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By Cynthia Bailey MD.

Dermatologist's tips for crepey skin on the arms, legs, hands and chest.

Why do you get crepey skin?

Crepey skin happens due to skin thinning from sun damage and age. Excessive skin dryness and scale will cause crepey skin too. You may see it show up first on your arms and chest. With age, all of your skin is at risk for thinning, dryness and crepey skin.

What does crepey skin mean?

Skin texture that is thin, wrinkled, crinkled, dull and even scaly is described as crepey. 

What is the best treatment for crepey skin on the arms, hands, legs and chest?

In my dermatology practice, I recommend exfoliation and glycolic acid moisturizers. Glycolic acid helps to stimulate collagen renewal and also the production of hyaluronic acid within the deeper layers of your skin. This helps to plump crepey skin. Glycolic acid will also brighten, polish and hydrate your skin so that it is no longer dull and crinkled.

Moisturize your skin after every time you bathe to help lock in skin moisture to plump crepey skin.

Don't forget that you must use good sun protection for crepey skin since UV rays cause many of the conditions that lead to crepey skin such as skin thinning.

On your chest and hands, the skin is thin enough to absorb additional ingredients such as Retinol and Vitamin C, both of which help stimulate collagen renewal.

Remember, you always get the best results to treat crepey skin with Complete Skin Care. Dr. Bailey's Complete Skin Care includes the 4 essential skin care steps of,

  1. Cleanse
  2. Correct
  3. Hydrate
  4. Protect.

Build your complete skin care routine to target creping anywhere on your arms, legs, hands, neck and trunk using this 4-step process.

Dermatologist's 4 Step Treatment for Crepey Skin

  1. CLEANSE using only non-drying soaps and skin cleansers. Exfoliate when you cleanse to begin the CORRECT step. Use an exfoliating shower cloth such as the Salux Cloth, or a shower mitt or sponge and an exfoliating cleanser such as my Triple Action Exfoliating Cleanser.
  2. CORRECT the appearance of crepey skin using glycolic acid, which will restructure the outer dead skin to give it more luster. Strong glycolic acid also will help to promote more natural skin production of hyaluronic acid in the dermis to plump crepey skin. Use my Glycolic Acid Body Lotion at least twice a week. Apply it within the magic 3 minutes after toweling skin dry following your bath or shower. Add physical exfoliation with the Salux Cloth to help remove dry scale that makes crepey skin look worse. Get my Triple Action Exfoliating Cleanser, a Salux Shower Cloth and my Glycolic Acid Body Lotion in my Ultra-Fast Body Smoothing Triple Action Kit. On delicate chest, neck and hand skin, you can also see results by adding a retinoid product like my Retinol Night Cream  or my Vitamin C Serum.  Use the Vitamin C during the day under your sunscreen or clothing. Use the Retinol at night. You can top it with my Glycolic Acid Lotion. 
  3. HYDRATE with hypoallergenic moisturizing creams and lotions matched for your skin type and the body area you are treating. Excellent options include my hypoallergenic Natural Lotion  and Natural Butter, both are made with organic botanical oils rich in vitamins, antioxidants and hydrating natural ingredients. Alternate these with the Glycolic Acid Body Lotion. The delicate skin on the neck and chest may even benefit from some of the deeply hydrating facial products including my Instantly Luminous Multi-Action Serum, Green Tea Antioxidant Skin Therapy  and Naturally Hydrating Pore-Minimizing Toner. These products contain glycerin, hyaluronic acid and some contain other ingredients such as sodium PCA to deeply hydrate and plump crepey skin. This provides you with additional CORRECT benefits to your HYDRATE step. I use these products on my own neck and chest.
  4. PROTECT creping skin from the sun to prevent further skin thinning, and to help your skin reverse what has occurred. Don’t underestimate the importance of sun protection as a cause of your skin creping, because we know that most skin thinning happens due to sun damage -- not the aging of your skin. Use UPF 50 clothing or one of my broad spectrum, hypoallergenic SPF 30+ zinc oxide sunscreens below every day on all exposed skin.

Find my products below to build your complete skin care routine to treat crepey skin anywhere on your body, whether your arms, chest and neck, the back of your hands, or your legs. These are patient-proven, dermatologist-approved products that work beautifully to fix crepey skin.