Crepey skin often appears around the eyes, décolletage, inner upper arms, and legs. It usually begins in our 40s, although due to genetics it can start as early as our 20s due to the breakdown of collagen bundles in the dermal layer of the skin.
Causes of crepey skin may include:
- Sun exposure
- Significant weight fluctuation
- Consuming alcohol
- Lack of moisture in the skin
- Some medications, such as prednisone
- Sleep deprivation
- Difficulty eating a balanced diet
- Heat exposure
- Increased cortisol levels from stress, which can lead to disrupted skin repair
As we age, our skin produces less oil than it did when we were younger. These oils create an important lipid barrier that protects skin and helps seal in moisture. Hormonal changes can also lead to drier skin and less natural oil production. Dryness for any reason can cause crepey skin.
- Use sunblock daily- It is important to properly protect the skin from sun damage to prevent crepey skin. Stay out of the sun as much as possible, and always wear SPF year-round.
- Stay hydrated- Drink half your body weight in water daily.
- Exercise- Keep the body toned by doing cardio, lifting weights, and swimming. For the arms the three best exercises to help control crepey arms are: push-ups, tricep dips, and tricep kickbacks.
- Consume collagen peptides- A study featured in the Journal of Cosmetic Dermatology found that women who consumed 10 grams of oral collagen peptides in a drink at bedtime experienced improved skin collagen levels and overall structure after 4 weeks. And better hydration levels after 8 weeks.
- Diet- Eat foods that promote healthy skin
- Supplements- Vitamins A, C, D, and E. Antioxidants won’t change your skin overnight, but will help prevent the breakdown over time.
- Drink green tea and white tea - high level of antioxidants.
- Dry brushing - dry brushing helps to exfoliate dead cells, helps with lymphatic drainage, detoxifying, and gives organs a boost.
- Use mild non-soap skin cleansers that do not strip the skin of its natural lipid and protein barrier.
- Apply moisturizers after having a warm bath/shower.
- Avoid antibacterial soaps.
- Avoid itchy clothing.
Professional Treatments that can help crepey skin:
- Microcurrent Therapy
- Collagen stimulating treatments like injectable PDO threads
- Topical Retinols
- Laser treatments such as Fractora, Ulthera, Coolsculpting, and Thermage
- Radio Frequency
- Chemical Peels
- UltraSound like Ultherapy
- Combining radiofrequency/IPL
**Keep in mind that there is no permanent fix but results appear gradually over several weeks following treatment. Multiple treatments may be needed to achieve results, treatments must be repeated periodically to maintain results.