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How To Prevent & Improve Crepey Skin


Crepey skin refers to skin that looks thin and wrinkled resembling crepe paper. Crepey skin is a skin condition that can arise due to a multitude of reasons. Genetics as well as environmental factors can play a role in crepey skin. A very common cause of crepey skin is UV radiation caused by the sun’s powerful rays as well as tanning beds. UV rays affect the skin by breaking down the elasticity of the skin. When the skin loses elasticity, it becomes saggy and doesn’t return to its original position as quickly. Long-term exposure to UV radiation will prevent your skin from being able to repair itself from any damage. Other causes that contribute to crepey skin include significant weight fluctuation, alcohol consumption, lack of moisture in the skin, medications such as prednisone, sleep deprivation, pollution, difficulty eating a balanced diet, heat exposure, and increased cortisol levels from stress. Additionally, studies have shown that there is a link between crepey skin and some genetic disorders that can damage the skin or cause premature aging. The rare disorders include Ehlers-Danlos syndrome, Werner syndrome, and progeria.

There are several things you can do that can help protect your skin. The first and most effective is sun protection. You can protect your skin from the sun by wearing sunscreen, seeking shade, and wearing sun-protective clothing. When using sunscreen, it is important to invest in SPF that is at least SPF 30 or higher. If you wear makeup regularly, look for a foundation that already incorporates SPF. Additionally, you want to make sure that you are keeping your skin hydrated throughout the day and at night. Use a moisturizer in your day and nighttime routine to keep your skin looking bright and youthful. What you consume is also really important—make sure to eat foods that are rich in antioxidants such as carotenoids, tocopherols, and flavonoids, vitamins A, C, D, E, and omega-3 fatty acids.

You can also improve elasticity with topical creams that contain retinol. Retinoids help skin cells regenerate faster, which in turn helps reduce the chance of developing crepey skin. Lastly, you can do some at home remedies that can help prevent crepey skin. Some of these remedies include: massaging the body (face, arms, and legs), physical exercise, reducing stress, getting a good night’s sleep, and exfoliating one to two times a week. There are also over the counter products that can be purchased if home remedies aren’t improving your skin. Some of the ingredients the products will contain might include glycolic acid, lactic acid, malic acid, citric acid, and tartaric acid. All these ingredients help reduce the appearance of wrinkles and improves the skin’s overall texture.


Advanced Dermatology Care of Southern California is a comprehensive dermatology group providing general & surgical dermatology, cosmetic enhancements and plastic surgery with two Southern California locations. Under the direction of Michael P. Tabibian, M.D., Medical Director, our collective experience aims to provide our patients innovative and highly individualized skin treatment solutions for patients of all ages and skin types.