I have crepe skin on my legs and arms mostly and it's really starting to bother me

I've tried crepe erase but didn't help.


F, New Jersey

It is important to understand that you're being realistic - you're curious as to what "might" work. Whether a skin cream "works" or not is all about understanding your expectations from the standpoint of what you're trying to achieve. 

Creams cannot:

  • offer what neurotoxins, like Botox or Xeomin, can do to stop dynamic wrinkles from becoming those that occur at rest
  • fill areas of volume loss of the cheeks or around the mouth like dermal fillers (i.e. Juvederm, Restylane, etc.)
  • stop the effects of gravity, like pulling our cheeks downward to create jowls 

Creams can:

  • make improvements on your signs of aging: dark marks, fine lines, and skin tone
  • slow the signs of aging with adequate moisture
  • provide anti-aging ingredients that have shown to reverse damage

Some of my favorite skin creams for anti-aging and improving signs of aging are Skin Medica's TNS Essential Serum (containing important peptides and growth factors) and HA5 hydrating serum (with long-lasting hyaluronic acid), and Sente's Dermal Repair (containing heparin sulfate technology). Products containing tretinoin or retinol in some form are also clinically proven to reverse the signs of aging if their potencies are high enough.

I recommend you continue your research and seek the advice of a board certified dermatologist to consider your options. We always recommend taking baseline photographs in the same lighting and background before starting a skin regimen so that you can compare and contrast your skin's response 6-8 weeks after continued use. Monitoring your own success is important when you're looking for subtle changes - we easily forget where things started when we consistently/relentlessly check for improvements. Just like weight loss, before and after photos with skin care are necessary to show (and ultimately prove to ourselves) that what we're doing is working. 


Jeanine Downie, MD 

Crepe skin is usually caused by several factors: genetics, skin damage, aging, and skin quality. We can't change our genetics or the fact that we will age, so this is something we all need to accept. However, protection from harmful environmental factors (sun, cigarette smoking, etc.) and providing our skin with the nutrients needed to stay healthy and look healthy are ways we can combat this uncomfortable appearance. 

Prevention of crepe skin starts with sun protection, maintaining one's healthy weight, and proper moisturizing. Wearing an SPF 30+ with broad spectrum UVA/UVB protection is vital to prevent destruction of collagen and the fibers in our skin that keep things tight and smooth. When individuals gain and lose weight on and off, stretching the skin with each cycle can destroy the skin's ability to be elastic and respond to those changes. Many people have been made aware of this skin phenomenon with the increase of patients going through massive weight loss and dealing with excess skin that does not recoil or retract. Moisturizing with products containing potent antioxidants, ceramides, proteins, and hyaluronic acid are great for repairing and improving the skin's quality. 

Lastly, crepe skin can also feel rough and dry, therefore considering a product containing alpha hydroxy acids (AHA's) may improve the skin's texture. More potent options are also available by prescription if your dermatologist feels it may be necessary. 

Rather than considering the purchase of another product via compelling celebrity endorsements, I recommend meeting with a board certified dermatologist for advice on how to tackle this pesky problem. 

Best of luck,

Jeanine Downie, MD

I would recommend an in-office consultation with a board Certified plastic surgeon that also offers non-surgical options such as bodytite. This may be a good option with minimal down time to help tighten and shrink the skin. Good luck!