Aging Hands

Hands are often one of the first areas of the body where aging is noticeable. Years of exposure to the elements and potential insults, and wear and tear causes the aged appearance and function.

Common signs of aging hands include:

  • Loss of fat and bony appearance with prominent tendons.
  • Dry, wrinkly, thin skin.
  • Muscle loss.
  • Visible veins.
  • Sunspots. 
  • Rough, scaly patches (actinic keratosis).
  • Brittle nails.
  • Cold hands.
  • Decreased sensitivity to heat.
  • Loss of dexterity.


Management of aging hands

Preventative measures can be taken to improve the appearance and reduce further changes:

  • Use of sunscreen and sun-protective gloves.
  • Wearing gloves while cleaning and gardening.
  • Frequent application of moisturizer.
  • Therapeutic exercises rubber balls or elastic bands.


Treatment options include:

  • Topical regimens including alpha- and beta-hydroxy acids, retinols, antioxidants, growth factors, and peptides.
  • Chemical peels.
  • Lasers for removal of sunspots and wrinkles.
  • Injectable fillers to restore volume.

Source: American Society for Dermatologic Surgery. (n.d.). Skin Experts. Retrieved February 9, 2022, from