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What to do About Crepey Skin

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There are several cosmetic issues that adults commonly face. We talk a lot about the disadvantages of lines, wrinkles, and undereye bags, but there’s more. Today, we will discuss the issue of crepey skin. What does it mean to have crepey skin and, more importantly, what can be done to postpone its appearance on the body? If you have already begun to notice that the skin on some parts of your body look like crepe-paper, don’t worry, we also discuss what can be done to regain the smooth texture you love.

What is Crepey Skin?

Crepey skin is somewhat different than the lines and wrinkles many of us struggle to accept, though the underlying cause is the same across the board. We get crepey skin (and lines and wrinkles) because our body stops producing sufficient amounts of collagen and elastin. These proteins are what support firmness and suppleness. Their decline means that skin stops “bouncing back” the way it once did. Areas in which skin tends to stretch, such as the chest, neck, and the eyelids, is not as resilient and takes on a perpetually loose texture.

What Causes Crepey Skin?

Ultimately, the cause of crepey skin is the loss of critical proteins. Collagen and elastin naturally diminish with age. However, there are additional contributing factors to the early and exacerbated appearance of crepey-ness. These include:

  • Extreme weight loss or rapid weight loss.
  • Sun damage (ultraviolet light breaks down collagen).
  • Dehydration.
  • High-sugar diet.
  • Smoking.
  • Sleeping on your side.

Warding Off Crepey Skin

Understanding the potential causes of loose, thin skin gives us the opportunity to minimize this problem. Suggestions include:

  • Drinking 8 or more glasses of water a day.
  • Wear sunscreen daily.
  • Care for facial, neck, and chest skin with medical-grade products.
  • Consume a healthy diet with abundant phytonutrients.

If you are in the Westerville, Ohio area, our team can also help you manage your skin with professional treatments that support collagen production. Techniques including microdermabrasion, and radio frequency have all demonstrated powerful effects against crepey skin. To learn more or schedule your visit, call 614-895-0400.

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