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According to the Free Dictionary, a crepe is a thin light delicate pancake. While the use of pancake makeup may be a common beauty treatment, most of us do not want our skin compared to a crepe. Crepey skin refers to skin that has become loose, thin, and flaccid with age. However, surprisingly, even though the phenomena plagues the more mature, experts say age is not the most common cause. Read on to find out what the professionals say about what leads to crepey skin and how to fix it.
Crepey Skin Causes
According to dermatologist Amy Kassouf, MD, in contrast to wrinkles around the mouth and eyes, which are typically caused by repeated movement of muscles, crepey skin is usually the result of sun damage. Over time, UV rays break down elastin, the fibers in your skin that keep it from stretching out. While these fibers can heal, eventually, they lose the ability to repair completely, gradually becoming laxer. The result? Crepey skin.
Although crepey skin usually appears when you’re in your 40’s it can show up earlier, especially if you’ve lost a significant amount of weight, or are a chronic user of tanning beds. Luckily, there are ways to combat crepey skin and even correct it, to a degree.
Preventing Crepey Skin
Stay In The Shade
Because crepey skin is so often a result of sun exposure, staying out of the sun is probably the best preventative measure. If that’s not possible, make sure to protect skin with sunscreens and skin covering clothing.
Keep Skin Hydrated
Using a good moisturizer is one of the best ways to prevent further injury to skin that causes or worsens creepiness.
Check the label on your moisturizer to make sure you’re using a product with alpha or beta hydroxy acids, like lactic, salicylic, or glycolic acids. These will plump and lubricate the skin, helping to counteract the crepey appearance.
Changing Your Routine
Once you reach your 40’s, your skin will stop producing oils the way it used to. That means that the barrier that protects your skin from the environment will weaken, and irritation and inflammation will become harder to avoid.
Adding hydroxy acid cleansers and emollients to your skin care routine may help to keep the skin barrier strong and protect it from further damage. Kassouf recommends topically applied retinol to thicken collagen and restore elastin to keep skin firm and resilient.
While formulas and lotions can be effective, they can only do so much. If your crepey skin is a result of substantial weight loss, you may want to consider plastic surgery to have it removed. Thermage is an alternative to surgery that uses radio frequency to heat and tighten skin, and build collagen. However, Kassouf warns that there are slight risks involved, and the procedure can be painful and costly and isn’t meant for everyone. She suggests working with a doctor or dermatologist to evaluate your options and decide which best suit your needs and lifestyle.
Is your skin crepey? Let us know what you do to keep your skin tight and strong. we love to hear from you!