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The word wrinkle has several definitions. In one definition, the Free Dictionary defines a wrinkle as “a line or crease in the skin, as from age.” Another definition is “a problem or imperfection.” To most of us, they are one in the same. Try as we might make peace with the aging process, the wrinkle is never a welcome sight, and there is little chance that we will come to accept it. The good news is, we don’t have to. Here is some advice for targeting wrinkles.
Alpha Hydroxy Acids
AHA’s, of alpha hydroxy acids, are natural fruit acids that slough off the dead top layer of skin cells and reduce the appearance of wrinkles, particularly around the eye area. New evidence suggests that, in higher contraptions, AHAs can also boost production of collagen, for the firmer younger skin.
Tretinoin, known commercially as Retin A, is the only FDA approved topical treatment for wrinkles. New Jersey dermatologist Robin Ashinoff MD says this prescription medication can reduce fine lines, large wrinkles, and repair sun damage. Retinol is the form of vitamin A found in over the counter formulas. Studies show that retinol, in highly stabilized, high concentration formulas can be equally as effective as Retin A, without the irritating side effects.
Topical Vitamin C
Studies at Tulane University found that topical vitamin C can protect against both UVA and UVB rays, increase the production of collagen, correct pigmentation problems, and improve inflammation. Make sure your vitamin C topical formula lists the vitamin in the form of L-Ascorbic on the ingredient label acid to guarantee you are getting the form most potent for wrinkle relief.
This is a powerful antioxidant, close in chemical composition to coenzyme Q10 (CoQ10). According to a study in the Journal of Dermatology, there was a 26% reduction of skin dryness and roughness, a 29% decrease in wrinkles and lines, a 37% hydration increase, and a 33% reversal of sun damage after 6 weeks of topical use of idebenone.
Growth factors are part of the body’s natural healing response to wounds. Studies show these compounds may reduce sun damage, fine lines, and wrinkles, and stimulate collagen production when applied topically.
Pentapeptides can increase collagen production in sun damaged skin, according to a study by the National Institutes of Health. Subsequent studies, including one recently presented at a national dermatology conference, supported these findings, showing that pentapeptides not only stimulating collagen production, and diminished the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.
The name says it all. These days, doctors can fill wrinkles a range of substances, including hyaluronic acid, collagen, and other synthetic compounds. The most popular and trusted wrinkle filling treatments include Juvederm and Restylane.
While the name may not sound pretty, apparently the results are. This treatment uses one of many chemicals to “burn” away from the top layer of skin, creating damage that causes the body to respond by producing more collagen.
Laser Light Resurfacing
Another way of tricking the skin into producing collagen is by using laser light resurfacing. This treatment uses energy from a light source, like a laser or diode, to “wound” the skin, causing it to respond by producing collagen, healing the damage from the laser and smoothing skin in the process.
How do you target wrinkles for your smooth skin? Medically, topically, or naturally? Let us know!