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Last Updated Nov 21, 2023

How can I prevent and treat wrinkles?

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Dermatology Resident
Dr. Jesse Dewey

You can avoid wrinkles and premature aging through preventative measures such as using sun protection and certain anti-aging creams. Pre-existing wrinkles can be treated through topical skincare products (e.g., retinoids), neuromodulators (e.g., Botox), and dermatologic procedures (e.g., lasers, microneedling).

The best way to avoid wrinkles is to slow their formation. The main structural proteins within our skin that give the skin elasticity and firmness are collagen and elastin. As we age, the natural amount of collagen within our skin decreases, which is exacerbated by sun exposure. In order to combat this, it is important to avoid external factors that further decrease collagen stores and use skincare that can boost collagen production. 

One of the main offenders for collagen breakdown is UV radiation from the sun. This type of damage can be avoided with regular use of sunscreen and sun protective clothing.Treatment of wrinkles include certain topical formulations such as retinoids, which boost collagen production, neuromodulators (like Botox) which temporarily paralyze the muscle to prevent wrinkle formation, and dermatologic procedures (like lasers and microneedling) which also increase collagen production. 

Remember, wrinkles are a normal part of aging and signify that we have lived a healthy and happy life. Most treatments are meant to soften their appearance but not entirely eliminate them. 

It's never too early or too  late to begin incorporating anti-aging ingredients into your skincare routine. Remember, prevention is the key to keeping your skin looking its best; however, there are always treatment options once wrinkles form as well.

Doctor's Note

Sunscreen is the most important product to prevent and treat wrinkles.

Once wrinkles form, topical treatments, injections, and dermatologic procedures can help soften their appearance.

Remember, aging is a gift and healthy skin should always be the primary goal!

The Research

Pathophysiology and innovative therapies PMID: 33296633

Imhof L, Leuthard D. Topical Over-the-Counter Antiaging Agents: An Update and Systematic Review. Dermatology. 2021;237(2):217-229. doi: 10.1159/000509296. Epub 2020 Sep 3. PMID: 32882685.

Dr. Jesse Dewey

Dermatology Resident

Dr. Jesse Dewey

Dermatology Resident

Dr. Jesse Dewey hails from the beautiful state of Utah where he completed
both his undergraduate and medical school training. Currently, he is
completing his dermatology residency in Wilmington, North Carolina
where he also plans on completing a surgical fellowship. Dr. Dewey
loves dermatology and enjoys helping people obtain and maintain
beautiful and healthy skin. Outside the clinic, Dr. Dewey finds joy in
spending quality time with his family, exploring the east coast, and
indulging in his favorite TV shows.

Location: Wilmington, North Carolina

Doctor's Note

Sunscreen is the most important product to prevent and treat wrinkles.

Once wrinkles form, topical treatments, injections, and dermatologic procedures can help soften their appearance.

Remember, aging is a gift and healthy skin should always be the primary goal!

The Research

Pathophysiology and innovative therapies PMID: 33296633

Imhof L, Leuthard D. Topical Over-the-Counter Antiaging Agents: An Update and Systematic Review. Dermatology. 2021;237(2):217-229. doi: 10.1159/000509296. Epub 2020 Sep 3. PMID: 32882685.

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