Even if you think you’re too young to have wrinkles, you’ve probably already noticed crepey skin.
Crepey skin is thin skin that forms a patch of fine wrinkles after being stretched and re-formed too many times. It often has a rough skin texture and it may literally resemble crepe paper.
It’s normal to have crepey skin in your elbows and other joints, but as you age it will start to appear on your face and neck as well. The good news…
You can take action at any age to prevent crepey skin from forming or getting worse.
The Causes of Crepey Skin
Now, the first step to understanding how to address crepey skin is to understand what causes crepey skin. Here are some important things to know:
- While you may think of skin as thin, it’s not. Your skin cells help make up multiple layers of skin. The middle layer of your skin is called the dermis and is responsible for 90 percent of your skin’s thickness.
- Your dermis is able to stretch and reform because it’s made up of proteins called elastin and collagen. If the skin is lacking adequate amounts of collagen and elastin, it doesn’t stretch or snap back into place very well.1
- When thin skin with little collagen is regularly stretched it forms seams or fine lines. These lines appear as crepey skin.
- Fine wrinkles will also appear when loose skin begins to sag thanks to the effects of gravity.
- Some skin naturally has a thin dermis, such as the skin on your elbows.
- Other skin has a thicker dermis, but as you age, collagen production slows. It’s natural for collagen and elastin to break down over time, and when your body is no longer to replace it, fine lines will begin to form.2
Unfortunately, many of the factors that lead to crepey skin are beyond your control. You can’t exactly stop aging, turn back time, or control your genetics.
Luckily, there are steps you can take to prevent crepey skin from forming, or to help make crepey skin repair itself once you have it.
Preventing Wrinkles and Crepey Skin
Even if you don’t yet have crepey skin on your face or neck, you might already be experiencing skin damage that will lead to it. That said, there are some things you can do now, to help prevent tiny wrinkles from forming as you age and to promote younger-looking skin.
1. Your diet has a big impact on your skin health. Both vitamin C and omega 3 acids are linked to your skin’s ability to maintain elastin.3,4 Eating more of these nutrients will help your skin resist the signs of aging and collagen loss.5
2. Proper hydration is also key to healthy skin, so be sure you’re drinking plenty of water.6
3. Supplements containing collagen and hyaluronic acid have also been shown to help skin cells retain their natural collagen. Hyaluronic acid has also been shown to help reduce the appearance of wrinkles.7
4. Very fast weight loss or weight gain can stretch your skin. If you’re starting a new diet, make sure you are shedding pounds at a slow but steady pace.8
5. Sun damage is a major contributing factor in the formation of crepey skin. Always apply sunscreen before you spend time outside, even during the winter or if it’s not sunny.
6. Tobacco and alcohol can both contribute to skin aging and crepey skin. Try to keep exposure to both these substances to a minimum.
7. Regular exercise can help your skin maintain its elastin for longer and help boost collagen production.
8. Wash your skin regularly and including a good moisturizer in your skin-care routine.9
Many of the factors that help prevent crepey skin are also good practices for overall health. The good news is that taking proper care of your skin is likely to have positive impacts in other parts of your life as well.
However, if you’ve already discovered the appearance of small wrinkles, you’ll need to consider crepey skin repair.
The Best Ways to Treat or Get Rid of Fine Wrinkles
If you already have crepey skin, your next step is to learn how to fix crepey skin. In some cases, over-the-counter remedies can help. In severe cases, you may need professional treatment. Generally, surgery isn’t recommended on thin skin, but there are several non-surgical skin tightening options available.
→ Retinoids are a form of vitamin A, and they have been shown to help offset the effects of aging on your skin cells, including collagen loss.10
→ Besides preventing crepey skin from forming, supplements containing hyaluronic acid have also been shown to help get rid of existing wrinkles and fine lines.
→ Doctors have been able to tighten patients’ loose skin by applying ultrasound to the affected skin in labs.12
→ Massage has also been shown to help increase skin elasticity when paired with face creams.13
→ Your loose skin may tighten after application of radiofrequency. Your doctor may either place a heating device against your skin or insert a needle that will heat your skin from the inside. Both approaches may help tighten skin and increase collagen production.14
→ Laser surfacing is also a heat-based process, but the heat is delivered by lasers rather than a radiofrequency device. It is invasive, and this treatment may require up to a week of recovery time afterward.15
Always talk to your dermatologist before undergoing any crepey skin repair treatment. There are many methods when it comes to how to get rid of crepey skin, but they may not all be a good fit for you.
Avoiding Crepey Skin Is a Daily Process
Whether you’re finding tiny, thin wrinkles, or you just want to prevent them from forming, seek a mix of prevention and repair. If you keep an eye on your diet and weight loss plans, and you maintain a healthy daily face care routine, you’re already on the right path.
If you pair your regular routine with some extra care and some hefty moisturizing, you can keep your crepey skin in check.
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