Crepey Skin: Causes, Treatment & Prevention

While there are loads of names for it, crepey skin is something that men and women alike aim to steer clear of. Unfortunately, it’s not that simple. There are loads of reasons that crepey skin can creep up on you by surprise. Lucky for you, I am going to dive into those reasons as well as explain how to get rid of crepey skin. 

Say goodbye to thin and wrinkly skin and hello to a fresh face that is ready for what the world throws at it! Let’s not waste any time and jump right into it. 


We can’t know a solution without a cause. So, before we jump to conclusions, let’s talk about the different things that can be the cause of crepe skin: 

1. Sun Damage:

The biggest and most preventable component is overexposure to the sun. As I have mentioned before, the sun is one of the most dangerous predators. While taking in the rays may be much needed at times, there should be much more caution and preventative measures to prevent damage from the sun, but we’ll get into that more later. 

2. Age:

Age is inevitable and nothing to be afraid of. On the contrary, as much as society may tell you otherwise, age is a beautiful thing. However, it is a major component of crepey skin. As we age, our collagen and elastin dwindle more and more resulting in thinner and more fragile skin.  

3. External Factors:

I’m talking about the loads of pollution, grime, and other factors that your skin is exposed to on a daily basis. Unfortunately, with so much in the air in our world today, it is difficult to stay away from this cause. However, living in a big city versus a small town for most of your life does make a large difference. Smoking also falls under this category. Whether you smoke yourself or grew up in a home that smoked, this can be a major detriment to the firmness of your skin.  


Now, how do you fix it? There are a few ways to help treat crepe skin:

1. Retinoid

A more practical night time routine is finding a retinoid to apply. This helps even your overall complexion and lessen the tackiness of thin and crepe skin. Be careful when you begin using this treatment, though. Start using it once a week, and work your way up to every night to ensure you ease into it gently. 

2. Laser 

Laser treatments are a lot less scary than they might sound. These are extremely effective in removing years of sun damage as well as aging spots. This kickstarts the regrowth of collagen that is vital to an overall healthier glow. 

3. Fillers

If you’re ready for a quick fix, you can lean towards fillers. Luckily, there is no down time other than a bit of swelling that will subside. This can also help with other concerns such as deep set under eyes or hollow cheeks. Why not kill two birds with one stone?

4. CoolSculpting

A very popular trend right now, CoolSculpting uses extremely cold temperatures to remove fat cells. While many use this in other areas to slim their problem areas, it can also be used to tighten, which is where it benefits those with our dilemma at hand. 


The best and most important thing you can do for your complexion is to work on preventive care. Here are the best things to start adding to your daily routine: 

1. Sunscreen

If you only take away one key component to add to your life from this entire article, let it be that you need to apply sunscreen EVERY day. Rain or shine. Not only should you be applying sunscreen, but if you are going to be in the sun for extended periods of time, opt for a hat or another sun blocking accessory to give your face extra protection. 

2. Vitamin C

Another great addition to your morning routine is Vitamin C. This helps with discoloration, age spots, and more. Be sure to alternate Vitamin C and Retinol in the morning and night. This duo together works wonders. 

4. Moisturizer

Lastly, like always, I will preach on a good moisturizer. This is crucial for oily or dry skin, so there is never an excuse to miss this step! Be sure to check out our guides on moisturizers to find the options that suits you best. 

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