What Causes Wrinkles?
Wrinkles are a natural part of the aging process. They occur most frequently in areas exposed to the sun, such as the face, neck, back of the hands, and forearms. Over time, skin gets thinner, drier, and less elastic. Ultimately, this causes wrinkles – either fine lines or deep furrows. In addition to sun exposure, premature aging of the skin is associated with smoking, heredity, and skin type (higher incidence among people with fair hair, blue eyes, and light skin).
Treatment for Wrinkles
Treatment runs the gamut from topical creams and moisturizers to cosmetic procedures. The most common medical treatments are:
- Alpha-hydroxy acids are preparations made from “fruit acids” that produce subtle improvements in the appearance of your skin.
- Antioxidants, creams consisting of Vitamins A, C, and E, and beta-carotene improve the appearance of skin and provide some additional sun protection.
- Moisturizers, which temporarily improve the appearance of skin.
- Vitamin A Acid helps alleviate some of the signs of aging, including mottled pigmentation (e.g., liver spots), roughness, and wrinkling.
Cosmetic procedures include:
- chemical peels
- laser resurfacing
- plastic surgery
The best prevention for wrinkles is to keep the skin moisturized and use sunscreen and sunblock to prevent additional damage from the sun.
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