Once fine lines start becoming wrinkles, you might wonder if they’re still able to be treated. Even deep creases can be reduced, and some superficial lines may be able to be removed. There are several options when it comes to treating lines and wrinkles on your face.
Some of the best ways to treat and prevent wrinkles are things you can do every day. Having a regular skincare routine is essential for maintenance. Even before having a professional wrinkle treatment, it’s recommended to keep your skin well exfoliated. A good skincare routine will have at least three steps: wash, exfoliate, and moisturize. Washing off dirt, oil, and dead skin cells helps to keep your pores clear, and exfoliation further lifts dead skin from the surface. Moisturizers and other skin conditioning products can be better absorbed by clean, unblocked pores.
Lines and wrinkles start to show in areas where our skin creases and folds, like in the corners of the mouth, on the forehead, and around the eyes. Lines develop when dirt and oil build up in those creases, and new layers of skin grow over the clogged pores. This makes the skin around the crease deeper, and the wrinkle shows more profoundly as the cycle continues. Dry skin tends to wrinkle faster, since dead cells flake off unevenly, leading to an inconsistent texture. Washing, exfoliating, and moisturizing all contribute to keeping your skin clean and even.
Over the counter products like creams and oils help target wrinkles a little more deeply than a daily cleansing routine. They often contain active ingredients that go beyond moisturizing. Exfoliating products will contain salicylic or alpha-hydroxy acids to help break the bonds of dead cells and make them easier to remove. Others contain vitamins like C or A, which support cell health and turnover. We obtain most of the vitamins and minerals our bodies need through food, but supplements and products with active ingredients give extra support. Drinking lots of water gets your blood flowing and nutrients moving, keeping cells nourished and hydrated throughout the body.
When your everyday skincare isn’t enough to handle those deeper-set wrinkles, your dermatologist can help with a variety of options. Gentle treatments include facials, light therapy, microdermabrasion, and chemical peels. These are surface-level procedures that remove the outer layers of skin cells, exposing younger, healthier layers below while also stimulating new growth. Targeting wrinkles, these exfoliating procedures even out the skin’s texture and tone, removing the buildup that shows the set creases.
Your dermatologist also offers stronger products for dealing with both wrinkle prevention and reduction of stubborn lines. Injectable solutions like dermal fillers and Botox work to deal with wrinkles below the surface. Fillers like Juvederm and Restylane are somewhat temporary, lasting up to a few months. They provide volume to the dermal layer of skin, effectively filling it in and dulling wrinkles. Botox is a muscle relaxant and works to diminish and prevent wrinkles by reducing movement in the area it’s applied.
Reducing your wrinkles doesn’t have to be an invasive procedure, and often the best strategy will be a combination of attentive home skincare and periodic professional treatments, depending on your skin’s type and needs. Set up an appointment with one of our dermatologists today to have a consultation.