As we age, our skin gets thinner and is more likely to bruise and tear. A factor that really contributes to aging of the skin is sun exposure over a long period of time. This makes the normal aging process even more severe. The skin bruises very easily and even the slightest amount of injury can cause a tear in the skin. This condition is referred to as Solar Elastosis, Senile Purpura or Actinic Purpura, which is a milder form of the process.


We have studied this condition in our Dermatopathology Laboratory, Water’s Edge Dermatology. The findings on microscopic examination are quite different than those found in normal skin. There is marked thinning of the reticular dermis and the outer layer (Squamous Epithelium) is compacted and lacks normal layers that should be present.


Arm with Solar Elastosis



2 Months Post Dermaka Cream



Histology of Skin with Solar Elastosis




Histology of Normal Skin


Note the difference in the two images. The normal skin image has healthy pink dermal tissue and also a normal appearing squamous epithelial layer.

No treatment has been proven to be 100% effective. If it is possible to help replenish and restore the dermal and epithelial layer, then healing and appearance of the skin should be improved. This is not done overnight and will take a considerable amount of time.


Our patients report that their skin improves in texture and bruising decr4eases when using dermaka cream. The ingredient in dermaka cream provide anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties as well as Vitamin A which helps in th4e repair of the reticular dermis.

Using dermaka cream and providing adequate sun protection, many patients have reported an improvement in the quality of their skin.


Ronald Bush, MD, FACS

The Vein Center at Water’s Edge Dermatology