What is crepey skin?
Crepey skin is thin and looks finely wrinkled like crepe paper. It may also sag or feel loose. While crepey skin is similar to common wrinkles in many ways, the condition tends to impact larger areas, and this skin feels noticeably more fragile and thin. Crepey skin is most common under the eyes.
What are the causes of crepey skin?
Sun damage is the most common cause of crepey skin, but it certainly isn’t the only cause. Crepey skin can also result from aging, a lack of moisture, excessive weight loss, or any combination of these.
The ultraviolet light in the sun’s rays break down collagen and elastin in skin that help it stay tight and wrinkle-free. Once these fibers break down, the skin can loosen, thin, and wrinkle.
Age is also a factor. You produce less collagen and elastin — the fibers that help your skin look supple and smooth — the older you get. Pollution, stress, and smoking cigarettes all take a toll on skin over your lifetime and can contribute to visible signs of aging.
What treatment is available for crepey skin?
There is a range treatments that can be used to reduce crepey skin and improve skin health. Your particular skin, the cause of creping, and the location on your body will determine what treatments are best and in an aesthetic consultation we will work out the most effective and personalised treatment plan for you.
At London Real Skin, we use Erbium Yag Laser to treat crepey skin under the eyes or on the cheeks. The laser produces energy in the mid infrared invisible light spectrum which can be used to precisely target skin and water-holding tissue, leaving the surrounding skin unharmed. This creates a controlled thermal injury or wound that leads to remodelling of collagen (the protein in the skin that controls skin strength and elasticity).
A dermal fillers agent like Juvederm can improve the appearance, texture, and thickness of crepey skin. These agents are injected into your skin to stimulate the growth of collagen. They can also enhance someone’s face structure making the skin look tighter.
Topical tretinoin encourage exfoliation and speed cell turnover. However, these products can be drying and make crepey skin worse if they aren’t also used with proper precautions and hydrating products. A skincare consultation with one of our aesthetic practitioner will help you choose the right treatment.