Can Any Treatments Firm Up My Crepey Skin?

The Short Answer from a dermatologist

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Q: Can any treatments firm up the crepey skin on my arms?

A: Applying lotion on a daily basis will help minimize a crepey, or papery, look to the skin. I usually tell my patients to lather themselves up with lotion within three to five minutes of getting out of the shower. Doing this will not only prevent dryness; it will also hydrate the skin and minimize the crepey appearance.

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In addition to over-the-counter moisturizer, you may want to search for products that add extra moisture into the skin, exfoliate it and enhance collagen production. These can also minimize a crepey appearance.

We recommend products containing alpha hydroxy acids, including glycolic acid, lactic acid and citric or other acids derived from foods. A number of these products are available, either over the counter or dispensed as cosmeceuticals by the physician’s office.

—Dermatologist Christine Poblete-Lopez, MD

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