatment of the condition may lessen symptoms of hyperelastic skin.
Since hyperelastic skin damages more easily, take these
steps to prevent future skin injuries:
- wear sunscreen when going out in the sun
- be careful of sharp objects to avoid cuts, scrapes, or
- don’t use collagen-based skin care products without
consulting your doctor
- wear gloves when using tools or when gardening