Forehead Wrinkles – How To Get Rid Of Them
Forehead wrinkles are one of the most common signs of aging, and often the first to appear. In this guide, we are going to take a look at what the main causes of these wrinkles are, and what solutions are available for “treating” them – or at least, reducing their appearance. By the time you have finished reading, you’ll know what your options are.
Forehead Wrinkle Types
Firstly, there are several different “types” of forehead wrinkle. The most common type is known as the “forehead row”.
These are the horizontal wrinkles, which usually stretch across the width of your forehead. The other type is known as “frown lines” – or to give them their scientific name, “glabellar lines”.
These wrinkles and lines develop for several reasons. Often, it is simply the result of repeating the same facial expressions. Whether you are displaying anger, happiness, or even worry – your unique expressions affect your skin in a variety of ways, which will eventually develop your own unique set of wrinkles.
Over a long period of time, such as decades – or even a lifetime – these expressions have caused the skin to fold and wrinkle in specific places.
As you age, your skin naturally loses some of its natural elastin and collagen supplies. As these diminish, wrinkles will develop.
There is also a genetic factor which determines whether you are predisposed to develop wrinkles in a specific area, or at a specific time of your life. For example, it is possible to develop wrinkles in the forehead area at quite a young age. This will usually be due to genetics, rather than a natural loss of collagen and elastin in the skin.
But knowing the reasons behind why forehead wrinkles develop is of little comfort to someone who simply wants to get rid of them.
One treatment to consider is Botox injections. These are perhaps one of the most powerful, “instant effect” options to try. The drawback is they can be quite expensive, a little painful, or you may simply feel that this option is too drastic for you at this stage. Also, many people are afraid of needles – so if this describes you, then you’ll likely give this treatment a miss.
Of course, it is wise to consult with your physician to find the best option for you. It isn’t always suitable for treating the forehead, due to the “droopy brow” effect. If your eyebrow line is already quite low, then Botox can be a bad idea.
A slightly newer alternative to Botox injections is Dysport. This works in a similar way, and it is still an injection – it is just supposed to give longer lasting results.
Another surgical procedure is the “brow lift”. As the name describes, this is a simple operation which involves “lifting” the brow. It is usually performed by making an incision along your hairline, and then your forehead is “lifted” upwards, to straighten out those wrinkles.
If vertical wrinkles are your concern, then these can be treated with “dermal fillers”. This is a cosmetic procedure which literally involves “filling” those gaps and spaces under the skin, to fill those wrinkles. The results of this treatment aren’t considered permanent, but you can usually expect the results to last several months, and possibly up to a year.
Chemical peels can also be useful in some situations, especially if your wrinkles are finer. A dermatologist can help you with this. This treatment will involve using powerful chemicals to remove the top layers of the skin, which should help to reduce the appearance of finer wrinkles.
A less invasive option is to use facial exercises to combat forehead wrinkles. Some people believe that performing certain facial movements can, over time, strengthen the key facial muscles, which should “tighten” the forehead area to reduce wrinkles.
Perhaps the best compromise for many people is to use an anti-wrinkle cream. The science behind wrinkle creams has certainly progressed over the last few decades, and many of them contain ingredients which can give both temporary instant results (due to various tightening agents) as well as long time benefits (by moisturizing the skin, and boosting natural collagen production).
One of the best anti-wrinkle creams for the forehead area is LifeCell. This will help to re-hydrate the area, boost collagen production, and smooth out those wrinkles, whether they are vertical or horizontal. The downside is that it isn’t cheap. But it does make for a good compromise for people who don’t want to face the potential risks and anxiety of having a surgical procedure.
Be careful about using make-up to hide wrinkles on your forehead. If they are deep wrinkles, the makeup will have a tendency to “sink” into the lines rather than hide them. This will ultimately make them appear more visible, and draw more attention to them – rather than mask the situation.
Always avoid direct contact with the sun – and always wear sunscreen if contact is unavoidable. The UV rays are one of the biggest causes for all types of wrinkle, but especially the forehead area – which tends to get the most exposure.
Drink plenty of water. Hydration is very important for healthy skin. While using a skin moisturizer is important, drinking plenty of water will also help to hydrate you from “within”.
Look at possible lifestyle factors which could be making the situation worse. This applies to most signs of aging, including facial wrinkles. If you smoke, do whatever you can to quit. If you drink too much alcohol, do what you can to cut back. This will help to reduce those signs of accelerated aging which you may unknowingly be causing.
Use a high quality moisturizer. Many of the best anti-wrinkle creams, such as LifeCell, already incorporate moisturizing agents such as Hyaluronic Acid. But if you’re not using any kind of anti-wrinkle cream, then at least make sure you’re using a moisturizer. Dry skin can often make forehead wrinkles seem more visible.
Eat a healthy diet. Making such you are receiving a balanced, nutritious diet is important for your general health, as well as your skin complexion. Make sure you’re getting all of the vitamins and minerals you need from your diet. If this isn’t possible, consider supplementation.
To summarize, forehead wrinkles are one of the most common signs of aging. While you can delay their appearance to some extent, they will become more pronounced as you grow older. The most effective treatment for most people is to use an anti-wrinkle cream such as LifeCell.
If you want a more drastic, quicker, and powerful treatment – then consider cosmetic surgery options such as Botox, Dysport, or a browlift.