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What Causes Crepey Skin And How To Treat It

Feeling down looking at your flaccid and puckered skin wondering where did it come from? We’ve been there. But there’s good news: it can be treated and prevented to a certain degree.

What causes crepey skin

  • Sun exposure
  • Smoking
  • Alcohol
  • Hormones
  • Lack of exercise

Excessive sun exposure, smoking, and alcohol are well-known culprits that damage our skin changing it from plump and supple to creasing, wrinkly, and crepey.

As we get old, the collagen in our body is depleted and our skin loses elasticity and becomes more fragile and paper-like. Thus, the name, crepey. However, the speed at which we lose the collagen varies depending on many factors such as lifestyle (smoking, alcohol, sun exposure), skin type, and nutrition.

Why hormones as well? Because of the lower estrogen levels that occur during and past menopause causing the skin to become drier. Studies are documenting that.

How to prevent crepey skin

If you are concerned that your skin might get crepey and want to prevent it, here is a list of what helps skin stay taut and supple as much as possible preventing crepey skin from occurring.


  • Protect Your Skin From UV Damage

Talking about aging, sun rays are the worst culprit that causes the biggest damage. There is even a term for it: photoaging. It is well documented so there’s no doubt about it.

What we can do, knowing this fact, is to protect our skin with sunscreen. SPF ranging between 30 to 50, depending on where you live and how many hours of the day you are exposed to sun, should do. I use SPF 50 on my face and decollete because I walk with my dog every morning for about one hour. There are way too many sun protection creams and lotions and if you are looking for a natural one, read this article Best natural sunscreen for the face.

  • Do not smoke / Stop smoking

Smoking causes the same damage as unprotected sun exposure, if not worse. I’ve noticed that at a certain age, probably sometime between 50 and 60, faces of women who are life-long smokers turn to wrinkled and withered apples. For some reason, smoking doesn’t affect men the same way. So if you are serious in the fight with crepey skin and wrinkles, smoking is a no-no.

  • Eat foods that boost collagen production

Berries, kiwis, almonds, dark green vegetables (spinach, kale, green beans, broccoli), avocados, carrots, tomatoes, pumpkin seeds, oysters, and garlic support collagen production.

  • Consume collagen supplements

Due to the fact we lose collagen with every year of our life as we age, we need to replenish collagen from the outside. Fruits and vegetables are great but not sufficient if you are really determined to keep your plump and youthful skin.

There are hundreds of collagen powders, tablets, or shots on the market. If you are not sure which one to choose, here is my list of the Best collagen peptides for beautiful skin and hair.

  • Eat antioxidants especially vitamin C

If you are unable to consume a lot of fruits and vegetables for any reason (my mom, for instance, can’t eat much fiber because of her weak stomach), a vitamin C supplement added to your diet is highly recommended. To get your daily supply of vitamin E, consume almonds, nuts, and seeds frequently.

  • Moisturize your skin

When you have enough hydration in your skin, it looks great. That’s why you need to be always taking care of your skin with good moisturizing skincare.

  • Drink enough water

Same as from the outside, moisture from the inside is a must. You need to supply your body with water; however, it doesn’t have to be pure water. Smoothies, protein shakes, fruits that contain a lot of water by nature, that all counts and helps your skin keep the supple look.

  • Fix your digestion

You might be consuming enough collagen in your diet, but if you don’t have enough stomach acids, you might not be able to digest the collagen. In the video below, Dr. Berg explains about sagging skin, collagen, and digestion.

Best Remedies For Crepey Skin


  • Enough hours of sleep

Sleep is essential if you want to look healthy, youthful, and relaxed (and happy, of course). Nothing can beat a good night’s sleep, no matter how hard you try. Sleep deprivation induces oxidative stress which makes the body vulnerable to oxidative damage. If you want to increase the regenerating effects of sleep, apply some anti-aging serum on your face before going to bed.

  • Facial peeling

Facial peeling removes the dead skin cells and enables your complexion to shine and look healthy. It is good to go for a non-aggressive fruit peeling. My latest discovery is this Aloe and Tea Tree Oil peeling. You can read about the ingredients as well as reviews on Amazon. It’s very gentle and contains natural ingredients.

  • Moisturizing skincare

One of the best moisturizers is jojoba oil, one of my all times favorites. It looks so common, yet it is so efficient. Just two drops on your freshly washed face and you are sorted.

  • Retinol (especially under eyes)

A retinol serum or under-eye patches help a great deal. Retinol is proven to have amazing effects on anti-aging.

  • Collagen consumption

As I mentioned above, crepey skin is mainly caused by the decrease of collagen and elastin due to the aging process. Thus, it makes sense to supply the depleted collagen in form of supplements. You can also eat bone broth to get some collagen from food.

  • Microneedling

Microneedling works well too, the problem is though that the skin under eyes is so thin and gentle that I wouldn’t advise you to use a derma roller there. It could cause more harm than benefit.

However, if you have crepey skin on your cheeks and jaws, microneedling could help you a great deal. A serum after that is recommended as it penetrates deep and increases the effect.

  • Serum with vitamin C

Whether you decide to do microneedling or not, you can’t go wrong with a vitamin C serum. This antioxidant, together with vitamin A (retinol) and vitamin E has been used in anti-aging for ages. Same as from the inside being consumed in fruits, it works well from the outside and supports the effects of collagen intake.

  • Serum with hyaluronic acid

Hyaluronic acid is well-known for its effects of hydrating alleviating dry skin and reducing the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. Extending your skincare routine with this potent ingredient in a hyaluronic acid serum will definitely make your crepey skin better.


  • Body peeling

Just like the face, our body needs to be stripped off the dead skin cells with an abrasive product – body peeling. There are many body peeling products. I love the smell of chocolate or coffee in body products and that’s why I use body scrubs like this one: Coffee Body Scrub with dead sea salt and organic oils.

  • Moisturizing and nourishing skincare

I have to admit I do not pamper the skin on my body as I do on my face. If I buy a body lotion or cream, it lasts me forever. However, I’ve been using just a few drops of oil after a shower and it works very well. Jojoba oil or hemp seed oil works perfectly.

  • Exercise

If you have crepey skin on your arms or legs, what really helps most is a workout. Have a look at people with pronounced muscles, for instance, bodybuilders. They don’t have any crepey skin on their bodies because the muscles hold the skin tight on top of them so it can’t crease. So if you want to get rid of crepey skin on your thighs, squats are a great exercise for that.

  • Collagen consumption

Collagen consumption does not only affect your facial skin; if you consume collagen supplements, you will see improved skin on all of your body. Besides, your hair, nails, and bones will thank you for that as well.

Practicing the tips recommended above, you can alleviate the effects of collagen depletion, replenish part of it and prevent further damage and more crepey-like skin from occurring.





20 thoughts on “What Causes Crepey Skin And How To Treat It

  1. What an interesting article and some good tips in getting better skin as we age, shall definitely follow your advice, to keep my skin looking younger, especially more vitamin C, I do eat a lot of leafy greens and drink a lot of water, how much vitamin C should we have in our diets per day? As an ex smoker, I know if you are a smoker you need to consume more vitamin c in your diet, as smoking kills the vitamin c, is that right?

    1. Absolutely right, Tina, studies show that smokers have lower plasma and leukocyte vitamin C levels than nonsmokers, due in part to increased oxidative stress. 
      The recommended daily amount for vitamin C is 65 to 90 mg a day, and the upper limit is 2,000 mg a day (for adults). We rarely have enough vitamin C in our diet nowadays so I’d say it’s good to go for a supplement and take it on a daily basis.

  2. This is truly a great article on what you need for beauty.  The thorough explanations of what causes crepey skin and how to prevent crepey skin are very educational.  As a senior citizen, I am constantly searching for information and products that I can use to maintain a youthful appearance.  I have used some products in the past, but I was not sure if I was really getting what I needed.  This site will certainly be my go-to for information and products on anti-aging tips for my skin, hair, and overall health.  Thank you.

    1. Thank you for your kind words, Patricia. I like sharing my findings and experience with everyone who is interested in health and anti-aging tips.

  3. Hello Lenka Sophie – This is a great article with some excellent tips on skincare. Most of us fail to realize that the skin is an organ and needs as much care as our other organs. This article is further proof of how important our diet is. We are what we eat, and that applies from the inside to the outside! Healthy skin is essential!

    1. So true, Nathaniel. Skin is a big part of our body and we should really start taking care of it when we are young. It pays off.

  4. My skin is just like this and I have not been able to treat it until now but now that I have read this, I think that it would be a very good thing to try your advice. I must tell you that it is good to know all about what causes the skin to look like this. I believe that drinking good water and taking in good vitamins is one of the most important things to do to treat this issue.

    1. You are right Ray, drinking good water and eating as healthy as possible with some additional supplements makes wonders, I can confirm that. A good sunscreen is also very important because photo aging is one of the biggest factors of losing collagen and elastin which makes the skin sagging, looking crepey and old.

  5. Individuals mostly working in smoking area bars, casinos should really get hold of these tips as they are highly exposed to smoke and peeps who like getting vitamin d from the sun without applying a protective lotion or are not supplementing with anything containing collagen. Can following a high collagen diet from an early age help an individual slow his/her aging when it’s time? Aging is one of the less touched on topics and this article has a lot of surprising and valuable information.

    1. I do believe that supplementing our body with additional collagen helps to slow down aging i.e. the skin looking younger. Our body produces less and less collagen as we get older and it starts around 25 years of age. So everything what we do from that age on counts. If one smokes or not, is exposed to sun or protected, consumes healthy diet and takes supplements with nutrients that are not sufficiently contained in food such as omega-3 fatty acids, collagen, vitamin E, all B vitamins etc. or doesn’t do that and just eats fast food, all that is very much reflected on skin, hair, and overall look. 
      When you look at Jeniffer Lopez, Kylie Minogue or Jeniffer Aniston, to name just a few, they are great examples of how healthy diet and moderate exercies/yoga contributes to youthful appearance.

  6. Hi Lenka Sophie, 

    Great article here on skincare. 

    Love your collagen and serum with vitamin C remedies, especially collagen. I did not really know that collagen consumption does not only affect your facial skin but if you consume collagen supplements, you will see improved skin on all of your body and in addition, your hair, nails, and bones will get nourished and look better. That is a great piece of information. I wonder what products have collagen? I would prefer natural products to taking tablets or supplements of any sort. Your website will certainly be my destination for information and products on anti-aging tips for my skin, hair, and overall health.

    Good read. Thanks.


    1. That’s nice to hear, Aparna. Yes, collagen is essential for everyone who is concerned about their look. As to the foods containing collagen, it is mainly bone broth. Other good foods that improve skin elasticity are fish, chicken, egg whites, leafy greens, berries, bell peppers, tomatoes avocados, cashews (and other nuts), chia seeds and some herbs. 
      However, one of the most important factors is limiting sugar consumption as much as possible.
      I also take hydrolyzed collagen supplements because I reached the age when food, in my opinion, is not sufficient to replenish the ever-decreasing collagen produced by the body. 

  7. Having skin wrinkles or rough /dry without being able to find a solution for it can be really devastating and heartbreaking as it makes your skin look haggard but thanks to your article I have learnt what causes crepey skin and how to treat it which I’m sure will be helpful to others just as it was to me. I’m gonna follow your advice and I’ll let you know what results I get. 

    1. Glad I could help. It really can be hard to watch our skin getting wrinkly and sagging, but when you know what to do, it can get better.

  8. I always forget how important it is to protect my skin from the sun.  My skin does not burn but tans really well.  My father is the same way and used to live by a beach as a teenager.  He would spend a lot of time on the beach without a shirt and no sunscreen and has dealt with some skin cancer on his back.  He is in his 50’s so all this time later he is dealing with the consequences of sun damage to his skin.  Great article!

  9. Hello Lenka Sophie! This is a very beautiful article seeing as its something almost everyone can relate to. Most people have forgotten that our diet affects our skin too so they do not pay close attention to their diet. This article further proves the proverb “We are what we eat” from within to inside. I’ll be sure to share this article with family and friends so they all get to see the beauty of paying attention to our diet. Thank you very much.

  10. Hello Lenka, I must say that this article is very helpful and informative. I can say for myself that I don’t drink water, only juices so it might be a reason that my skin is in a bad state. You have given some very useful tips, I will definitely try to follow some of them!

  11. Wow, thanks for sharing this article it felt like it was just for me because I have crepey skin and it’s always very disturbing to me every time I notice it and I always wonder what the cause is, thank you for sharing this because I found it really enlightening and educative as well because I know now what to do to improve the look of my skin. I’m going to share this information with my family and friends. 

  12. I quit smoking three and a half years ago! SO PROUD!  

    Thanks for this article, it is a good reminder of some things I have been starting for a long time (like exercise) 
    And this list is SAVED thank you!!! 

    Berries, kiwis, almonds, dark green vegetables (spinach, kale, green beans, broccoli), avocados, carrots, tomatoes, pumpkin seeds, oysters, and garlic support collagen production.

    1. They really do! 
      Kudos to you for quitting smoking, it needs the big first step, and then to persevere. I admire everyone who’s managed.
      With your attitude, you will look like a 20-year-old girl when you are 70! We can do so much for our health and look, I wish everyone knew that! 

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