Crepe paper is a necessity for that birthday party or other social gathering. Its wrinkled, thin appearance is something of a novelty when this paper is used for decoration. However, the crepey appearance that can occur on the skin is not novel whatsoever. It’s frustrating. Historically, crepey skin has been a challenge. Plastic surgery could improve the problem but not prevent a recurrence. Today, we have much more knowledge about what causes the problem. More importantly, we have more tools to help slow the thinning of the skin and also to correct crepey skin. In many cases, we can do this without plastic surgery.
Why We Get Crepey Skin
We often think of collagen as the protein for the skin (and hair and nails). However, that is just one of several. Collagen is the protein that supports suppleness and firmness. The skin also has to have some give to it; some stretch. This is sustained with elastin, which is also produced in the dermis. Finally, the skin is plumped with water molecules. These are naturally held in place with hyaluronic acid (the ingredient in many dermal fillers). All of these substances are depleted with age; not only because of age but as a result of sun exposure, nutrition, dehydration, and other factors.
Preventing and Treating Crepey Skin
It isn’t enough to wait for the skin to become crepey then treat it. We suggest implementing various strategies that will prevent the accelerated loss of collagen, elastin, and hyaluronic acid. Then, as needed, treatments can be performed to enhance the production of these chemicals. Prevention is as simple as good sun protection every day, even when it’s cloudy. Additionally, it is necessary to identify which products your skin needs. Professional and chemical-grade products affect cellular behavior and are more powerful than what you will find at the store. However, any serum and moisturizer are better than nothing. When you can, consult with a professional about your skincare needs.
If you are already noticing changes in the firmness and elasticity of your skin, contact our Cincinnati office. Skin tightening can be achieved nonsurgically in many cases. We are pleased to offer Plasma Pen treatments to rejuvenate areas in which the skin has become thin and loose. Additional options for supporting firm, resilient skin include microneedling, chemical peels, and laser treatments.
We can help you address crepey skin. Call 513.985.0850 to schedule your visit with Dr. Krummen.