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What Causes Crepey Skin and How To Get Rid of It

Crepey skin occurs when there is a breakdown or lack of collagen and elastin in the skin. Learn why this happens and how to improve crepey skin.

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If you suspect that you might have some crepey skin on some parts of your face or body, there may be things you can do about it.

Thinning skin with a crinkled skin appearance is common with aging, but that doesn’t mean you have to put up with it if it bothers you.

In this article, we will cover the most commonly asked questions about crepey skin and go over options for dermatology treatments, over-the-counter products, and prescription creams.

Also Read: 7 Ways To Avoid Premature Skin Aging


What is crepey skin?

Crepey skin is characterized by thin skin that looks like it has many closely packed wrinkles, resembling crepe paper - the popular party decoration.

These skin changes tend to occur on areas of skin that are prone to thinning or that have had lots of sun exposure.

Crepey skin tends to feel and look thin and fragile in addition to having an almost crinkled appearance.

What causes crepey skin?

Crepey skin occurs when there is a breakdown or lack of collagen and elastin in the skin.

Collagen and elastin are in your skin to help keep it supple, bouncy, and quickly snap back into shape after moving or stretching.

But, over time your skin will start losing some of these bouncy skin components, potentially leading to crepey skin.

Crepey skin tends to start after the age of 40 or so, depending on a few other factors.

Sun exposure is also a big culprit in the development of crepey skin.

UV rays breakdown collagen in the skin, leading to a thinner and more wrinkled appearance over time.

Lack of moisture, too little natural skin oils, or a quick weight loss may also be contributing factors to why crepey skin happens.

And, while you can’t stop getting older, you can control your skin’s hydration level, wear sunscreen, and protect your skin from UV rays.


Dermatology treatments for crepey skin

If you want to head straight into dermatology treatments for crepey skin, speak with your dermatologist about the following potential treatment options:

Laser treatments - Helps encourage the deeper layers of skin to produce more collagen.

Ultrasound treatments - Heats up lower levels of skin to encourage increased collagen production.

Coolsculpting - If crepey skin is over excess fat tissues, cool sculpting helps clear targeted patches of lipids to help smooth the above skin.

Fillers - These are injected in under the crepey skin to help increase the smoothness, hydration, and texture of the above skin.


Read Related: Are Stress Wrinkles a Real Thing? What Stress Does to Your Skin

Crepey skin products

Over-the-counter skin products that can help increase the hydration of the skin, or boost its thickness may make crepey skin look less obvious.

Over-the-counter retinoids, peptides, or alpha hydroxy acids may help exfoliate away older skin cells and increase the speed of new cell turnover.

For hydrating products to plump out those crepey areas look for creams with hyaluronic acid, lactic acid, salicylic acid, and glycolic acid.

If the skin that you want to smooth out is on your upper arms or other parts of your body, look for body lotions that contain alpha-hydroxy acids - Amlactin is a popular brand.


Strut Health prescription formulas for crepey skin

Tretinoin is a prescription-strength retinoid that is commonly used for its anti-aging and fine line-reducing properties.

Strut Anti-Aging Formula is a physician and pharmacist formulated compound that combines Tretinoin with other prescription and non-prescription ingredients to help boost the youthful appearance of skin.

Have an online questionnaire-based visit with our doctors today to see if Strut Anti-Aging Formula may be a good choice for your crepey skin issues.

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