Whether you’re in your mid-twenties or mid-sixties, wrinkles -- one of the most common signs of aging skin -- might be plaguing you. Everyone’s skin shows fine lines and creases at varying rates, depending on lifestyle factors like diet, sun exposure, or smoking, plus genetic factors. But the bottom line is that these very visible reminders of aging skin can cause people to become self-conscious. Are you concerned that you’re past the help of wrinkle reducing treatments? Don’t worry -- it’s not too late!
Everyone -- men and women alike -- should ideally begin using an anti-aging skincare regimen in their mid- to late-twenties. While this may seem quite young for treating wrinkles, it’s the optimal time to get ahead of the curve and prevent wrinkles in the first place.
However, if you’re past that point -- maybe far past it! -- it’s never too late to begin. Look for high-quality, non-comedogenic products that won’t clog your pores. If you have more mature skin, you might look for thicker moisturizers as skin can become thinner and “crepe-like” in the aging process, and hydration helps immensely. Also look for ingredients like retinol and peptides, which will go to work on existing wrinkles.
You should cleanse your face twice a day with a cleanser formulated for your specific skin type, apply a gentle toner afterward, and moisturize. Exfoliation can also help reduce wrinkles as well as scarring, but be sure to use products that aren’t abrasive. And always remember to use an SPF 30+ every day, and an SPF 50+ anytime you’re in the sun.
While anti-aging skincare is the first step to reduce wrinkles, it may not be enough, especially if your skin has a fair amount of fine lines already. Some of the top wrinkle-reducing treatments on the market are injectables like Botox. These injections administer a prescription solution with a needle into the problematic wrinkle. The solution blocks nerve impulses which causes the muscles surrounding the wrinkle to begin to relax. Over time, the deep creases that come from smiling, frowning, or squinting smooth out, and the wrinkles are diminished.
There are several FDA-approved injectables available, including Botox injections. Depending on the treatment area and the severity of the wrinkle, your dermatology specialist can make the appropriate recommendation for you.
Similar to injectables but slightly different are dermal fillers, a highly popular option among wrinkle reducers. Dermal fillers -- including Juvederm, Radiesse, Restylane, and more -- primarily use hyaluronic acid as their active ingredient. This polymer promotes moisture in the body tissue, restoring lubrication to the skin. This, in turn, causes skin to look more firm and supple.
Many people are concerned not just about wrinkles, but also sagging cheeks and hollows under the eyes. As our bodies age, collagen and elastin production slow, and skin loses its firmness. Dermal fillers can help fill in hollows, plump lips, and remove lines and wrinkles on the face.
Interested in your options when it comes to wrinkle-reducing treatments? If you’re in Baton Rouge or the surrounding areas, contact Louisiana Dermatology Associates today for an appointment with one of our board-certified specialists.