For Crepey Skin, Prevention Is Key

crepey_armsWhen it comes to correcting the appearance of crepey skin, the foundations of healthy skin must be understood, practiced, and enhanced.  Last Tuesday’s blog post about crepey skin outlined the causes of this skin problem.

Today’s blog post will primarily specify how to preserve the healthy aspects of the look and feel of your skin.  There are four simple rules to achieve that effect, and to keep crepey skin away for good.

Rule #1- Moisturize Inside & Outside Regularly

drink_waterThe state of your skin’s hydration is critically important for the maintenance of healthy-appearing skin.  You must drink enough water to hydrate your skin internally.

If your internal organs, which are your body’s highest priority, do not have enough water to function, your physiology will remove water from non-essential areas including your skin. So, drink water.

moisturize_cartoonIn addition to drinking water, the second aspect of moisturizing is to prevent loss of water through the skin externally.  Good moisturizing creams and lotions will form a barrier to keep skin moisture in and prevent its loss to the environment.

Properly moisturized skin appears healthier overall as it is more full, more plump and more resilient.  Conversely, lacking moisture makes crepey skin look worse by appearing thinner and drier.

Rule #2- Stimulate Collagen

Many topical products are now available to help preserve the integrity of your skin by stimulating your natural collagen production.  The best ingredients for this purpose include peptides, alphahydroxy acids and retinols.  Regular and consistent use of these products long term will help to maintain and improve skin as we all age.

Rule #3- Maintain A Stable Weight

healthy weightWhile I am certainly all in favor of people losing weight for health and appearance reasons in general, for the topic of crepey skin, it is important to maintain weight in a fairly consistent range and not to fluctuate too much.  With less fat under the skin to act as a cushion, crepey skin changes in terms of skin quality and texture become more obvious.

If weight is lost for healthy reasons (e.g. proper diet and exercise) or for appearance reasons elsewhere on the body, we can correct this loss of skin foundation with appropriate injections.  Restorative treatments will be the topic of a future newsletter.

Rule #4- Protect Your Skin From The Sun

fall_sunAs I have noted in several previous blog posts, the sun is not your friend.  In fact, the sun exposure over your lifetime is directly responsible for damaging your skin by degrading your underlying collagen and elastin.

It is crucial to apply sunscreen in sufficient amounts to your face and other exposed parts of your body (e.g. top of your hands, neck, face etc.) every day, rain or shine.  Some of my worst sun exposures in my past have been on days when it is initially rainy and cold covered and then the sun and its harmful rays broke through the clouds.

Since the topic of crepey skin is such a broad one, I will leave discussion of interventional treatments to another post.  However, these last two blog posts should give a good idea of how this condition comes to pass and how to work to prevent it.

As always, if you have any questions about this or any other skin topics you would like me to discuss either in a future blog post or one-on-one, give Emily or Denise a call at (207) 873-2158 to leave your question or to schedule a free initial consultation.

About Dr. John Burke

John Burke M.D. has practiced medicine for over 25 years, and is the founding partner of MidMaine Internal Medicine. He established Maine Laser Skin Care in 2004 after devoting years to learning the latest in laser and dermatologic technology. Dr. Burke has treated patients from all over the United States. He is one of Maine's busiest practitioners in laser treatments, and in the use of Botox for upper facial lines and excessive sweating.
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