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What Causes Wrinkles?

Wrinkles prematurely age a face. If you understand what causes wrinkles, it is much easier to prevent them. Here’s more information about how wrinkles develop so you and your dermatologist can work together to maintain your clear, youthful complexion: The Normal Aging Process As the body ages, the outer layer of the skin cannot hold onto as much moisture as it once did. Without the proper hydration, you could start to develop some fine lines on the face. Collagen and elastin also start to weaken, which decreases the skin’s ability to remain taut and tight. Once the internal layers of the skin lose fat, the skin can start to sag, which could lead to deeper wrinkles. The Sun If you spend a lot of time in the sun, you might be more susceptible to wrinkles and fine lines. In fact, the sun is responsible for about 90 percent of all skin damage. If you spend a lot of time in the sun, you should always wear sunscreen with an SPF of at least 30. You should also wear hats, long sleeves, and other protective clothing that can minimize your exposure to these dangerous rays. Smoking Bad habits like smoking can make an impact on your face. If you smoke, your body might lose collagen faster. This loss of collagen can increase your risk of inflammation and might leave you with noticeable lines around your mouth. Air Pollution The air you breathe could also increase your risk for developing wrinkles. Smog, chemicals, and toxins in the air could strip your skin of important levels of vitamin E. Without this essential vitamin, your skin is more susceptible to problems like wrinkles. Whether you already have wrinkles or you want to prevent them, the doctors at Specialists in Dermatology can help. Our dermatologists offer some of the best skin services in the Tucson area. To learn more about our services or to schedule an appointment, visit us online or call (520) 382-3330.