Other skin conditions

The study found a variety of other skin conditions among older adults including actinic keratosis (found in 23 percent of older adults). The skin disease is distinguished by a rough, scaly patch of skin that slowly develops from years of sun exposure on the face, lips, ears, back of hands, forearms, scalp and neck. With time the spots or patches may become hard with a wartlike surface, and a small percentage can become skin cancer, according to the Mayo Clinic. They also found asteatotic eczema, or very dry skin, in 20.8 percent of older adults. It was more common among women. And the study found 25.6 percent of the adults had rosacea, a condition that causes redness and visible blood vessels on the face. It is more common among fair-skinned women. The skin condition can be mistaken for acne, other skin problems or natural ruddiness. The cause is unknown, but it could be due to a combination of hereditary and environmental factors, according to the Mayo Clinic.