Crepey skin can appear as deep lines and wrinkles or loose folds of skin with sagging and/or crinkly texture. Crepey skin tends to appear on the face, especially around the eyes, and on the neck and arms. It can result from a variety of factors, including the decrease in natural production of elastin and collagen, sun damage, environmental factors, smoking, dehydration of the skin, gravity and extreme or rapid weight loss. Many causes of crepey skin cannot be avoided but their effects can be remedied to improve skin firmness and texture.
Alpha Hydroxy Acids (AHAs)
Clinical instructor of dermatology Dr. Eileen Lambroza, in the “Doctors Book of Home Remedies for Women,” suggests making alpha hydroxy acids the foundation of your daily skin-care regimen to remedy fine wrinkles and prevent future crepey skin. Alpha hydroxy acids are derived from milk, fruit and sugarcane. AHAs can help loosen old wrinkles on your skin surface, peel them away and expose younger cells underneath. AHAs also plump the skin’s surface which helps fill in wrinkles. Lambroza says that AHAs in cream or lotion form also work as exceptional moisturizers. Lambroza says that the same AHAs used in expensive department-store products are used to make the inexpensive products sold at drugstores, making AHAs available to remedy crepey skin for any budget.
Test your skin’s reactivity to AHA by placing a small amount under your jaw. If you do not experience redness or irritation, begin using the product once daily. Lambroza warns that you may experience tingling when applying AHAs, but the sensation should disappear within a few minutes. If you do not develop redness or irritation after several days of use, you can increase your use of the preparation to twice daily, applying once in the morning and once at night.
Physicians recommend protecting your face from wrinkle-forming forces or your efforts to remedy crepey skin will be less than effective. Dermatologist Dr. Ellen Gendler, also in the “Doctors Book of Home Remedies for Women” suggests doubling up on sunscreen if you plan to spend the day outside.
Sun protection factor, generally referred to as SPF, only refers to the product’s ability to shield ultraviolet B (UVB) rays which only penetrate the top layers of skin. Gendler says it also is important to protect against ultraviolet A (UVA) rays which infiltrate the deeper layers of skin, causing wrinkles. She suggests finding products that protect from both types of sun rays or using a sunscreen with a higher SPF to gain added UVB protection.
Dermatologist Dr. Allison Vidimos recommends avoiding tanning salons to help prevent crepey skin, as well as serious skin damage. Vidimos refers to tanning salons as “wrinkling salons” and states that despite advertising safe tans, tanning booths produce rays that can cause premature wrinkling of the skin and even skin cancer.
Dr. Margaret A. Weiss also in the “Doctors Book of Home Remedies for Women” says that losing or gaining even a small amount of weight can cause fine wrinkles and potentially crepe-like skin. Weight loss and gain causes stretching and tightening which in turn affects the texture of skin, causing folds and wrinkling.
References and ResourcesDr. Nicholas Perricone: Combating Crepey Skin
The Doctors Book of Home Remedies for Women: Wrinkles