Combating Crepey Skin


While fruit-filled crepes may be delicious-looking, crepey skin is not.

Crepey, or waffley skin is loose wrinkled skin characterized by skin surface sagging reminiscent of thin pancake-like crepes.

This article will discuss:


The Causes and Effects of Crepey Skin

Crepey skin is caused by a variety of factors that include:

  • Gravity
  • Decrease in the production of collagen and elastin molecules
  • Sun damage
  • Environmental factors
  • Smoking
  • Rapid and extreme weight loss
  • Dehydration in the skin




The undesirable effects of crepey skin include:

  • Sagging skin
  • Deep lines and wrinkles
  • Loose folds of skin
  • Crinkly texture to the skin
  • Lack of radiance

Crepey skin symptoms can be found in the face, around the eyes, and on the neck.


Solutions for Crepey Skin

Despite the fact that many of the causes of crepey skin can’t be avoided, their effects can be remedied. Dr. Perricone offers several products that can help your skin regain firmness and improve its texture.

Some of the topical treatments offered by Dr. Perricone that address crepey skin symptoms include:

  • Neuropeptide Facial Conformer
  • High Potency Eye Lift
  • Firming Neck Therapy
  • Cold Plasma

These treatments work to combat the appearance of crepiness in the skin.

Neuropeptide Facial Conformer

This topical cream rehydrates and re-energizes your skin through the power of neuropeptides. It helps to smooth out the lines and wrinkles associated with crepey skin as well as increase skin firmness.

High Potency Eye Lift

The crepey skin around the eye can be lessened with this intensive eye lift cream. It lifts the skin around the eyes to minimize wrinkles and puffiness. The High Potency Eye Lift utilizes Pycnogenol to help renew collagen and elasticity to tighten and tone skin around the eye which can reverse the effects of crepey skin.

Firming Neck Therapy

The presence of crepey on the neck can be reduced through the Palmitoyl Carnosine, Phospholipids, and Tocotrienols found in the Firming Neck Therapy cream. This formula helps to tone, tighten, and improve elasticity. It also can smooth the neck creases characteristic of crepey skin.

Cold Plasma
Cold Plasma is a universal skin care product that uses a biochemical individual system that acts on your individual needs. It provides nutrients to your skin cells and combats signs of aging including fine lines and wrinkles, firmness and elasticity.

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  1. I have read your articles about crepey skin on face and neck, but there is no mention of upper arms. This is the only place I have it and I don’t know why. What would be the best solutions to combat the crepey skin in this area?

  2. [...] The result?  Dreaded crepey skin! [...]

  3. Dr. Perricone,
    I recently purchased your cold plasma and high potency face lift through an infomercial. I was wondering if you have any recommendations/products/solutions for crepey skin on the arms. I am in my mid 50′s with a lot of sun damaged skin from my past.
    Please respond. Thanks.

  4. I am 66 and have told I look much younger but when I look at my arms and hands, they look like 86! I’ve had a skin condition, DSAP, which occurs due to sun damage. I never had a problem before age 58 or so but was on medications which destroyed my immune system and suddenly I began getting spots on my arms & legs. These have scared my skin. I desperately need something for my arms & legs but would like to try before buying to make sure it will work. I’ve often had allergic reactions to creams. Would appreciate a sample of your product.

  5. Unlike your analysis/solutions listed in your article, my crepey skin condition is actually present on my stomach area and front inner thighs and not anywhere on my face or neck. I’m 64 years old, a life-long runner, and am in excellent physical condition (muscle tone, body fat and weight) and as you might suspect am quite upset that I would have crepey skin given my physical condition. Since this is in a broad area, as opposed to the eyes and neck, I would need a cream that comes in a larger package and addresses the areas described. Please advise…

  6. I want to find a product that will soften crepiness under the eyes.

  7. do any of your products contain estrogen or any ingredients that would pose a risk for breast cancer survivors?

  8. I was dx with breast cancer in Jan 2012. After surgery,I received chemo and radiation.I was then put on anastrozole.My skin is becoming extremely crepey especially under my eyes.I have had extremely dry skin since I was a child. I would appreciate it if you could recommend anything that would truly help the under eye crepiness. Thank you

  9. please i need HELP……….my legs are crepey as well as my hands ans eyes..i would like to sample and try your products…

  10. have crepey under eyelids. Please help. I feel this is a combination of high stress and sun damage. Is there a product that can really help?

  11. I have crepey skin all over. I’m 49 and look 60! Please help!!!!

  12. my skin is very crepy and would like to test your products

  13. I am just 42 years old, and my skin has totally changed this past year. I have been on lots of medications and under stress, and have lost a good bit of weight, but almost wish it back because I hate being all wrinkly like this!

  14. I am 46, Asian and have always always had great skin until the past 2 years. I was ok with fine wrinkles since it’s a part of the aging process but all of a sudden it seemed that my skin just gave up. Now my eyelids, undereye area, cheeks, and neck have gotten crepey. I feel like an old deflated balloon. I have been sampling various moisturizers and foundations that would minimize the crepiness with no luck. I told my husband today that I am seriously considering surgery as it really hits hard on the self-esteem.

  15. I am 85 years old and everyone saya that I look like 70 or so..My arms are crepey and need help

  16. chest and upper eyelid crepey skin is the main concern, not too bad at the moment but don’t want it to get worse!

  17. interested in crepy skin and loose eye lids

  18. Eye area and enlarged pores are a concern

  19. i have never used dr.perricone would be happy to try it in this manner.

    suddenly am getting old…and its showing mostly above my lip and around my eyes and my hands!

    Thank You

  20. I am 58 yrs old, had a hysterectomy 7 yrs. ago, and always enjoyed my tan. I presently live in So. Fl. and my arms and thighs look like I’m 80. Combo of what looks like muscle loss, crepe paper look and lumps that look like cellulite. Certainly not a body to display in So. Fl without getting looked at in a negative way.

  21. i am 56 and have creppiness on my arms…my husband passed away last year and fear grief may be part of the cause…i now have a new love interest and feel i need to cover up my body! help!!!

  22. I have suddenly, it seems like overnight, developed crepay skin on my arms and have tried several creams, but no help so far. I must do something and don’t know what else to try. I’m hoping you can help.

  23. creapy hands

  24. Lost substantial amount of weight recently and just noticed that my upper arms and thighs have very noticeable crepey skin appearance. Can you recommend one of your products to help with this problem. It seems like this happened overnight and I continue to look (especially my upper arms) and can’t believe the change. Thank you

  25. I am 61yrs old with a fairly good skin for my age (I have been told) but crepy skin around my eyes really lets me down and is an almost worry as I have always been told that my eyes are my best feature. I don’t feel old enough to “give in” to old age yet. Please help if you can.

  26. Dr. Perricone;
    I am extremely depressed over recent changes in my body. I lost weight several years ago through working out and have always been a sun worshipper in my younger years. Until three years ago everyone thought (my DR. included) that I looked like I was 15 years younger than my actual age. Now as I approach my 60th Birthday in one month…..,I suddenly have developed crepey skin on my inside upper arms and the tops of my thighs. I love the outdoors and my husband is looking forward to an active retirement in a sunny location. Will I suddenly be the the old lady covered head to toe in clothing as we hike, bike and enjoy the outdoors? HELP! I eat right, exercise, sleep and drink tons of water. I have been on replacement hormones and thyroid medicine for past year through a specialist. I’m losing this battle…….
    I hope you”ll consider me for your test group.
    Jennifer:)

  27. I need a product for my crepy legs Thanks Dawn

  28. I have tried many products to repair this one side of my cheek which is on the left side all the help that you could give would be greatly appreciated.Especially since I have tried so many products yes it would soften my face and supple but nothing permant or it platoed out. Barbara Stephens

  29. 61 year old face – HELP!

  30. I have just noticed the crepe look on my arms and neck and I hope I can find something to change the look! I am really sad about this!

  31. I have very wrinkly eyelids but otherwise my skin looks great. I need help. My skin tone is excellent on my face and all other areas of my body. I’d be a perfect candidate for the eyelids.

    Thank you.

  32. As a sun worshiper in my teens to late 40′s in Las Vegas & SO CA,I am now experiencing the consequences of brown spots & creppey arms & legs :(
    Is it possible to build muscle tone at 67 in arms to help with appreasance of the creppiness or is surgery the only real alternitive? I am prisoner to not wearing, bathing suit, sleeveless & now? no shorts due to brown spots everywhere & they keep multiplying! I would be very interested in being a tester…I’ve been told I look very young for 67 (my face & body with clothes on)my hands are now becoming victimized :( HELP!

  33. I have crepey skin on my arms and legs and hate to show my legs in public.

  34. I am 48 years old , I drink at least 12 glasses of water per day. I am 5’9 155lb, i noticed that my legs are getting wrinkled, specially by my tights its sad, the sking on my knees are saging and folding. I eat well, i am active. I need help

  35. I’m turning 66 and have crepey skin on my hands,neck and arms. HELP!!! This is driving me crazy!

  36. Quickly lost weight, now arms & legs have loose wrinkly skin.

  37. I had a total hysterectomy 15 years ago and although I have been on a estrogen patch since then I have had eceleration of aging skin crepey sagging loss of moisture etc. I also was a sun child And as an adult but realized in my late 20′s I needed to make sure my face wasn’t exposed to the sun but still on ocassions got burnt so I do have sun damage. I would be very interested in trying these products before I jumped I to other
    Measures Thank you

  38. I am 58 years old and have crepey skin on my innter thighs and upper arms. Due to a motorcycle accident which I broke my back and pelvis, plus have had 3 disks fused in my neck I am not able to do alot of excersies that would help tighten up the skin . I would like to be a tester for your product for this. I don’t want to look so old.

  39. I AM 66 AND HAVE LOST WEIGHT. NOW MY UPPERS ARMS ARE SAGGY AND LOOSE..HELP PLEASE

  40. i have crepey skin on my legs and my arms…fortunately, my face and neck are still without…what can you recommend for these areas? i’m 54, and work out daily, however, i was a sun worshipper for many years when i was in my teens and 20′s…thanks for any help you can give…

  41. Help! I am 59 and suddenly woke up one day, looked in the mirror and and didn’t recognize the person looking back at me! She had these crepey upper arms where she before had toned muscular arms that people used to compliment her on! Where did those wrinkles come from? Now I can’t wear sleeveless tops and resort to 3/4 length sleeves to cover up my still-toned arms that have crepey skin! Is there any product you’ve developed that can help with this?

  42. I AM 67 AND MY SKIN ON MY FOREARMS ARE BEGINNING TO HAVE A RIGID PATTERN AND FEELS AS IF IT IS DEHYDRATED I SAW A DERMATOLOGIST AND WAS TOLD THERE WAS NOTHING THAT COULD BE DONE I CANNOT BELIEVE IN TODAYS WORLD OF TRCHNOLOGY THAT THIS CAN BE TRUE

  43. i am 67 and am beginning to have patterns on my forearms almost as if my skin is dehydrated i saw a dermatologist and he said nothing can be done i can’t believe this can be true

  44. I am 56 yrs old and have been going thru menopquse as well as other health issues. I have notice the past few years that my neck, arms and thighs have lost their tone and look aweful, I’m so embarrassed to wear shorts or go sleeveless. I can’t take any supplements for menopause and really feel that that has a lot to do with the problem. Is there anything that I can do to combat and maybe reverse some of the damage? please help

  45. I was a young and stupid sun worshiper in my teens and early twenties. Turns out I have a mild case of Seasonal Affective Disorder, thus my need for SUNSHINE! I’m now 46 and am newly experiencing the crepey face, neck and hands. Boo hoo…I need your help fast!

  46. Dear Dr. I have recently noticed a crepey texture to my inner arms. I am 55 yrs old and have been thru menopause. I would really like to address this problem, please help! I am not overweight or a smoker; however have spent time in the wonderful sunshine here in Florida and never used a sunscreen in that area. Please I would welcome becoming a tester.

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