Frown lines present a problem for most men: the more you see them, the more you end up frowning, furrowing your brows and deepening the wrinkles.
At some point, you need to do more for your facial lines than glare at them.
Whether you’re seeing the start of wrinkles on your face, or already have some pretty prominent lines detailing where you squint and frown, there are solutions to help you reduce or even eliminate them before they get out of control.
But before we explain how to make them disappear, we need to explain what’s actually going on with your skin.
We don’t know everything about why skin ages, but the two major theories of aging focus on two primary mechanisms for wrinkles: decreased function and DNA degradation (intrinsic factors) and external factors, like external sources of damage and free radicals.
Both theories have merit, and when it comes to your skin, you should consider them together to deal with your wrinkle problem.
Simply speaking, wrinkles are caused by short-term and long-term damage to the internal structures of your skin. But that damage can come in a number of forms, and for a variety of reasons. Too much sun? Damage. Bad diet? Damage. Not drinking enough water? Damage. Smoking? Lots of damage (and also lung damage. Stop smoking.)
And not to double down on this too hard, but damage really can come from a crazy number of factors — everything from air quality to your sleeping position.
Your skin has ways to combat this damage: it hydrates itself and replaces dead cells, so that the dry, hard looking ones fall away naturally. It also replaces the collagen to keep your skin firm, it deploys vitamin C to combat free radicals that throw off cellular reproduction caused by damage from the sun and air pollution.
But if you’re not taking care of yourself, if you’re not taking care of your skin or if you’re just plain old getting older, these processes become more challenging, and they may need some external help.
So what are frown lines?
Frown lines are a sort of repetitive stress injury in the wrinkle world: they appear and deepen because of constant furrowing of the brow and squinting of the eyes. Over time, the creases you used to see only when you made these motions start staying put even when your face is relaxed, and they deepen, making them look more intense.
The more you make these motions, the more your wrinkles deepen, and the harder your skin has to work to prevent and reverse damage caused by the stress. The lines are deepened as the skin loses its elasticity, but also as the skin loses moisture and becomes less firm.
According to the American Society for Dermatologic Surgery, there are several methods available for reducing or eliminating frown lines, and they go beyond surgery. Brow lifts are certainly an option, but before you go under the knife, you might want to consider other procedures, which can have immediate effects despite less extreme measures.
One such procedure would be injections like fillers or Botox®. Botox is good for wrinkles like frown lines, which are a form of dynamic wrinkle caused by muscle movements. But deep frown lines might also benefit from fillers, which are a moisture-retaining compound injected to “fill” out loose and not-so-firm skin.
There are also preventative measures to be considered, which might replace serious procedures with daily habits, some of which are good for your entire body. Preventative methods include getting a full night’s rest, wearing sunglasses, applying a daily moisturizer and training yourself not to squint or furrow, so as to avoid the repetitive motions that create these lines.
One simple but effective solution would be to add a wrinkle cream with a lot of moisture-retaining power of hyaluronic acid, which can help your skin maintain moisture. A good example, for instance, would be Hims Goodnight Wrinkle Cream. It’s the same active ingredient as many popular filler injections, but you spread it on before bed instead of paying a dermatologist to inject it directly into your face.
Wrinkles are a natural part of aging, but they don’t have to be ignored entirely, particularly if you’re seeing them long before retirement age.
We hate to be the bearers of worry, but if you’re seeing sudden wrinkles, you might want to first visit a healthcare provider, who can let you know if there are any bigger, more serious underlying causes to your wrinkles.
They can also give you some guidance if this is a problem you’ve just been neglecting for some time—better to address it now than when it’s too far gone.