The Dreaded Cougar Cleavage – How To Get Rid Of Chest Wrinkles

Waking up to new wrinkles every day doesn’t have to be something we just accept as we get older. In fact, age isn’t even the initial cause of developing the not-so-affectionately termed “Cougar Cleavage”. Lines between the breasts can start to show up as early as your 20s. You don’t have to be rocking a pair like Dolly Parton to be afflicted with these irksome lines. Although they are more of an issue for the larger lady. So how can you get rid of chest wrinkles? Or cleavage crinkles, as they’re now referred to (may sound cute but we still don’t like you).


What Causes Cougar Cleavage?

The position you sleep in is probably the main cause of cougar cleavage, and not just wrinkles on your chest but facial wrinkles too. If you’re a belly or a side sleeper then there’s a whole lot of pressure being put on the skin that is smushed against your pillow or mattress.

Spending hours each night laying on your side causes the top breast to fall down onto the lower breast, stretching the skin on the outside of the breast and squashing the skin of the cleavage. This causes folds that end up leaving lines. Hour after hour, night after night and those lines stop disappearing during the day and end up becoming a permanent feature.

The other big wrinkle maker is sun damage. The skin on your chest is thinner than anywhere else on your body, and the decolletage is angled in just such a way that it’s a perfect surface for catching the sun. It’s usually the first place you’ll burn if you’re not using a high-factor sunscreen.

You might be surprised to learn that exercise could be contributing to those chest wrinkles too. Well, not so much the exercise itself but the ill-fitting sports bra you’re wearing while doing it. If those breasts aren’t held firmly in place while you’re running and jumping about then the skin is going to start stretching.

Gravity causes enough problems, we don’t want to give it a helping hand.

Of course, there are other things to consider such as smoking, alcohol, and a bad diet. These are things that will affect your body as a whole and won’t do your skin any favours in the anti-aging department. Yo-yo dieting is another problem. Drastic weight gain or weight loss will stretch and contract the skin, eventually causing it to sag.

And then there are genes. If your mother and grandmother are sporting a cougar cleavage then chances are you will too. But don’t fret, all is not lost. There are lots of tips and tricks to try that will help delay whatever nature has in store for you.

How To Prevent Chest Wrinkles Naturally

In Bed

The first thing to do is try sleeping on your back. It’s the easiest way to avoid chest wrinkles and will help prevent the ones sleep-on-back-prevent-chest-wrinklesyou may already have from getting any worse. It may not be your natural sleeping position but if you give yourself a chance to get used to it you’ll eventually find a comfortable way to lie on your back.

Many people find that even if they manage to fall asleep on their backs, they’ll usually wake up back on their sides. Try laying with a pillow on either side of you to stop you from rolling over in the night. A pillow under your knees might help you feel more comfortable too.

If you just can’t get used to sleeping on your back then there are a couple of things you can wear in bed that will stop your breasts from smushing together.

Cleavage bras, not the push-up kind, but bras that are actually worn between the breasts are one option. They look like back-to-front sports bras and come in different fabrics like satin, to help smooth out wrinkles, and fleece, to help keep moisture in your skin.

Silicon patches can be stuck to the chest at night, gently compressing it to make sure it stays flat and smooth. Medical-grade silicon intensifies hydration and supports the skin’s ability to retain moisture. Cindy Crawford swears by these and no one’s going to argue with her on how to stay looking good.

The Kush Support System is a firmer, cylindrical-shaped plastic pillow that fits between the breasts to support the top one and stop it from falling down onto the lower one. It has an anti-slip covering to keep it in place but works better for bigger boobs as there’s more for it to grip onto.

Skin Care

Start caring for your neck and chest the same way you care for your face. Yep, your cleanse, tone, and moisturize routine needs to be extended down to your breasts. Neck and chest skin is just as delicate and deserving as that of your face but a lot of us forget these areas in the day-to-day.

Moisturize, moisturize, moisturize! Dry skin forms wrinkles more easily than well-hydrated skin. Spread those anti-aging creams over your chest and neck morning, noon and night.

If you prefer using more natural products then slather on the coconut oil, just let it sink in before hopping into bed and getting grease stains on your sheets.

Aloe Vera is another great natural product that has been used for centuries to heal and soothe skin. There’s also some scientific evidence that suggests it has anti-aging properties too.

Retinol is considered the top ingredient for fighting wrinkles. It works by increasing cell turnover and hampering the breakdown of collagen. It also thickens the deeper layer of skin where wrinkles start. It’s a strong ingredient though and can cause irritation when you first start using it.

It’s recommended that you start off using Retinol just once or twice a week until your skin gets used to it. It’s a delicate formula and readily breaks down with routine exposure to light and air so you should avoid Retinol products packaged in jars or clear containers.

A little warning here: Retinol is a potent ingredient and should only be used at night as it can make you extra sensitive to the sun. You shouldn’t use it if you’re pregnant or breastfeeding, this is very important. It can cause problems for your baby’s liver.

Sunscreen is essential for preventing skin aging and wrinkles. It’s especially important to apply sunscreen if you are using Retinol. You need to be using it on your face and chest every day, even on cloudy days. The chest area is easily missed when applying sunscreen. It’s a good idea to keep a scarf in your bag to protect you just in case you leave the house without applying it.


The skin on the chest is very thin, and although exercise won’t get rid of wrinkles, building a layer of muscle in this area will fill the skin out and make it look smoother.

Exercise gets the blood circulating, bringing fresh oxygen and nutrients to the skin. The blood then flushes away waste products and free radicals, making the skin healthier. It also nourishes the skin cells, making them plump and vital.


Treatments To Fix Cleavage Wrinkles

Chemical Peels

If you’re interested in more hard-core treatments for tackling the dreaded Cougar Cleavage then you might want to start with a glycolic acid chemical peel. If your wrinkles aren’t too deep then this may be the way to level the skin out, effectively erasing the wrinkles.

There isn’t any downtime after this sort of chemical peel, although your skin will look really red like you have a sunburn. The acid helps remove the outermost layers of skin, improving texture but it will only get rid of shallow wrinkles.

Prices vary depending on where you live and the strength of the peel. You can even get some weaker ones that you can do yourself at home.

Laser Treatments

The YAG Laser is a popular option to address cleavage wrinkles. It stimulates the natural production of collagen and elastin, firming and smoothing the skin. There’s hardly any downtime with this treatment but you’ll probably need at least three treatments, spaced six weeks apart, which can end up being quite expensive.

CO2 Fractional Laser Resurfacing removes layers of skin tissue in columns, leaving the skin surrounding each column intact to aid in healing. It helps get rid of fine lines and wrinkles, as well as age spots, and generally improves the texture of the skin.

Downtime is said to be 1 to 2 weeks but there are some cases where it’s taken much longer to heal. Recovery can include redness, crusting, peeling and flaking. Doesn’t sound too nice but you usually only need one treatment to get results.

There is quite a high risk of hyperpigmentation with this treatment and it’s not really suitable for darker skin. It’s only recommended for those with serious skin issues. A little bit of crepey skin doesn’t really justify it.


Botox and fillers are quick-fix options for chest wrinkles, especially the deeper ones. They don’t require any downtime but the results aren’t permanent either. Depending on what you use, results will only last from about 6 months to 2 years.

Hyaluronic acid gel fillers like Juvéderm and Restylane and L-lactic acid fillers like Sculptra are commonly used on the chest. The injections aren’t cheap and you’ll need to invest in a long-term plan if you want to keep the results you’ve achieved.

Botox can be used to relax the muscles of the chest but it’s not as effective as it is when used on the face. It only reduces the appearance of wrinkles by about 30% and doesn’t last as long either.

Micro Fat Grafting

One of the most expensive treatments is micro fat grating, literally taking fat from another area of the body and grafting it into the chest. The treatment requires anaesthesia and involves a much longer and more complicated recovery than other treatments available. It also doesn’t address sun damage which is one of the main causes of chest wrinkles.


There are lots of ways to treat crepey chest skin and cleavage wrinkles, from homemade lotions to laser treatments. There are also plenty of interesting and wacky devices you can use to help prevent them.

The most simple and effective ways to prevent crinkles in the first place seem to be sleeping on our backs, and being diligent about sun protection. Prevention is better than cure so try out some of the available solutions and see what works for you.

One thing to keep in mind is, cougar cleavage can be seriously sexy. Just as long as it’s age-appropriate. I don’t want it showing up one second before I’m ready for it.

If you have any questions, comments or suggestions please don’t hesitate to leave them in the comments section below.

Thank you.

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10 thoughts on “The Dreaded Cougar Cleavage – How To Get Rid Of Chest Wrinkles

  1. Wow! Something no one ever talks about and yet we all deal with. This is great advice! I always treat my decolletage with the same care as my face and neck and even down thru my cleavage. What a great article to get the message across! We don’t have to be the old ladies with the wrinkles all over!

    1. Absolutely, there are things we can do to keep those pesky lines at bay for a bit longer. You’re already in a good habit of skin care by the sounds of it. The face ends at the breasts, that’s the thing to remember. Thanks for commenting and have a great weekend x

  2. Hello there and thanks for sharing this lovely article. I find it very interesting, but there are plenty of individuals that want to know how cleavage wrinkles get removed, and this explains it well. Maybe a silly question, but is there a natural way to rid of the wrinkles, or is it primarily a preventive thing?

    1. Hi there, I think that Retinol is probably the best chance you’ve got of improving the appearance of wrinkles. It can help erase fine lines. If you start using the preventative measures though it should make a difference as the skin isn’t being repeatedly folded in the same place so those deeper lines should smooth out a little and look a bit better. Hope that helps a bit, all the best x

  3. Thank you for this informative discussion and detailed description of the many options for cougar cleavage. I must admit that I had never heard that term, so it caught my attention climbing toward an advanced decade. Retinol is certainly one of the best products for improved health of the skin by increasing turnover and available now in fat-soluble delivery systems that make it less drying than original formulations; retinoids in general can cause not only liver problems but birth defects, so definitely not for women still of child-bearing years without precaution and good that you pointed this out. Sunscreen, sunscreen, sunscreen…would that I had been more diligent about it in younger years. Great article – thank you!

    1. Hi, thanks for commenting. And thank you for the info about Retinol and the fat soluble delivery system. Will definitely check that out. Like you, I wish I’d been more diligent with the sun cream earlier in life. Hopefully it’s never too late to start to make a bit of a difference. Have a great day x

  4. I didn’t know it was called cougar skin.
    The skin on your decollete is indeed more sensitive. I did not know that it was thinner there, but it makes sense. I moisturize that area, but sometimes I forget, I will make a habit of it, though, because I don’t want cougar skin either ,-)
    I love to sleep on my side, and I can’t manage to fall asleep on my back … I have tried, but it did not work. Maybe if I take your advice about the pillows, it could finally work.
    What exercises do you recommend to keep skin smooth? Are there an particular exercises that would be good for that?

    1. Great question. Doing regular exercise in general is good for your skin as it gets the circulation going and brings fresh oxygen to all your cells. You should make sure you use a good sports bra though, as jumping around can cause a lot of jiggling, and that could cause the skin to drag and stretch. You don’t want to give gravity a helping hand. Gentle exercises that target the pectoral muscles, such as push-ups, can help the appearance of chest wrinkles. As the muscles tone up they fill out and this can have a slight smoothing effect on the skin. And don’t forget to moisturise. It’s so important. Hope that helps x

  5. I have come across all sorts of skin care dealing articles so far, but I think never one about cleavage especially. Although it can very quickly give away age or overall state of the skin. So far I considered it a natural part of my décolletage and treated it accordingly. It never popped into my mind to connect the way I sleep with especially those wrinkles. And I do sleep almost tied up in a knot, on either of my sides (leaving my husband to “fight” for room in bed). I should try to sleep on my back. It will certainly do good for my cleavage and I’m sure he will be very happy to regain at least his side of the bed. Thank you for this great article.

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