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Crepey skin treatment options

What causes crepey skin?

Our skin can gradually become more loose and flaccid. But when the skin begins to feel thin as paper, the most common cause isn’t aging.

 

Crepey skin is skin that appears thin and wrinkled, bearing a resemblance to crepe paper.

 

It also exhibits a loss of elasticity; when stretched, it does not return to its normal state as quickly or fully as it once would have.

 

Unlike wrinkles around the eyes and mouth (that result from repeated muscle movements), crepey skin typically can be traced to sun damage.

 

Over time, exposure to the sun breaks down elastin, the fibers in your skin that allow it to stretch and return to its normal position.

 

The thin, loose skin also tends to develop brown “age” or “liver” spots and red broken capillaries. It most commonly occurs in areas of frequent sun exposure (e.g., under the eyes), but shaded parts of the body, such as the insides of the upper arms, may also adopt a crepey appearance.

 

Sun damage is the most common cause of crepey skin, but it certainly isn't the only cause. Other common causes of crepey skin include:

 

  • Genetics

  • Smoking

  • Pollution

  • Dryness (dehydration) of skin

  • Substantial weight loss or gain

  • Inadequate sleep

  • Improper nutrition

 

Crepey skin usually begins to appear when you’re in your 40s. But it can show up as early as your 20s if you are a chronic tanning-bed user or have gained and lost substantial amounts of weight.

 

Over time, UV radiation breaks down collagen and elastin, which help prevent skin from thinning, stretching and wrinkling. Individuals with fair skin are especially susceptible to skin damage from UV radiation.

 

Medications are another potential cause of crepey skin, such as long-term prednisone.

What are the treatment options for crepey skin?

These are some of the treatment options for crepey skin and providers in the Dominican Republic. 

Dermal Fillers

Microneedling

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Aesthetic and Anti-Aging MD

Dermatologist

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