Smooth skin is often touted as the standard for beauty, but for people with crepey skin, it can feel like an uphill battle to achieve that ideal elasticity. What is crepey skin anyway, and how can people prevent it from occurring?
What is Crepey Skin?
Crepey skin gets its name from its general appearance – which is thin and looks finely wrinkled like crepe paper. This condition usually covers a large part of the skin and is typically thin and fragile. Some of the most common areas for crepey skin is underneath the eyes and on the upper inner arms.
What Causes Crepey Skin?
While most people associate thin or wrinkly skin with old age, crepey skin can also occur from other causes, including:
- Sun exposure
- Certain skin types
- Excessive weight loss
- Hormonal changes
- Any combination of the above
As you age, your skin produces less oil. These oils are essential for locking in moisture, and producing less of them results in dyer skin. Dryness from any of these causes can lead to crepey skin.
Crepey Skin Treatment Options
Depending on the severity of your crepey skin, there are several treatments that you can do at home or with your dermatologist. Some over-the-counter products include retinoids, alpha hydroxy acids, or peptides. These products should be used as directed, and you should stop using them if you experience stinging or burning sensations.
A simple sugar scrub to remove dry skin may be enough to treat your crepey skin. You should also incorporate face and body cleansers that won’t strip your skin of its natural lipid and protein barriers into your daily routine. These cleansers will help keep your skin properly moisturized.
If over-the-counter products and home remedies aren’t giving you the results you want, you should talk to your dermatologist. There are a few dermatological treatments that could treat your dry skin, including:
- Fractional laser treatments (Fraxel)
- Thermage Cellulite Reduction
- Legend Progressive Skin Tightening
If you’ve experienced excessive weight loss, you should consider cosmetic surgery as a way to remove your crepey skin. A cosmetic surgeon may also suggest other anti-aging solutions to help treat dry or thin skin.
How to Prevent Crepey Skin
Since sun exposure is the leading cause of crepey skin, it’s crucial to protect your body from UV exposure. When staying out in the sun, wear sunscreen or sun-protective clothing like hats, sunglasses, and other clothing materials.
Since crepey skin is caused by dryness, including a moisturizer or body lotion into your daily routine can help hydrate your skin. As you get older, you should also look for creams that contain retinol to help restore your skin’s elasticity and thicken its collagen.
Following a balanced diet that is high in Vitamin C and antioxidants can help your body stay healthy. Eating foods like blueberries and avocados won’t improve dry skin overnight, but over time, it can build up your skin’s defenses.
Contact Innovations Medical for Crepey Skin Treatments
If your skin is losing its elasticity, or your skin feels wrinkly and thin in some areas, talk to our skilled surgeons about your treatment options. We’ve been helping our patients look their best since 1984, and even our most advanced procedures are often minimally invasive.