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Suffering from skin conditions of the neck and chest? Reverse the signs of aging by boosting collagen production while hydrating and protecting your skin from the harmful UV rays of the sun with neck cream.
What Is Neck Cream?
Neck cream is simply a cream that you apply to your neck and chest to reduce the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles, large pores, crepey skin, and dark spots. These creams are available both over the counter and via a dermatologist prescription.
The best part? Your dermatologist can write a personalized prescription for this treatment that contains customized amounts of each active ingredient.
Conditions Neck Cream Treats
Neck cream treats pretty much any skincare issue that affects the neck. Most neck creams treat cosmetic issues (though some are formulated to treat medical conditions, too). The creams on this list treat mostly cosmetic conditions, such as aging skin, large pores, and acne scarring.
Crepey skin is skin that is thin, often dry, and wrinkled. Essentially, it looks like crepe paper. This skin condition is most common in aging skin, though it’s caused by a variety of issues that affect people of all ages.
Crepey skin is caused by dehydration, overexposure to the sun (or any UV and UVB rays), and overindulgence in alcohol and nicotine. It’s the result of the loss of the skin’s collagen.
Collagen is a protein that diminishes as the body ages, but it can also be lost after excessive nicotine and alcohol use as well as exposure to UV rays.
Crepey skin may also be caused by extreme weight loss. The skin may sag and wrinkle if the fat that once supported it is no longer there. The skin may tighten over time, but many people turn to prescription skincare products or surgery, as it may take months to years for the skin to bounce back on its own.
Thin skin is similar to crepey skin. This condition is caused by all the same issues that affect crepey skin. The biggest difference between thin skin and crepey skin is that thin skin can often tear or bruise easily.
This condition is also often caused by some medications. It can be worsened by dehydration, poor nutrition, and some lifestyle choices.
Genetics can also play a major role in thinning skin. If your relatives suffer from thin skin, you’re more likely to suffer from this condition, too.
Dark spots are any spots that appear on the skin. Sometimes the spots look like a spattering of freckles, and other times they appear as large dark masses on the skin.
These spots can also be moles or melanoma (cancer-causing spots). They can be caused by acne (acne scarring) or appear on aging, sun-drenched skin (sunspots).
If you are suffering from dark spots on your skin, we recommend making a telehealth dermatologist appointment to get your spots checked for melanoma. Most cancerous moles are irregularly shaped and some are raised from the skin. Regardless of the shape or size of your spot, getting screened for cancer early is important.
As long as your spots aren’t cancerous, you can usually get them treated with topical and prescription skincare products.
Aging skin is caused by (you guessed it!) old age. The older we get, the less collagen our bodies produce. Aging can also cause other issues that affect the skin, such as large pores, fine lines and wrinkles, crepey skin, and thin skin.
Conditions caused by aging skin can also be worsened if you have a family history of any of these conditions. Certain lifestyle choices (such as smoking, poor nutrition, and sun exposure) can exacerbate aging skin and make its conditions more noticeable.
Luckily, the signs of aging are often reversible; If you suffer from any of the above conditions, there’s still time to treat them.
Neck Cream can also treat large pores. While most people don’t have too many issues with large pores on their neck (this condition generally affects thicker-skinned areas of the body, such as the cheeks, arms, and jawline), some people notice large pores on their decolletage.
Large pores are the result of dry skin, overexposure to the sun, nicotine and alcohol use, and genetics. People with oily skin and thick hair may also be more prone to large pores.
If you pop your pimples or pick at acne, you’re more prone to acne scarring. These types of scars appear after the skin over acne marks breaks. The acne (and surrounding skin) can become inflamed or infected.
The body responds to inflammation and infection by boosting collagen production and either one of two things can happen: the body can ramp up the production of collagen and end up overproducing it, or the body may not produce enough collagen to repair the skin.
When too much collagen is produced, the skin over the acne will harden and darken, leaving a scar. If not enough collagen is produced, the area over the acne will look depressed and hollow.
Fine Lines and Wrinkles
Fine lines and wrinkles are a part of the body’s natural aging process. As we grow older, our bodies don’t produce as much collagen as they once did. When our bodies don’t produce collagen, our skin can’t remain elastic. Just as decreased collagen production can lead to crepey skin, it can also result in fine lines and wrinkles.
The biggest difference between crepey and wrinkled skin is that crepey skin merely looks like crepe paper, slightly wrinkled. Fine lines and wrinkles can sink deep into the skin’s surface and are sometimes more difficult to treat.
These conditions all have different causes, yet many of them can be treated by neck creams. Depending on the specific condition linked to your patchy skin, you may be a good candidate for a few types of treatments.
Many neck creams can fix cosmetic issues, including evening out skin tones while reversing the signs of aging and smoothing fine lines and wrinkles.
Hyperpigmentation is a common cosmetic condition that happens when patches of skin become discolored and/or darker. This happens when the body produces too much melanin or natural pigments in the skin.
Hyperpigmentation is harmless and is usually caused by hormonal fluctuations, taking certain medications, and overexposure to the sun. It can also be an indication of other underlying conditions and diseases.
If you’re suffering from hyperpigmentation, you may want to schedule a consultation with a doctor to rule out any possible underlying conditions. If your doctor confirms these conditions aren’t a risk, you can usually treat your hyperpigmentation with over-the-counter and prescription skincare regimens.
Tech neck is a term that refers to the conditions we suffer caused by hunching over for long hours a day. This condition may be caused by sitting at a computer (thus, the term ‘tech neck’!), on a bus, or on an airplane.
Essentially, any activity that causes us to sit in ‘sad shrimp pose’ with our heads curled down and our chests hunched over can cause tech neck.
One of the side effects of tech neck is the loose skin on the neck that can result from hunching over (also referred to as ‘turkey neck’, but we like the phrase ‘tech neck’ better!).
Neck Cream Ingredients
Neck cream ingredients may vary by company and product. The good news is that many companies that sell prescription skincare routines to reduce the appearance of wrinkles can customize each product to specifically target different conditions and areas of the body — such as neck skin.
Discover the best anti-wrinkle creams and find out what ingredients you should look for in neck cream products.
Tretinoin is an active ingredient in many prescription skincare products that helps with cell turnover. It can reverse the signs of surface wrinkles and fine lines as well as sun damage. It’s essentially a synthetic form of vitamin A.
It’s popular with patients because it’s known to be more aggressive than retinol, the ingredient found in most over-the-counter anti-aging skincare products.
Hydroquinone targets dark spots, melasma, age spots, patchy skin, and acne scars. It’s a skin-bleaching ingredient that can lighten discolored skin. This cream usually contains amino acids and vitamin C to help lift the extra melanin from the skin.
If you suffer from large pores, niacinamide is the ingredient that will help reverse their appearance! It makes pores look smaller while balancing your pores’ sebum production. It can also improve the texture of your skin and works on all skin types — without drying out oily skin or making dry skin oily.
Most products that contain niacinamide also contain vitamin E since this vitamin is able to convert niacinamide to niacin, the chemical compound that keeps skin healthy.
Hyaluronic acid is another ingredient in most cream moisturizers. This acid is made naturally in the body, and we can mimic this natural acid in neck creme, too.
It keeps your skin moisturized and supple and your tissue lubricated. Essentially, it’s the antidote to dehydrated skin that’s spent most of its life overexposed to the sun.
Sunscreen/SPF 25 & SPF 30
Another ingredient that should end up in daytime neck treatments? Sunscreen with an SPF of at least 25 to 30.
The neck area often gets ignored when it comes to sun protection. Yet, this area is as important as any other — possibly more important. The skin on the neck tends to be delicate, and skin cells are vulnerable in this area of the body.
Wearing sunscreen on your neck can prevent wrinkled, loose, and sagging skin.
Types of Neck Cream
Neck creams usually treat a wide variety of skin conditions, so you’ll find ones with ingredients that target some or all of these issues. The most common types of neck cream are:
Firming and tightening neck cream helps to keep the skin on the neck tight and supple. This is extremely important on the neck and décolleté because this area is more susceptible to crepey skin, thin skin, and wrinkles.
In fact, skin can look even looser on the neck and upper arms than in most other areas of the body. Neck firming cream can keep your skin taught, so it’s important to ensure any product you purchase for your neck and neck and décolleté advertises this benefit.
If you suffer from patchy skin, acne scarring, melasma, or any other condition that darkens areas of the skin or is the result of increased melanin production, you’ll want to opt for one that will brighten dark areas.
While brightening ingredients, such as hydroquinone, are normally found in products for other areas of the body (like eye cream), it’s also available in neck, face, and chest creams, too.
Many people suffer from age spots and sunspots on the chest thanks to years of sun exposure. If you have these spots on your décolleté, you may want to buy a cream with a brightening agent.
We all need a little help in boosting collagen production as we age. This protein increases the elasticity of the skin. Most collagen-producing creams are packed with antioxidants because antioxidants can attack free radicals (such as nicotine) that can poke holes in collagen.
If your skin is thin, crepey, or wrinkled, you may need to boost collagen production. You may want to consider a few lifestyle changes that will prevent further collagen decay — while restoring collagen with a topical skincare product.
Smoothing neck creams can help reduce the appearance of fine lines — especially on the delicate skin of the neck. These creams specifically target crepey skin. Most smoothing creams contain hydrating, collagen-boosting, and firming ingredients.
Dehydration is one of the main causes of most skin conditions. If your skin isn’t properly hydrated (from the inside out), you might end up suffering from conditions such as wrinkles and fine lines, acne, oily skin, crepey skin, large pores, and sagging skin.
Choose a hydrating lotion with ingredients that replenish the skin’s moisture. Many over-the-counter products contain hydrating ingredients, such as shea butter — though you may want to be wary of these as they often can lead to clogged pores.
Instead, opt for a light cream that’s formulated for your skin.
Prescription Neck Cream
There are plenty of over-the-counter and prescription neck creams on the market these days. If you haven’t spent too much time worshiping the sun gods, you may find that over-the-counter or drugstore creams will suffice.
Yet, the best neck creams are prescription strength and can be customized to each patient’s skin care needs.
No matter what your skin type or the severity of your skin conditions, you’ll want to hydrate and brighten your skin — all while smoothing fine lines and wrinkles.
If you prefer a neck cream or face cream treatment that works overnight, you might want to opt for Rory’s Nightly Defense Cream.
This prescription-strength cream can be customized to fit each patient’s skin care needs. Simply fill out an online questionnaire to get a personalized prescription formula.
Ingredients in Nightly Defense include:
Magnesium ascorbyl phosphate (vitamin C)
This night cream treats fine lines and wrinkles, age spots, clogged pores, acne, breakouts, skin texture, inflammation, redness, dryness, and dullness.
Neck and Chest Cream
If you want a neck and chest moisturizer that’s packed with ingredients to tighten pores, and smooth fine lines and wrinkles, try Musely’s Neck and Chest Cream.
It’s a tightening neck cream plus hydration.
Musely’s Neck and Chest Cream contains the following ingredients:
This spot treatment was designed specifically for the delicate skin of the neck and chest. Dermatologists are on-hand to prescribe this anti-aging treatment. Simply start an online consultation to get a customized treatment delivered right to your door.
No matter what your neck and chest skin conditions, there’s a neck cream that can visibly reduce the signs of your cosmetic issues. The best part is that you can get personalized skincare from the comfort of your own home for a fraction of the price of an in-person dermatologist appointment.