Anatomy & Physiology Question #54


Which is an age-related change to the skin?


  1. Germinative cell activity declines
  2. Glandular activity increases
  3. Langerhans cells decrease in number
  4. The dermis thins


The correct answers are A, C, and D. Sebaceous glands produce less oil with aging. Men experience a minimal decrease, most often after the age of 80, while women gradually produce less oil beginning after menopause. With aging the skin needs more moisture and reduced elasticity occurs and results in dryness and itchiness. The sweat glands produce less sweat and heat exhaustion can occur more rapidly with aging.