Crepey Skin

Crepey skin has many names: elephant skin, paper-thin skin, and grandma skin just to name a few. Typically, it first appears on the elbows where the skin is both thin and constantly being stretched. It wouldn’t be so bad if crepey skin stayed exclusively on your elbows. Unfortunately, crepey skin can appear anywhere—your neck, your hands, even your décolleté.

Crepey skin is one of the most difficult signs of skin aging to prevent because it has so many different causes and can occur on so many different parts of the body. That said, there are a number of effective treatments for crepey skin that can return your skin to its youthful smoothness.

Treatment for Crepey Skin

As damaging as age, sun exposure, and gravity can be, effective treatments do exist to help prevent, and even repair, crepey skin. Below are the four best crepey skin treatments.

1. Sunscreen

Sunscreen should be one of the cornerstones of your beauty regimen. Other than covering up completely, it is the best way to prevent the sun’s UV rays from damaging your skin.

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Whether you suffer from crepey skin or not, it’s important to apply sunscreen to exposed skin every day before you leave the house or office. If you’re going to be outside, or even in a car or sitting near a window, remember to re-apply an SPF 50 sunscreen every 2 hours. Both ZO Skin Health and Epionce Product lines offer sunscreen creams and lotions that have earned the Skin Cancer Foundation Seal of Recommendation.

2. Fraxel

A great method for treating crepeyness is by stimulation of the fibroblast cells within the skin.  This stimulation produces a lot collagen, as it did when the person was younger.
Fractionated lasers usually treat the surface of skin that might have been damaged by the sun.  They also drill down into the skin so as to stimulate the body to repair the controlled and also limited damage brought about by the laser itself.

Fraxel Restore is the gold standard for the laser in the particular category of treatment.  Fraxel Restore is particularly useful when the crepeyness of skin is extensive and a person does not want or would not consider plastic surgery.

Fraxel is also excellent for treating of the facial scars.  After all, old acne scars contribute to crepeyness as the skin ages.