Forehead wrinkle, whether they are horizontal lines on the forehead or vertical wrinkles between the eyebrows (called frown lines or glabella lines), are expression lines due to the contraction of the muscles in these areas. The glabella line always gives a “stressed” and severe look.
How do wrinkles develop?
The medical term for forehead wrinkles is “fine line of the glabella”, the glabella being the term for this area on the face. These wrinkles are expressly due to age but also to your facial expressions which result from the natural movements of our face. So if you are expressive by nature, you will not be spared!
Wrinkle traps are, for example, temper tantrums or prolonged exposure to a computer screen. We usually frown without even realizing it. Even the blinding sun or the lack of light can subconsciously make us frown. So turn on the lights on time or close the blinds.
Types of forehead wrinkles
This is how:
transverse forehead wrinkles
inter eyebrow lines (frown lines)
periorbital wrinkles (crow’s feet wrinkles)
The "aging wrinkles"
They result from sagging skin related to age and external aging factors such as the sun.
This is how:
folds of bitterness (from the corners of the mouth to the chin)
nasolabial fold lines (from the wings of the nose to the corners of the mouth)
perioral wrinkles and smoker’s wrinkles (around the lips)
neck wrinkles: horizontal “cords” or vertical folds
There are also sleep wrinkles linked to poor skin positioning during sleep time which causes printed folds. Night after night, the crease turns into a wrinkle.
Medical treatment of forehead wrinkles
Forehead wrinkles can be treated in 2 ways: with botulinum toxin and/or with hyaluronic acid injections. The botulinum toxin will allow the muscles responsible for these wrinkles to rest and thus prevent them from widening further. In a second step, the anti-aging doctor can also inject a little hyaluronic acid to reduce the wrinkle which would still remain a little visible.
For people who do not want botulinum toxin treatment, the doctor will inject hyaluronic acid alone to reduce the wrinkle.
Botulinum Toxin (BOTOX)
Botulinum toxin induces weakness in the injected hyperactive muscles, without affecting their normal functioning. It has been used for more than 30 years in various specialities, notably in ophthalmology (to treat blepharospasm), in neurology (to treat spasmodic torticollis). Its use in aesthetics dates back more than 20 years and its effectiveness has been proven for the treatment of expression lines on the upper face as well as for the treatment of excessive sweating (hyperhidrosis).
Hyaluronic acid is naturally found in our body. It is used to maintain the hydration of the skin and contributes to its tone. It is a powerful moisturizing and filling agent, the quantity and quality of which in the dermis gradually decreases with age. As a result, the skin dries up, becomes fragile, and the first wrinkles appear. Then gradually, the tissues relax and the face hollow.
HA is used by the anti-aging doctor as a moisturizing agent (in the mesolift) and as a filling product to treat wrinkles, fine lines, hollows, furrows … In all cases, it is injected into the thickness of the skin and not applied to the surface as with cosmetics.
Due to its strong hydrating power, hyaluronic acid is used today in many cosmetics and nutritional supplements.
Forehead Lift Surgery
The brow lift is a surgical treatment that is overkill for simple forehead wrinkles. It is useful in cases of significant sagging skin on the forehead, usually associated with a significant fall of the eyebrows. It is therefore not a treatment suitable for simple forehead wrinkles.
Treating forehead wrinkles naturally
Improve your diet:
You can significantly improve your overall health, and the condition of your skin in particular, by eating a balanced diet. As a general rule, try to eat more fruits than vegetables to increase the amount of antioxidants your body receives.
Antioxidants reduce the amount of free radicals in your body which are chemicals that have negative effects on skin and general health.
The meat of cold water fish, such as salmon, contains a lot of protein and a good amount of omega-3 fatty acids. Proteins are used as building blocks for the cells that make up our body and omega-3 fatty acids are used in particular in the processes of regeneration of skin cells.
Consider eating soy, as it helps protect the skin from the sun, as some scientific studies have shown. By protecting your skin from the harsh solar rays through diet, you reduce one of the causes of wrinkle formation.
Cocoa beans contain flavonoids that improve hydration processes, especially in skin cells.
Avoid refined carbohydrates and refined sugars. They cause inflammation which can cause wrinkles and make the skin saggy.
Get regular exercise:
Moderate exercise is an important part of any lifestyle that should improve general health, especially the condition of the skin.
Walk at least 30 minutes a day, 5-7 days a week. Take advantage of other moderate cardiovascular exercise that can be just as beneficial.
Do the handstand as a routine exercise. It improves blood circulation to the head and in particular to the skin of the face and the scalp. It also allows the relaxation of the muscles of the face, which has a beneficial effect on the skin of the face. Wrinkles are in part caused by repeated muscle tension that relaxation exercises reduce.
Avoid staying too long in the sun:
If you are in the sun often for prolonged periods of time, your wrinkles will only get worse
- When you know you are going to be exposed to the sun, apply sunscreen to your skin, especially your face, before going out. Consider wearing a hat to increase the level of protection.
Get enough sleep:
Get 7-8 hours of sleep a night. When you lack sleep, your body produces cortisone which breaks down skin cells, resulting in deeper wrinkles.
Getting the right amount of sleep allows your body to produce a sufficient amount of growth hormone during the night which has a beneficial effect on the elasticity of the skin.
At night, make sure you sleep on your back. If you sleep on your stomach, you may end up with wrinkles on your face when you wake up. By sleeping on your side, it is on the cheeks and chin that you risk creating wrinkles.
There are a huge number of good reasons that can make someone quit smoking. One of them is the reduction of wrinkles on the forehead.
- Enzymes that break down collagen and elastin in the skin are released in your body when you smoke. The skin then becomes less elastic and the wrinkles become more apparent.
If you tend to do this while reading, get a pair of glasses that are suitable for your eyesight. When you squint, the muscles in your forehead and around your eyes create a groove below the skin’s surface which can gradually create a wrinkle that will become more and more noticeable on the skin’s surface.
- You should also wear sunglasses when you go out. Bright light can cause you to squint, which can eventually create wrinkles (if you go out in the sun a lot without wearing a pair of sunglasses).
Skin Care Regimen to prevent and reduce forehead wrinkles
Around the age of 30, the skin becomes drier and no longer has the same ability to regenerate. It is therefore necessary to give your skin a boost by offering more specific moisturizing and anti-wrinkle treatments.
The important thing is to clean your face well before applying anti-wrinkle care.
Then, morning and evening, we apply an anti-wrinkle cream to the entire face and supplement if necessary with an anti-wrinkle serum or concentrate applied locally to the frown lines and forehead wrinkles or all over the face.
The essential thing to apply an anti-wrinkle treatment to frown lines and frontal lines is to apply it in the direction of the wrinkle, to smooth it out. Thus, we gently massage anti-wrinkle care on frown lines and frontal wrinkles by making upward movements.
We start from the nose (lion’s wrinkle) to go to the temples (forehead wrinkles). And we end up smoothing out the wrinkles from the center to the sides.
A day cream against forehead wrinkles
An anti-wrinkle day cream helps protect the skin by plumping it and giving it firmness. The texture should be rich enough to smooth the skin.
a night cream
A night cream is applied to optimize rehydration and tightening of the pores at night.
With its active ingredients, the serum fills in fine lines and wrinkles, hydrates the skin and improves its tone.
A homemade peel
To preserve the youth of its skin, it is necessary to activate its cellular renewal, that is to say to erase its skin to eliminate the dead cells.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
Is there any relation between forehead wrinkles and Atherosclerosis?
The formation of wrinkles could be a sign of oxidative stress and deterioration of collagen, two factors which also influence atherosclerosis . Another explanation is that the vessels of the forehead are more sensitive to atherosclerosis: wrinkles would therefore be a sign of damage to the vessels.
Why is forehead prone to wrinkles?
Forehead wrinkles appear as soon as the musculature of the forehead contracts, for example by raising the eyebrows. Over time, this natural mimicry imprints itself on the face, revealing the first lasting wrinkles on the face.
Do we often wrinkle our forehead?
We do it under the effect of surprise, concentration or anger: wrinkle the forehead. There are many situations where we squint our foreheads or raise our eyebrows without realizing it. The following then happens: the constant movement of the skin, modifies the structure of the collagen and elastin fibers which give the skin its tone and volume. In addition,from the age of 20 , the skin loses more and more its hydration and precious lipids- from this moment, the first expression lines start to appear.
Massaging forehead wrinkles - how does it work?
It has not been shown that specific facial massages can reduce forehead wrinkles. However, they help to relax . How to do it: Raise the index finger horizontally above the eyebrows and pull the skin slightly downwards while relaxing the muscles and lifting the forehead. Repeat several times then run your fingers across the forehead.
Does untreated eyesight can result in forehead wrinkles?
Untreated vision defect not only damages the eyes but also causes headaches, and also promotes wrinkles. Because if you can’t see well, your eyes will squint and wrinkles. Experts recommend getting an eye test every two years.
These are horizontal wrinkles on the forehead, more or less marked. They can affect the young subject, and worsen significantly with age. In advanced stages, the skin becomes hollow, marking a real furrow, which becomes very difficult to correct.
The appearance of horizontal frontal wrinkles is due to the contraction of 2 vertical muscles: the frontal muscles. The contraction of these muscles causes the appearance of horizontal folds. These muscles are used to raise the eyebrows.
Their hyper-action leads to the early appearance of wrinkles, which may justify treatment in young patients sometimes even before 30 years of age.