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’m 51 and recovering from a sudden-onset multi-year chronic illness. I had great skin prior to getting sick and now my arms and legs are crepey, reminding me of my grandmother when she was in her 70′s or 80′s. It’s just devastating to look at my arms, especially the inner elbow and up near the armpit. I would LOVE to be a tester for any product that could help. I’m desperate to just look my age and have my skin match the rest of my body (people say I look GREAT for 51) but my crepey skin says otherwise.

  2. I am 65 yr’s old. Recently confined to a wheel chair due to an accident. Stress and hormonal changes have contributed to a loss of elasticity/sagging skin on my face and neck. I would appreciate a product that would bring contour back to my face and neck.

    Thank You

  3. Hi, I am 58 and went through the change 9 years ago. I just noticed that my skin on my arms has the crepe like appearance and it reminds me of my grandmother when she was 82! Help, I am a single active female and this has go to go!

  4. HI,
    My name is Ronda and I’m 52 years old. HELP MY FACE HAS FALLEN AND IT CAN’T GET UP!!CAN YOU HELP ME?

  5. I lost weight suddenly due to a virus and my legs and arms and behind are baggy and crepy. I am exercising but I see minimal skin tightening. What can I do?

  6. All of a sudden at the age of 62 my arms look crepy and my face is sagging! When did this happen and what can I do about it!
    Hopefully I can sample your products.

  7. Help! I live in Henderson, Nevada…the extreme heat and dryness is wrecking havoc on my skin. I am 77 years old and dismayed
    with the facial wrinkling and crepey skin on my neck and arms. I would welcome the opportunith to become a tester.
    Thank you.

  8. I am 56 years old and am starting to have crepy looking skin on my arms and neck. Help! I would love to be a tester! Thanks!

  9. I am 52 years old and my neck looks much older. I would love to sample your products.

  10. I am only 46 and very disheartened. I have always been a reasonably attractive (some even say pretty!) girl/woman, and I guess I still am. However, I went through progesterone therapy that caused me to gain at least 15 pounds. Thankfully, after going off of the progesterone and dieting I have lost a total of 25 pounds. Unfortunately, the result of weight loss, ending the progesterone, and simply aging has caused MUCH loose skin. Crepey, wrinkly, dry,unattractive skin. ALL over. I would absolutely be ecstatic to be a tester for ANY products that might give me some hope! (I live in Phoenix and refuse to wear shorts! :(. It gets HOT) Please consider me!

  11. I am 70 years and have crepey skin on my arms. Would love to become a Perricone tester to see results.

  12. I would be happy to try different products and give my feedback.

  13. I am 51 years old with alot of life on my plate. I have always felt much younger than what I am and people tell me I look younger until about a year ago the skin on my legs started having this creppy look about them. I have spent so much money trying all these different lotions that are supposed to help with that and none of them do. I would so welcome a product that actually works. I would love to be a Perricone tester!!!
    Thank you!!

  14. I am 44 years old! Very fair skin and have suffered with sever eczema my whole life! Now my skin is all crepey!! I eat right take lots of fish oil, use many products containing the above ingredients and still my skin continues to look worse every day! I look 10 years older than I am and do not suffer any sun damage! I would love to try your product! I have tried everything out there so I am the perfect candidate to see if the product works effectively.

  15. I am 63 years old. While trying on evening dressed for a family wedding, I was dismayed to really see my crepey neck line and arms. It seems like overnight I lost ground in the skin care battle. It makes me want to cover it all up, but I fell in love with a beautiful dress. I am very motivated to test your products. Please help me wear my new dress with pride this Summer. Thank you.

  16. I am a pastor and seminary administrator. I am 57 years old and in the past winter have noticed an increase in crepey skin around my cheeks and mouth. I would love to be a tester of your products.

  17. I am 58 and need help with crepey skin, please consider me as a tester!

  18. I am 52 and would love to be a Perricone tester. I was originally dx’d with breast cancer in 2004 and had a relapse last year. I continue to be on chemo and have lost 35 pounds and thankfully now maintaining there. I feel good but my eyes and neck have serious wrinkles from treatment and weightloss. I have lost skin elasticity very quickly. I would like to look healthier and more like my old self!

  19. As a beauty therapist, I have to maintain a healthy looking skin. I am keem to see what Perricone can do to improve my skin and my clients will be the first to notice. I am 47 and would like to sample the Perricone range.

  20. I am 58 and noticed that the skin on my arms has become crepey this year. I exercise regularly and have good muscle tone in my arms but the skin is loose. I would love to be a tester of this product. I am very disciplined in my diet and will use it as directed. Thank you!

  21. I am a anatomy/phys high school teacher. I practice what I preach about nutrition and exercise. I am slim and have always looked young for my age (58). It seems in the last year, my skin has become crepey, and wrinkles above my lip have appeared. I would love to be a tester of your products. I have often looked at them in Sephora.

  22. I would love to become of tester of Perricone. The past two year I have finally gotten into the habit of exercising 4-5 times a week and am finally getting into shape, but my upper arms and legs have developed that creepy skin! I finally look good in a swimsuit but won’t be wearing one because of the creepy skin. Help! I would love to wear a swimsuit, shorts and sleeveless tops again.
    Thank you for your consideration.

  23. I am 61 and have noticed the skin on my arms and legs has lost its elasticity- I would love to be a Perricone tester- for everything!!!

  24. 2011 was a very traumatic year for me. My husband of 45 1/2 years died after a long battle with heart disease on Thanksgiving morning. My 85 year old Mother fell and broke her hip at the beginning of November which I am still taking care of her as she still cannot walk on her own without the assistance of a walker or wheelchair. The stress and sadnesss has really taken a toll on my skin. I have always had very good skin and never looked my age but after these life changing events my skin is now dehydrated, crepey skin on arms and legs and wrinkles developing on my face and neck and around my eyes. I would welcome your help.

  25. I’m 54 and live in VA. Have always worked out and eaten well. My skin started getting crepey in the last year and have yet to find a product to combat the effects of gravity. I would love to be a tester of Perricone products!

  26. [...] to protect cell membrane components from oxidative stress and inflammation. I noticed that I have crepey skin forming under my eye area and it bothers me. Thankfully, Perricone MD has invented the Neuropeptide [...]

  27. I am 41 and wow! I have really started noticing OLD skin. I was a lifeguard for many summers and have many age spots which is especially noticable when I spend any time in the sun. I have acne and breakout with many serums and moisturizers. I have puffy, dry and creepy eyes. I have some fine lines/wrinkles and what I also hate alot is my nasolabial folds – yeck. It makes me look really old. Please help.

  28. I would LOVE to be a Perricone tester! I am 57…getting crepey & wrinkled. I am very observant of a healthy diet/lifestyle…and want to DO EVERYTHING I CAN TO COMBAT UNNECESSARY AGING BECAUSE I FEEL 25 YEARS YOUNGER THAN I AM, HAVE A YOUNG SPIRIT, AND WANT A NATURAL, HEALTHY, ‘AS YOUTHFUL AS POSSIBLE’ LOOK WITHOUT ALL THE ‘FAKE’ ENHANCEMENTS!!!

  29. I am 57 year old, living in South Africa, and would love to test your Perricone products to revive my skin. The sun is very strong here, and although I try to protect my fair skin as much as possible presently, In my youth, we were all sun “worshippers”. I would like to improve the elasticity and appearance of both my facial and neck skin. Please help me with the best products. Thank you!

  30. A few years ago my skin started to become crepey and look like chicken skin. I am lost as to what to do. I have always been active and in good shape. What is happening? I would love to be one of your testers…PLEASE!

  31. I will soon celebrate? my 75th birthday and look 15 years younger everywhere but my arms. I have some upper arm flab that I am working on with a weight regimen but the skin from the elbow to the wrist is an ugly disgusting crepey sight. I use creams and lotions daily but all they do is change the look to a shiny crepe instead of dull. Please help a very vain woman look her very best.

  32. fair ,freckled and irish .. the dreaded crepey neck definitely crept !!up on me.
    An opportunity to use the perricone magic formula to make it diappear ?? .. yes please !I would love to

  33. Just turned 62 and am starting to see some creepy skin on my arms and neck. Would love to test some of your products to see what would work on my type of skin. I have had oily skin all of my life and have no wrinkling at all on my face, so the creepyness elsewhere is making me look a lot older than I feel.

  34. I am 62 years old and have tried many products that promise a remedy for dryness, wrinkles, blotchiness, sagging and I have found none that really produce the results promised. Are you promising better results. I am now using OroGold products. One of THE most expensive lines on the market. I do believe that my skin is worse.
    Being post-menopausal and having never taken HRT is possibly another factor to my skin problems. I am willing to be a test subject if you are interested in honest opinions.

  35. I am 63 years old and have always been concerned with my apperance. I walk…work as a trainer at Curves fitness center…all these enable me to stay healthy and thin..however the one thing that I can not do anything about is the look of my legs.I would love to get rid of the crepey look. Please let me try this product and if it helps I will become the biggest promoter of your product that you have ever had. Thank you for this opportunity!!

  36. I live at the beach and am a strawberry blonde..Unfortunately, when I was younger I damaged my skin badly. I am always skepitcal of beuaty product claims and would love to be proven wrong. i’ll be your guinea pig! I would be ecstatic to improve my skin!

  37. I live in northern canada and would relish the chance to test for you… our skin sure takes a beating here… thx!

  38. I’m 48 but my skin looks like I’m 58! Its all that sun damage, I’m sure. I have a crepey waffly look on my left cheek,(probably the side I usally sleep on) Right cheek not too bad but both my eyelids droop and I have crows feet and fatty deposits on under my eyes. I’ve tried so many products and supplements but nothing seems to diminish my skin problems.

  39. Rally need help with this problem. Hope your product can help. Had beautiful skin till the last 5 years…getting worse all the time

  40. I use some of your products. Have great respect for your work….would like to try something to help creepy skin on cheek.

  41. I am 52 and I try hard to keep my skin well moisterized but it seems my neck upper arms and above my knees are wrinkling bad . Please allow me to test this product .

  42. My son is getting married in September of 2012. I want to look good for him. My mother’s family all had what I call Sister Tresa skin. Just about everyone in the world know who she was. Deep lines, wrinkles and crepey skin. I love my mom but I feel embarrassed because of her skin. I thought I looked pretty good for being 60, but the other day my daughter said to me “Your skin looks like your mothers. Nick’s mom’s skin is smooth without lines or wrinkles she looks to be in her 30′s even though she is close to your age”. Nick is my son-in-law. Now I don’t want to be seen in day light or under overhead lighting because it shows my aging skin. Surgery is too expensive and painful. Thoughts of being in the wedding pictures is horrifying.

  43. My son is getting married in September of 2012. I want to look good for him. My mother’s family all had what I call Sister Tresa skin. Just about everyone in the world know who she was. Deep lines, wrinkles and crepey skin. I love my mom but I feel embarrassed because of her skin. I thought I looked pretty good for being 60, but the other day my daughter said to me “Your skin looks like your mothers. Nick’s mom’s skin is smooth without lines or wrinkles she looks to be in her 30′s even though she is close is to your age”. Nick is my son-in-law. Now I don’t want to be seen in day light or under overhead lighting because it shows my aging skin. Surgery is is too expensive and painful. Thoughts of being in the wedding pictures is horrifying.

  44. I would love to be a tester for crepe skin on my legs. I eat a healthy diet, have lost 20 lbs in the last 9 months and am a very petite 65 yr old women who works out every day. I am in pretty good shape but can not seem to get the skin on my legs to look good. Please help me.

  45. I am not convinced that topical treatments would have a positive effect on my skin, but would appreciate reading about double blind studies on this subject. Sites developed by cosmetic dermatologists do not normally refer to topicals.

    First hand information would be useful.

  46. I am 50 years old and am starting to get crepey skin on my neck and hooded eyes. I have tried several products and would love to try Perricone.

  47. I am 47. My cheeks and jawlines are awfull -crepey skin on my cheeks and deep lines all over the face. Please can you recommend the best treatment. My daugther wedding is on september 01,2012 and I really would like hide my face. My body .neck and everything else is like in 20 -only my face is crepey.
    Please help.

    Thank you so much !!!!!!!!!!!!

  48. i recently had the fat pads under my eyes removed. although i am happier with my appearance overall, the removal of the fat has caused a good deal of “crepey” looking skin under my eye. i hate this problem as i am young looking everywhere else but my eyes give away my age of 45. i would love to become a perricone tester, beginning with under my eyes!

  49. Yes, I would love to become a Perricone tester. I am a recent widow and the sadness is overwhelming. People don’t think I’m as old as I am but my crepey neck is really depressing me. I have a typical redhead skin. Help, Mary Lou Alvadj

  50. I would love to become a Perricone tester! I’m too young to have this one inch wide by three inch long patch of crepey skin down my throat. Never really been a sun worshipper, but never used sunscreen regularly either. I’m 48 and want to look like a good 48!