Having fine lines and wrinkles is a natural part of life, but it’s okay if it’s something you want to delay or completely reverse. Forehead wrinkles, in particular, can be a bit of a bother. When those horizontal lines or “eleven’s” sit in the center of your face, it’s hard to hide. Not to mention, any facial movement or raising of the eyebrows tends to make those wrinkles stand out even more.
If you’re looking for ways to smooth lines, rest assured that it’s possible to get rid of forehead wrinkles and prevent them from forming altogether. Some methods are temporary solutions, while longer lasting options will require a visit to the dermatologist’s office. Learn more about forehead wrinkles below, including what causes them, how to smooth them, and professional treatments that can help you get rid of them for good.
What causes forehead wrinkles?
There are a few causes for forehead wrinkles, but the main culprit is repeated muscle movement in the area, such as making dramatic facial expressions or raising your eyebrows, says Dendy Engelman, MD, a board-certified dermatologist in New York City. New York.
Naturally, aging also makes wrinkles and fine lines more apparent due to the gradual decline in collagen and elastin production. “These [collagen and elastin] proteins give structure and elasticity to the connective tissue under the skin,” says Michelle Henry, MD, a board-certified dermatologist and founder of Skin & Aesthetic Surgery of Manhattan. “As we age, our bodies produce less and less collagen, [which] leads to the appearance of forehead wrinkles and crow’s feet.
Other contributing factors that can accelerate wrinkle formation include UV exposure, genetics, and lifestyle habits, such as excessive drinking, smoking, or not drinking enough water, explains Hardik Doshi, MD, a celebrity surgeon. face plastic.
How to prevent forehead wrinkles
The best way to deal with forehead wrinkles is to prevent them from developing in the first place, says Doshi. Prioritizing a few things in your lifestyle can have a big impact on maintaining a smooth forehead.
Invest in an anti-aging skincare routine.
First things first, invest in a skincare routine with ingredients that help reduce the signs of aging. Try incorporating retinol into your regimen, which is a potent derivative of vitamin A, Engelman explains. “Retinol can help increase cell turnover and promote new skin formation, as well as collagen and elastin production, all of which help reduce fine lines and wrinkles,” he says. One of his favorite choices is SkinBetter Science AlphaRet Overnight Cream because it helps prevent wrinkles and improve the look of existing fine lines with “little to no irritation,” according to Engelman.
Other key ingredients worth adding to your routine are vitamin C, which promotes collagen production and protects against harmful environmental stressors, and hyaluronic acid, which gives the appearance of hydrated, plump skin, says Doshi. Dermatologists generally recommend starting your anti-aging routine sometime in your 20s and 30s for the best results.
Apply SPF daily.
Daily application of SPF (yes, also on cloudy, rainy and snowy days) is another non-negotiable factor if you are looking to prevent forehead wrinkles. “The collagen and elastin fibers in the skin are destroyed by UV radiation,” says Doshi. “I advise daily use of sunscreen with an SPF of 30 or higher, as well as protective clothing and headgear if you’re going to be outdoors.”
Have healthy lifestyle habits.
Smart lifestyle choices can prevent the development of wrinkles, such as avoiding cigarette smoking, which can compromise skin elasticity, and eating a balanced diet. Too many refined carbohydrates can accelerate skin aging, says Doshi. Staying hydrated helps your body function optimally; applying moisturizer helps skin function optimally, ultimately “lessening the likelihood of wrinkles developing,” he adds.
How to get rid of forehead wrinkles
The truth is, once skin wrinkles are noticeable, it’s hard to diminish their appearance, says Engelman. However, some options, ranging from cosmetic procedures to cupping therapy, can help.
a surgical facelift
A facelift, also known as a rhytidectomy, is a cosmetic procedure that removes skin and fat from the face to help give the appearance of a firmer, smoother complexion. “A facelift can last around five and a half years,” says Doshi. Expect swelling and bruising for a few weeks after surgery.
Neuromodulators, such as Botox Cosmetics, Dysport, Xeomin, and newcomer Daxxify (available in 2023) are among the most popular semi-permanent solutions for smooth skin, says Henry. They work by paralyzing the muscles found in the forehead. “By temporarily relaxing the muscles in your face, Botox can prevent wrinkles for up to three to four months,” she says. When the body metabolizes it, the wrinkles return.
Hyaluronic acid or collagen-based fillers are another option. “Fillers can be injected into forehead wrinkles to smooth them out and add volume,” says Doshi. These therapies usually last one to two years. Wrinkle depth influences how well these injectables will work, Doshi says, so if you have very deep wrinkles, these fillers may not be the best solution for you. A board-certified dermatologist or plastic surgeon can discuss the best option for you.
No-scalpel and no-needle methods may not be as visible or long-lasting, but they can help. One to try is cryotherapy, which is when a professional will use extreme cold to freeze skin tissue. “Cryotherapy is an amazing way to reduce facial wrinkles,” says Engelman. “In the past, we put our faces in ice baths to reduce swelling. In our office, we often recommend GlacialRx, which is effective because precision cooling reduces swelling, which lessens the appearance of wrinkles.”
For a DIY alternative with similar effects, you can try ice rolling with a tool like the Skin Gym Ice Coolie Roller. This form of facial massage works by stimulating the lymphatic system, which helps eliminate toxins, puffiness and relieve tension, says Doshi. The coolness also helps constrict blood vessels, which can help smooth the appearance of fine lines. “As a result of the constriction of blood vessels caused by cooling, the skin appears tighter and momentarily less red, giving it a more youthful and vibrant appearance,” she says.
Cupping therapy is a form of traditional Chinese medicine that uses cupping to increase blood circulation, stimulate cell repair, relieve muscle tension, and stimulate the cell regeneration process. The suction cup brings the blood flow to the area where it is. “This floods the tissue with new blood and stimulates the growth of new blood vessels,” says Doshi.
Facial cupping also causes mechanical trauma due to vacuum-like suction, which stimulates the production of healing agents such as white blood cells and platelets. “So facial cupping helps stimulate collagen-producing cells to lessen the visibility of scars, fine lines, and wrinkles,” says Doshi. It will take time to see results from facial cupping, but you may find that it’s worth adding to your routine, especially when you’re really looking to indulge in self-care. Wildling has a facial cupping system that includes two different sized cups.
When in doubt, it’s best to always consult with a board-certified dermatologist for the best treatment plan for you.
Genesis Rivas is the beauty editor at Oprah Daily, where she covers hair, makeup, skin, nails, and more. Before joining the Oprah Daily team, she wrote for various publications, including InStyle, Real Simple, and Shape. When she’s not testing, researching, and writing fun and educational beauty content, she can be found dancing and eating in New York City. Follow her on Instagram or TikTok
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