There are 43 muscles in the human face. That means with every single physical expression and animation, our faces (and skin) are working hard to maintain their look. Luckily, our skin’s natural elasticity is designed to help it fall back into place. Otherwise, we wouldn’t be able to convey such a unique and varied array of facial expressions. But over time, the skin’s ability to recover decreases, leaving you with wrinkles. Luckily, when it comes to facial wrinkles there are plenty of options. Here are six quick tips to show you how to get rid of forehead wrinkles.
Daily Sunscreen Use
Studies have shown that excessive sun and UV ray exposure is responsible for up to 80% of visible signs of aging on the face. Getting too much sun over a long period of time not only increases your chances of developing skin damage and melanoma, it will also lead to more wrinkles in a shorter amount of time.
Sun damage can cause discoloration and pigmentation issues, but its reduction of skin’s natural elasticity contribute most to wrinkles, particularly on the forehead. Simply taking the right steps to protect yourself from the sun on a daily basis can not only greatly reduce your forehead wrinkles, but your chances of developing more serious skin conditions later on in life.
Sunscreen use should be a part of your daily skincare routine. Finding the right one for you may be a little bit of a challenge at first. Some sunscreens may leave your face feeling oily or irritated. And you might be worried about how it can affect your makeup, no one wants a white layer over their face all day. However, there are special formulations of high quality sunscreen that are intended primarily for facial use that are much more tolerable than the white nose of zinc oxide that many of us imagine when we think about sunscreen.
It may take time or a dermatologist recommendation to find the right product for you. Generally, the American Academy of Dermatology recommends that sunscreens should offer broad-spectrum protection against UVA and UVB rays, should be SPF 30 or higher, as well as water resistant.
Dermatologist Recommended Skin Care Products & Serums
Hopefully you already have a strong daily, facial skincare routine. Reducing wrinkles can and should be just another part to your regular process. Along with daytime creams and moisturizers, wearing an overnight facial product is a great, easy way to treat wrinkles while you’re sleeping. There are plenty of dermatologist recommended products that you can find over the counter, but you’ll need to choose the right one for you.
The best facial skincare products fight free radicals and promote collagen growth with vitamins, nutrients, and minerals that help keep your skin rejuvenated and hydrated. Look for ingredients with anti-aging properties like retinol, hyaluronic and glycolic acid, resveratrol, and plant-based stem cells. It may be best to ask your dermatologist for recommendations on the right daily or nighttime products for you.
And if you’re feeling adventurous, there are plenty of recipes and natural ingredients found in your home to create your own DIY overnight mask. For instance, avocado-based masks are a great option for treating forehead wrinkles. The fatty acids, vitamins, and minerals found in them help moisturize and protect the skin from toxins while preventing the spread of free radicals. Don’t be afraid to think outside the box!
BOTOX for Forehead Wrinkles
Wrinkles are a natural part of life. But sometimes the home remedy approach isn’t enough. Luckily there are plenty of professional options to reduce forehead wrinkles. Botox is more common than you might think and isn’t reserved for just celebrities as the stereotype might suggest.
Millions of people undergo Botox treatments to soften and eliminate existing wrinkles on their face. It’s also a great way to prevent new wrinkles from forming around the eyes and especially the forehead. As far as forehead wrinkles go, Botox is extremely effective in treating surprise lines.
Botox is a highly purified protein derived from the bacterial toxin botulin. It’s injected directly into the patient’s skin, targeting specific areas (in this case, the forehead). It relaxes the muscles just below the surface of the skin, reducing the lines that form over time from making the same, repetitive facial expressions. And for the last 15 years or so in the dermatology industry, it’s been one of the most common cosmetic procedures.
Now, millions of people receive the treatment each year for its powerful cosmetic and anti-aging properties in eliminating and preventing facial wrinkles. If you think you might be interested in Botox cosmetic treatments, but still have questions about the procedure, reach out to us at the Dermatology Center of Acadiana today and schedule a consultation!
Chemical peels are another treatment option for forehead wrinkles, as they’re used to treat a variety of other skin issues including acne scarring, sun damage, and uneven skin tone. Basically, chemical peels speed up the skin’s natural exfoliation process and stimulates the natural healing process, making them a fast, highly effective and popular skin care treatment in general (especially against wrinkles). Usually, our skin renews itself naturally. Old skin cells fall off when new, healthy cells grow. It’s a natural process that begins to slow down as we age, leading to wrinkles, spots, unevenness, and other signs of deterioration.
The solution in chemical peels helps renew and speed up that healing process, stimulating the old cells to fall off faster which forces the new cells to renew themselves more quickly. Chemical peels also help to boost the body’s collagen production. You’ll notice your skin is rejuvenated, smoother, and more youthful after a chemical peel, making them another potential treatment option for forehead wrinkles.
Similar to chemical peels, microneedling is another way to quickly stimulate and trigger your skin’s natural healing mechanisms and help boost collagen and elastin levels. The process involves using an instrument with many tiny microneedles that move in and out really fast as the device is passed over the skin multiple times. The up to 3 mm microneedles create mini-traumas on the skin in the form of hundreds of tiny needle pricks. The trauma stimulates the collagen and elastin production in response to all of the tiny holes made during the process
It sounds like a complex, even uncomfortable procedure, but most recipients find that microneedling is not particularly painful (and numbing creams are used as well). Depending on individual needs, the treatment itself only takes up to half an hour to complete, and there’s little downtime afterwards. Microneedling is a simple, safe, and very effective way to eliminate forehead wrinkles and restore your skin’s youthful radiance.
If needles make you uncomfortable and you’re looking for a more non-invasive (but fast working) approach, laser treatments may be a great option for you. There are a few different types of general laser treatments, all for different skin conditions and types of candidates. At DCA, we use two different lasers to help build collagen and improve wrinkles: the Laser Genesis for those with more rosy skin tones and the Pico Genesis for patients with skin that tends to respond to sun damage with brown spots.
Laser treatments, Botox, and chemical peels are common procedures and are generally very safe. However, all should always be performed by a board-certified dermatologist or medical professional at the recommendation of your own dermatologist. If you have questions about what treatment option may be best for you, reach out to us at the Dermatology Center of Acadiana today and schedule a consultation! Every individual and situation is different, and the best way to get a better feel for what will be most effective for you is to consult with an expert.