Wrinkles

1 What are Wrinkles?

Wrinkles are natural and occur through natural process of aging. They appear when a person is exposed to sun too often.

Although genetics mainly determine the structure and texture. Sun exposure is a major cause of wrinkles especially for fair skinned people.

Other factors such as pollutants and smoking also contribute to the formation of wrinkles.

2 Symptoms

Symptoms of wrinkling can appear all over the body.

Wrinkles are the lines and creases that form in the skin.

Some wrinkles can become deep cervices or furrows.

It may become especially noticeable around

  • eyes,
  • mouth
  • neck.

3 Causes

Wrinkles are caused by some of the following factors:

  • Age: Skin naturally becomes less elastic and more fragile as age increases. The production of natural oil decreases and leads to drawing up of skin and the fat in the deeper layers is lost giving skin a wrinkled appearance.
  • UV radiation: It breaks the collagen and elastin fibers which are the support of skin structure leading to development of wrinkles.
  • Smoking: It causes microvasculature defects in the skin which leads to faster aging process.
  • Repeated facial expressions: Such as squinting or smiling may lead to development of fine lines and wrinkles.

4 Making a Diagnosis

Diagnosis of wrinkles is not very complex.

Simple physical examination is the only diagnostic tool.

The lines and creases on the skin are the signs of wrinkles.

5 Treatment

Over-the-counter wrinkle creams and lotions are available for wrinkles treatment.

But it is less likely that any difference will be observed.

The FDA (the Food and Drug Administration) classifies them as cosmetics and not as drug.

6 Prevention

There are certain ways to prevent wrinkles, which include:

  • Protect skin from the sun and prevent wrinkles,
  • using sunscreens,
  • using moisturizers,
  • avoid smoking
  • eating healthy diet.
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