Crepey skin is often called “elephant skin” because of the different appearance and texture. Everyone has a few patches of crepey skin on their body, especially around their knees and elbows. However, crepey skin is something that can easily be treated and prevented from occurring in the future. And most importantly, crepey skin can be reduced through some easy remedies that do not require harsh injections or surgical procedures to eliminate them.
What Exactly in Crepey Skin
In order to be able to treat something, it is important to first know clearly what it is. Crepey skin is basically skin that has less elastin and collagen than other areas of your skin. These are both essential for letting your skin stretch as your body move. This is why it is known to form in areas on your knees and elbows.
As a person ages, the amount of elastin and collagen in a person’s skin significantly drops. The result is the skin starts to wrinkle more and may sag in some spots. This process is not something that occurs overnight, but instead progresses over time. As a result, using methods to prevent crepey skin before it actually even sets in is much easier than trying to treat it after it has already happened.
Where Does Crepey Skin Appear
We have already determined that people get crepey skin around their knees and elbows. This is because the skin there is frequently being bent and stretched as you move your arms and legs.
Still, there are other areas where a person is more prone to developing crepey skin. This can include the area around your neck and shoulders, areas around your joints, and around the eyes and mouth. However, any area of your skin can be susceptible to developing crepey skin.
So It Is Just Wrinkly Skin Then
Kind of, but not exactly. A wrinkle forms in the skin as a result of the same motion over and over in the same area. Crepey skin though is a result of the skin thinning in the area making it more difficult for the skin to return to its normal state when it is pulled and stretched.
One way crepey skin can be described as is similar to the differences between a new and an old rubber band. The new rubber band is still very stretchy and bounces back when it is pulled. The older rubber band though begins to become less stretchy, can become brittle, dry out, and may get stretched out or not bounce back as easily as it once did.
Both wrinkles and crepey skin are a result of repeated movement, but one is a permanent mark left in the skin and the other is the skin’s ability to be less able to bounce back from movement.
Excessive Changes in Weight
If you have had periods of fluctuation in your weight, especially when these changes occur quickly over a short period of time, you are more likely to have crepey skin. As your weight increases, your skin is pulled tighter over your body. As your skin ages, it is not as able to bounce back from this stretching.
As a result, you might begin to see your skin is not able to maintain its shape and be as pliable in certain areas, like your knees and elbows. If you then go through a period of weight loss, as you age throughout your life, your skin will be even less likely to be able to bounce back from being stretched.
Remember the rubber band mentioned earlier. If you stretch it out as far as it goes and it stays there for a long enough period of time, it does not return back to the same shape as easily. Your skin acts the same way when you have a large increase in your weight and the skin is stretched over your body. While it will not entirely solve the problem, one thing you can do to try and reduce the amount of loose and saggy skin is to try to maintain a healthy weight.
If this means reducing your current weight, aim for losing no more than a pound or two a week. While this may be a slower pace of weight loss than you want, it will allow your skin a little more time to repair itself and reduce the amount of saggy skin you see.
As a person ages, the amount of sun damage they have experienced over their life can also have a direct impact on their skin’s crepey skin. This is because the exposure to ultraviolet rays causes the collagen in your skin to not be as flexible. These same UV rays are also responsible for the majority of skin aging experienced by people.
The most important thing is to prevent damage from UV rays. This means using SPF regularly, and reapplying it when you are going to be outside for longer periods of times. Also try to minimize the amount of time your spend outside in the sun when possible, or seek out shade and ways to avoid UV exposure.
If you are a person who likes to have a suntan, you might want to think about the after effects from sun exposure or exposure to tanning beds. Instead, consider looking for a high quality self-tanner or a spray tan to give the same look without the damaging UV rays.
Smoking Damages Your Skin
Most people know that smoking can cause health issues, like lung cancer or emphysema. But they may not realize that smoking can also help to speed up the aging process in your skin, which can intensify the presence of crepey skin. This is because a great deal of the chemicals found in smoke are known to damage the elastin and collagen in your body’s skin.
As a result, your skin’s elasticity and strength is no longer what it should be. The best way to prevent this from happening is to stop smoking and reduce your exposure to secondhand smoke.
Watch Your Diet
The collagen and elastin in your skin can be negatively impacted by eating a diet high in sugar. Sugar bonds with these molecules in your skin, causing it to become more rigid and not as elastic. As a result, skin becomes weaker, less pliable, and may experience color changes.
Skin then is more susceptible to wrinkling and sagging, and more crepey skin may appear. To avoid this, limit the amount of sugar, including natural and artificial sugars in your diet. This helps to prevent this bonding process from happening, and can reduce the likelihood of developing crepey skin as you age.
Reversing Crepey Skin
There are a number of different anti-aging creams available on the market today which can help with treating crepey skin. One of the most important thing these creams do is they keep the skin well moisturized. This helps to prevent future crepey skin from forming. There are a large number of different ingredients in these creams which can help to heal the skin.
Some of the most helpful ingredients in preventing and treating crepey skin include; coconut oil, aloe, shea butter, Vitamin C, and Vitamin E. look for creams that have at least a couple of these ingredients in them. Another solution for treating crepey skin is to use skin patches. These patches are designed for the face and neck area. You begin by exfoliating the skin, then apply the pad to your skin. After removing the pad, you then apply a healing lotion to the skin to see maximum results.
There are a couple of medical interventions that can be tried to address the issue of crepey skin. However, they are considered purely cosmetic and come at a price. The first of these options is to look into collagen injections. These injections are good at being able to treat a number of skin problems, including wrinkles and crepey skin. They help to fill in areas of the skin that are affected and make it appear smoother.
However, each injection is only a temporary solution and can be extremely expensive, making it not an option for many people. The second option is to consult with a plastic surgeon. There are surgical procedures which can help to reduce the appearance of wrinkles; however, they can only treat the wrinkles and crepey skin that are currently there and as you continue to age you will likely see more wrinkles and crepey skin appearing.
This is also the most expensive treatment option for addressing aging skin and has the longest recovery time after the procedure is completed.
The process of aging is something that none of us can avoid. Some people are naturally more susceptible to wrinkles and crepey skin than others. But now that you know what causes crepey skin, how to avoid further crepey skin from developing, and how to treat it when it does appear, you can take action to help improve your appearance so you can age beautifully.