Fine lines and wrinkles become unavoidable when we start aging. As we grow older our skin becomes dryer and less elastic. Most of us begin to develop fine lines and wrinkles by the age of 30 or 35. However, over exposure to the sun can highly enhance the aging process. Exposure to the sun results in the formation of deep wrinkles and furrows, along with changes in pigment and skin texture.
Facial lines and wrinkles form because of the following factors:
- Aging processes
- Sun damage
- Muscle movement
- Other skin diseases with a tendency to scar (eg: discoid lupus)
There is often a degree of asymmetry to the lines, as people tend to smile or frown more on one side than the other, or consistently sleep on the right or left side.
Fine lines arise because of irregular thickening of the dermis and because of a decrease in the amount of water held by the epidermis. This is mainly caused by sun damage and exposure to environmental toxins such at tobacco smoke.