Posted on July 3, 2011 by Your Health Bulletin Team
By understanding the causes for lines on the on forehead, you’ll know what kind of treatment you’ll need to remove these lines or improve their appearance.
Causes for Lines on the Forehead
Sun damage from sun exposure is the leading cause for skin aging which includes lines on the forehead. If you don’t protect your skin from the sun, then your skin will age faster than others who seek sun avoidance and sun protection. The best way to reduce sun damage is to limit your time in the sun. If that is not likely, then use sunscreen and protective wear such as hats, sunglasses, and long-sleeved clothing whenever possible. Avoid tanning beds will also improve your skin’s appearance. UVA and UVB rays from natural sun and tanning beds damage the skin.
Smoking is another leading cause of wrinkles due to the body and skin being exposed to toxins. By smoking, your skin will age faster, lose its elasticity and cause wrinkles at higher rates than those who do not smoke. Puckering the mouth to puff on a cigarette and squinting eyes to avoid smoke are common causes of mouth and lip lines and crow’s feet.
Facial expressions contribute to lines on the forehead, otherwise known as frown lines. When you scowl your forehead wrinkles up. Over time, if this is done frequently, your skin will begin to make those lines in your skin permanent. Avoid facial exercises which loosen skin elasticity.
Sleeping on your stomach or your side can cause wrinkles on your forehead and other areas of your face. When lying on your stomach or side, your face is being pushed against the bed and pillow with such force for an extended period of time over many years that wrinkles start to show up. Try sleeping on your back for improved skin appearance.
Eating healthy has some skin benefits. Fresh fruits and vegetables, as well as whole grains, improve your skin’s appearance. Protein has also shown some skin benefits since the skin is made up of protein.
Treatment for Lines on the Forehead
As aging is unavoidable, so are wrinkles for some people. Not everyone will develop lines on the forehead, but for those that do there are some remedies that may work to lessen the appearance of these face lines or remove them completely.
Dr. Jeffery S. Dover, MD, FRCPC, who is a Dermatologist and Associate Clinical Professor at Yale University School of Medicine, suggests the three part skincare regimen for treating wrinkles.
Cleansing: Cleaning the skin with soap or cleanser will help remove dead skin cells and improve the appearance of the skin.
Treating: Studies have shown that retinoid acid (Retin-A) is effective at improving skin and reducing or even eliminating the appearance of wrinkles. These products can only be used with a prescription from your dermatologist or physician. For over-the-counter remedies, look for products that contain retinaldehyde (RAL), which has been proven to reduce wrinkling of the skin.
Preventing: Using moisturizer and sunscreen as part of your skin care process will help to prevent skin damage and improve appearance.
Temporary relief from wrinkling can be used with Botox injections or Dermal Filler treatments. Botox uses injectable forms of Botulinum toxin type A to paralyze facial muscles that reduces wrinkle appearance. Dermal Filler treatments usually involve collagen or silicone being injected into the wrinkle folds which plumps up the creased areas making wrinkles disappear. These treatments can last 3-6 months.
Cryoneuromodulation is a new alternative freezing technique that has shown some promise in displaying similar results to Botox injections. Using small needles, cold is delivered to the nerves freezing them to eliminate the appearance of wrinkles temporarily. This procedure has not been approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.
For those that believe surgical treatments are more effective than non-surgical treatments, there are a variety of options to choose from. Be sure to discuss these options with your dermatologist, if the non-surgical treatments have not worked to your liking.
Facelift: This is the most intense treatment for making wrinkles disappear. This involves cutting portions of the face, lifting and stretching the skin to remove any wrinkling. Note that a facelift only improves the look of sagging skin. It does not rejuvenate the skin’s appearance nor make the skin look or feel younger.
Forehead Lift: Less intense than the facelift, this involves cutting the forehead skin section and pulling and stretching it so that thewrinkles from the forehead, eyebrows, and upper eyelids can be corrected.
Meeting with a dermatologist is advised for anyone looking to reduce the appearance or remove lines on the forehead.
Cosmeceuticals: the evidence behind the retinoids.
Freezing Wrinkles a Possible Alternative to Botox
The Wrinkle Cure: Nicholas Perricone, MD
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