Senile purpura
Senile purpura is a skin condition characterized by large, 1- to 5-cm, dark purplish-red ecchymoses appearing on the dorsa of the forearms and the hands. The purpuric lesion is caused by sun-induced damage to the connective tissue of the skin. No treatment is necessary. The lesions typically fade over a period of up to 3 weeks.

It is important not to apply steroid ointments.

  • This condition is very common in older people and if the arm is held hard, it bruises easily. Steroid ointment should not be applied.
    References Actinic Purpura 28846319 
    Actinic purpura results from the extravasation of blood into the dermis. This phenomenon is due to the skin atrophy and fragility of the blood vessels in elderly individuals, which is exacerbated by chronic sun exposure.