WHAT IS CREPEY NECK SKIN
ARE THE CAUSES?
Crepey neck skin refers to the thin, delicate, and loose appearance of the skin on the neck, resembling the texture of crepe paper. This condition is often characterised by fine lines, wrinkles, and a lack of firmness, contributing to an aged or sagging appearance. The skin on the neck is naturally thinner and less elastic than that on other parts of the body, making it more susceptible to the effects of ageing. Collagen and elastin, proteins responsible for skin elasticity and firmness, gradually diminish over time, leading to the development of crepey textured skin. Additionally, factors such as prolonged sun exposure, smoking, and genetics can exacerbate the problem, accelerating the breakdown of collagen and elastin fibres.
Over time, the skin undergoes various changes, including a decrease in collagen and elastin production. These proteins are essential for maintaining the skin’s structural integrity and suppleness. The diminishing levels of collagen and elastin result in reduced skin elasticity, leading to the formation of wrinkles and the characteristic crepey texture. Furthermore, factors like prolonged sun exposure contribute to photoaging, accelerating the breakdown of collagen fibres and causing premature aging of the neck skin.
Environmental and lifestyle factors play a key role in the development of crepey neck skin. Sun damage is a major contributor, as UV rays can break down collagen and elastin fibres in the skin. Additionally, habits such as smoking can accelerate the aging process. Tobacco smoke contains harmful chemicals that impair blood flow to the skin and hinder collagen production.
There are various treatments available to target crepey neck skin. Resurfacing laser treatments can stimulate collagen production and improve the skin’s texture by addressing pigmentation irregularities, while Profhilo®, a specialised injectable treatment, can enhance skin hydration and firmness, promoting a smoother and more youthful appearance.