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Dermatoporosis: Aging, Fragile Skin

Joette Calabrese, HMC, PHom M

July 10th, 2022  |  21 Comments

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Joette Calabrese

“Toughen up! You’re too thin-skinned!”

Have you ever heard that before? Well, maybe we can try to thicken our “psychological” skin with a bit of introspection. But what do we do when our physical skin has become too thin?

As adults age, the skin thickness and elasticity diminish as the body loses hyaluronic acid and collagen. This leaves the largest organ — skin — susceptible to tears, ecchymosis, pressure ulcers, deep dissecting hematomas, and slow-healing wounds. In short, our skin loses its ability to fend off mechanical injury.

The medical community only recently established a name for this natural occurrence — dermatoporosis. (I’d say that’s more than a 25-cent word! Adjusted for inflation, it seems like it’s worth at least 50 cents!)

What does it mean? Well, they borrowed from the term “osteoporosis,” which we all know means a weakness in bones, to imply a similar weakness in skin: dermato (skin) joined with porosis (porous).

Until 2007, when the term was created, this type of skin degeneration was often overlooked as merely a cosmetic issue. But now, it’s generally accepted that weakened skin can eventually lead to problems requiring treatment.

And while conventional medical practitioners readily admit that corticosteroid overuse can hasten the onset of dermatoporosis, they are ready and eager with yet more synthetic treatments! But who knows what eventual conditions those new medications may cause!

(Here’s an interesting PubMed article on the topic, Chronic Skin Fragility of Aging, that explains more.)

But, WE have homeopathy!

If pathology arises from the natural process of aging skin, the Practical Homeopath may turn to the cell salt Silicea 3 or 6, twice a day. Why? Silicea is specific to the skin — or skin that is too thin, breaks easily or doesn’t heal fast enough.

As stated in “The Biochemical Handbook: How to Get Well and Keep Fit With Biochemic Tissue Salts” by J. B. Chapman and Edward L. Perry, Silicea “restores the activity of the skin … it can often initiate the healing process.”

That sounds like just what's needed when aging skin becomes too fragile. But aging skin isn’t yearning for the treatments the PubMed article highlighted: synthetic topical creams (such as Tretinoin or AHAs) or estrogen hormone replacement therapy.


Instead, we look for treatments that are natural and polite. Luckily, the article did mention the therapeutic benefit of an improved diet containing ample animal proteins. (Score yet another point for Weston A. Price!)

Had the researchers consulted a homeopathic repertory for this condition. They would have found a demonstrable improvement in thinning, fragile skin by following the simple regimen of Silicea 3 or 6, twice daily over a period of time.

Now, some people are still concerned about using Silicea because of its ability to press out sharp foreign objects from the skin.

That should not be of significant concern, but I will go into this concept more with my Mighty Members later in the week. So, if you want to learn more, please join us!

Until next time, pass on the good news of homeopathy!



Joette Calabrese

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7/8/22 Dermatoporosis (aging, fragile, thinning skin)


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21 thoughts on “Dermatoporosis: Aging, Fragile Skin”

  1. Leanne Burns says:

    Kill two birds with one stone… Silica binds with aluminum…great applications in Alzheimer’s! (DR. Bill McGraw’s work)

  2. Sonia says:

    Would calc fluor 12x help too? And can it be taken together with the silica?

  3. LL says:

    Timely article, Joette, Thank you! Been very curious about this condition with many people while not finding common sense answers. Silicea 3X or 6x. Found Silicea 3x at Bee Healthy homeopathic products (Virginia). btw, they also carry gunpowder 3x and other cell salts in low potencies. cell salts come in tituration tablets of 900 tablets (90gm) and products like gunpowder and other combos come in 25gm bottles (about 100 tablets as they are larger).

    1. LL says:

      Trituration not Tituration

  4. CB says:

    Silica is a great remedy, but the problem is that I can’t give it to my mom who had two hip surgeries with implants. I am worried it would expel the implants.

    1. Pam says:

      I have a hip replacement and 2 teeth implants- Hopefully, it won’t kick them out. So far so good, but it’s only been a week.

      1. Joette Calabrese, HMC, CCH says:

        I’d love to know the source of such information.
        Who is telling the world that Silica pushes our implants and other such appliances?

        1. Darlene says:

          I had 2 crowns come off after taking Silica 30c. One the glue was still on the crown not the tooth. The dentist said he had never seen anything like it.

  5. Anna says:

    Will this help ‘creepy’ skin issues under the arms?? Thanks

  6. SD says:

    Will the Silica also address brown spots perhaps?

  7. Jennifer says:

    When you say “taken for a period of time”, how long should someone expect to take Silicea 3 or 6 to see a difference in skin quality?

    1. Joette Calabrese, HMC, CCH says:

      For some, there’s a change in weeks. In others months.

  8. c says:

    Perfect timing and LOVE LOVE the comments !! A friend just asked last week what to do for her dad who was put on blood thinners and now looking very bruised. She thought arnica creme as long as skin not broken. Great to know about Bee Healthy L.L. as I tried to get gunpowder in 3x via Helios and they don’t have it. I am also wondering about crepey skin however I believe that has to do with elasticity.

  9. caroline says:

    Is It ok to take with breast implants such a mistake can not afford to remove thankyou

  10. Ranjit says:


    1. Joette Calabrese, HMC, CCH says:

      I have no experience with such problems while using Silica. However, a few people have mentioned problems that they attribute to Silica in regards to fillings released from teeth. This gives me pause to consider the possibility of such an event.
      Understanding the action of Silica counteracts such yet, it’s probably prudent to consider.

  11. Andrea Farrell says:

    Hi Joette, my Mum had a stent in her leg last year, so far I have avoided Silica like the plague incase I dislodge the stent. Is it possible that Silica could move the stent, it will be well and trully fixed in place now surely its not going to have the ability to move a stent. pps thanks Joette you have helped Mum and I a lot recently.

  12. Rebecca says:

    I am going to try this for my husband. He is 77 years old and in excellent health, but his skin is thin and he is slow healing from scratches, etc. He still jogs every day and takes no meds! Hope this helps and I am going to try it for my thinning skin as well. Any advice is welcomed!

  13. Corina says:

    I would love to try Silica as suggested above, but I have a metal plate from breaking my leg and I am afraid.
    Is it any evidence that Silica doesn’t remove deep-seated metals from the body?

  14. Kishan lal roshia says:

    Even heart stunts may get affected with silicea

    1. Joette Calabrese, HMC, CCH, PHom M says:

      Pls share where you’ve found this data.
      I’m genuinely interested.

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