How to Get Rid of Forehead Wrinkles
Do you want to get rid of forehead wrinkles?
Forehead wrinkles can be frustrating, but as annoying and stubborn as they may be, lines on the forehead, in particular, are also very common.
Because our eyebrows are responsible for so many of our expressions by repeated movement of the forehead muscle and can form as early as our 20s and 30s.
Forehead wrinkles are one of the top skincare concerns among patients 25 and up.
When it comes to getting rid of wrinkles, it all comes down to collagen. As you get older, your skin becomes less elastic and more fragile. One way or another, your skin needs more of it to fill the lines.
Sun damage will worsen these wrinkles as UV radiation breaks down collagen, the building blocks of the skin.
Wrinkles are grouped into two different categories: dynamic and static. Dynamic wrinkles appear when you make repetitive facial movements, like smiling or squinting. These often fade right after your facial expression changes.
Static wrinkles, on the other hand, remain on your face at all times, regardless of muscle movements. As you age, dynamic wrinkles become static wrinkles, leaving you with lasting expression lines.
There are science-backed solutions proven to work. The trick is to know which products and treatments to incorporate into your regimen, as well as when to put the skincare routine into practice.
As a general rule of thumb, dermatologists say that you should begin your preventative anti-aging journey sometime between your 20s and 30s.
Your lifestyle has an enormous impact on your skin’s health and the development of wrinkles. Take these changes to reduce forehead wrinkles, to keep your skin smooth, and to help prevent premature aging:
Be sun savvy. Daily use of vitamin C and sunscreen with at least SPF 30 slows skin aging and reduces the risk of dark spots and wrinkles.
Wear sunglasses when outdoors which prevent you from squinting and frowning—two facial expressions that could potentially cause “11” lines and other forehead wrinkles.
Manage stress. Worrying leads to wrinkling your brow, which leads to forehead wrinkles. To help manage stress, try:
- Practicing yoga
- Diaphragmatic breathing
- Eating a healthy diet
- Getting enough sleep
- Talking to a therapist
- Exercising daily
Stay hydrated. Well-hydrated skin helps diminish the look of forehead wrinkles. Drink at least eight 8-ounce glasses of fluid each day. When you exercise or spend time in the sun, you will need to drink more.
Eat a balanced diet. Higher intakes of vitamin C and linolenic acid (an omega-3 fatty acid) reduced the risk of dry skin in American middle-aged women.
Stop smoking. Smoking is the main cause of premature aging and wrinkles. Chemicals in tobacco smoke reduce collagen production and damage the skin’s elasticity, which leads to premature aging and wrinkles.
What Skincare Ingredients Actually Work to Smooth Wrinkles?
1. Products With Retinol
Retinol stimulates collagen to help the skin resist wrinkling. Retinol is a milder form of the prescription vitamin A byproduct known as tretinoin. Tretinoin is approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to treat acne and wrinkles.
Retinol works best at night to reduce fine lines and wrinkles. This is largely because the skin repairs itself at night. It can make your skin sensitive.
So it is important to moisturize and wear sunscreen when using retinol products—and women who are pregnant or breastfeeding should avoid it altogether, as it can potentially lead to birth defects.
2. Exfoliating Products With Alpha Hydroxy Acids (AHAs)
Alpha hydroxy acids (AHAs), which include glycolic, citric, and lactic acid, increase cell turnover and kickstart the production of collagen, which reduces the appearance of wrinkles and fine lines over time.
Glycolic acid is the main ingredient in many chemical peels. It is also in some leave-on, over-the-counter exfoliants. Glycolic acid may cause sun sensitivity, so be sure to wear sunscreen after using glycolic acid products.
Glycolic acid has the smallest molecules of all the AHAs, so it can easily penetrate the skin. But because it can penetrate so well, there is a higher likelihood of irritation, and those with sensitive skin might want to opt for milder lactic or citric acid instead.
Primer will not get rid of forehead wrinkles, but it is an inexpensive way to make them less noticeable. Primer comes in powder, gel, or cream forms. It “smooths” wrinkled skin and helps the foundation stay put throughout the day.
Look for leave-on skincare products like serums and creams with “ingredients like peptides, which help with collagen and elastin formation. Can you disguise forehead wrinkles with makeup?
Avoid foundation that is too thick or luminous, which can enhance forehead lines. Dab a clean, damp makeup sponge over your base to make the pigment melt into skin for a blurred effect and to ensure that no excess product is sitting on top, emphasizing texture.
Colors can help minimize the look of forehead wrinkles, too. Shimmery eyeshadow draws attention to the eyes rather than your forehead.
UV rays are one of the biggest causes of premature wrinkles, so sunscreen will help prevent the formation of new wrinkles as well as slow the worsening of existing ones on your face. Wear it daily. No excuses.
Do Injectables Work to Get Rid of Forehead Wrinkles?
Yes. If you want to put an end to your fine lines—it is time to turn your attention to injectables. Injectable wrinkle reducers work by relaxing muscles under the skin. Botox and other neurotoxin-based injectables are highly effective at smoothing away forehead wrinkles.
A wrinkle relaxer such as Botox is a medication made from the botulinum toxin. When injected into specific muscles, it temporarily paralyzes them so they can not contract. In other words, when you frown, your forehead will not naturally wrinkle.
When injected into the muscles, it binds to the receptors on the muscles so that your muscles do not receive the signal to contract.
You will not be able to make dynamic wrinkles (wrinkles you make when frowning), then there may be less of a chance for static wrinkles to set in. The results typically last three to four months, but if your lines are not too deep, injectables can smooth them away completely.
While there is no downtime as a result of injections, there are a few restrictions. You cannot massage the treated area for 72 hours and must keep your head upright for at least four hours post-injection.
Rubbing the area of treatment can result in moving Botox to unwanted areas. Since Botox is superficially injected, it needs an adequate amount of time without movement for it to dissipate appropriately.
What is more, you should not drink alcohol or partake in excessive workouts for 12 to 24 hours post-treatment. While bruising is unlikely, these activities may exacerbate the possibility.
Botox may cause uncommon side effects such as:
- Pain, swelling, or bruising at the injection site
- Flu-like symptoms
- Dry eye
A filler is any soft and gel-like substance that can be injected into the skin or underneath to help plump it up. Fillers are often used to smooth deep under-eye circles, lift cheekbones, volumize lips, and even out nasolabial folds.
Hyaluronic acid fillers deliver results that last up to two years, are reversible, and are favored by many doctors. You can start with hyaluronic acid filler if you are looking for something a little less aggressive.
Hyaluronic acid is something that already naturally occurs in the body. You have immediate textural improvement with injectable hyaluronic acid. It plumps fine lines and wrinkles, smoothing the overall complexion and adding volume.
Like neurotoxins, fillers come with a few risks. The most common side effect is swelling for a day or two. It is also possible to experience an allergic reaction, bleeding, bruising, or infection at the injection site.
Sometimes, irregularities in the surface, contours, and firmness of the skin, or damage to the blood vessels can happen as well.
Although these more serious side effects are rare, it is a reminder to go to an experienced injector, a board-certified dermatologist, or a plastic surgeon, for the best results.
What Other Procedures Work to Reverse Wrinkles?
In addition to injectables and skincare, lasers and chemical peels are in-office procedures that dermatologists offer to help get rid of forehead wrinkles.
Chemical peels deeply exfoliate the top layers of skin so that it appears less wrinkled, leaving you with a more youthful tone and texture.
Resurfacing lasers cause controlled damage to the skin, taking advantage of its ability to heal itself and create new collagen.
- Ultherapy is a non-invasive skin-tightening procedure that uses focused ultrasound energy to lift skin by gently heating the tissue and stimulating the body’s collagen-building process.
It is an FDA-approved skin lifting and tightening procedure, for its ability to lift both the forehead and brows. Ultherapy is a non-invasive skin-tightening procedure that uses focused ultrasound energy to lift skin by gently heating the tissue and stimulating the body’s collagen-building process.
It is an FDA-approved skin lifting and tightening procedure, for its ability to lift both the forehead and brows.
- Fraxel Dual uses fractional laser technology which penetrates deep into the skin layers to trigger the body to promote its natural healing, improving overall texture and skin tone.
The results of Fraxel are gradual over time as the body replaces old damaged skin cells with new collagen and elastin.
- Thermage or Ultherapy uses radiofrequency technology to deliver heat to the innermost layers of the skin to stimulate collagen and improve the overall texture of the skin.
Thermage is an excellent treatment for forehead wrinkles and works on all skin types.PRP plus facials are also an option; a combination of microneedling with PRP (platelet-rich plasma).
PRP is a concentrated platelet-rich plasma protein that has a greater concentration of growth factors that our cells use to heal and regenerate healthy tissue. While somewhat bloody, it is safe for all skin types.
Forehead thread lift. Threads are placed under the skin and have anchoring barbs or cones to lift and reposition the skin.
Threads are made of materials that stimulate collagen so that along with an immediate lifting effect, you have skin rejuvenation with a gradual tightening and smoothing effect. This procedure calms the muscles while holding them in place.
The forehead is transformed into a smooth, wrinkle-free surface. Although thread-lifting is an invasive procedure, recovery time is short.
How Can You Prevent Forehead Wrinkles?
The earlier you address a wrinkle, the better your outcome will be. Consider it when wrinkles begin to stick around when your face is at rest. For some that may be in your early or mid-20s, for others it may be later.
Many millennials opt for botox/neurotoxin in the areas where forehead wrinkles occur, before they appear. The use of neurotoxins proactively, pre-wrinkle occurrence, stops the forehead movement that eventually causes wrinkles, therefore preventing them.
Another way to slow aging and prevent wrinkles is to live a healthy lifestyle. Eating a healthy diet, avoiding prolonged sun exposure, exercising regularly, and managing stress are the most effective ways to keep your skin and the rest of your body healthy. However, genetics plays a role as well, so even a great healthy lifestyle may not prevent wrinkles from forming.
Daily SPF application is also a must to prevent forehead wrinkles from forming or becoming worse, reducing forehead movements like raising your eyebrows to block the sun.
Apply a broad-spectrum SPF 30 or higher face sunscreen every morning to shield skin from UV light, which can break down collagen.
It may be hard to get rid of forehead wrinkles entirely, but there are steps you can take that may make them less noticeable. Book an appointment or call Skin Theory for a free consultation.
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