Indentation tests were carried out on the forehead skin of volunteers under loading pressures of 0–5 KPa. The indentation was found to increase asymptomatically with loading pressure. In an attempt to develop a quantitative index for aging of the skin, its response to indentation loading was analyzed in reference to its glycosaminoglycan (GAG) containing ground substance and fibers’ network microstructure. An analytic model that considers the skin as an incompressible solid-fluid mixture was developed and utilized to simulate the skin’s indentation response. Following parameter fitting, the predicted results are in close agreement with the data. The model can thus serve as a tool for evaluating the effect of changes in the dermis components which accompany aging.

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