Forehead Wrinkles or fine lines – most would say that these wrinkles should be worn proudly because they are a surefire sign that you had or you are living a life filled with fun, adventure, passion, and excitement.
Ok, ok I might be a little sugarcoating the way to look at your wrinkled forehead because, let’s admit it, those creases and ridges on forehead, combined with the multiple fine lines look pretty ugly…
To make matters worse, it’s not just about a matter of aesthetics because wrinkles are often a sign of some skin damage.
Your forehead is actually prone to get wrinkles easily and the explanation to this will be revealed later on, but, let’s look on the brighter side, there are many ways to reduce forehead wrinkles: you will be able to choose between treatments that can either be professionally done or done at home without any professional assistance.
So how to get rid of forehead wrinkles for men and women ? Before we get into that, let’s first understand how wrinkles are formed and why our skin forms wrinkles in the first place, to better understand how we can prevent and effectively treat them.
- 1 Why and how does our skin form wrinkles?
- 2 What are the common types of wrinkles?
- 3 The specificity of forehead wrinkles
- 4 How to get rid of forehead wrinkles with Medical / Surgical treatments
- 5 How to get rid of forehead wrinkles with Treatments For Home Use
- 6 DIY Home Wrinkle Solutions
- 7 Supplements to remove forehead Wrinkles
Why and how does our skin form wrinkles?
There are plenty of reasons why our skin forms wrinkles and here are the most common forehead wrinkles causes with their explanation:
Reason 1: Aging
There are proteins that are found in the skin’s deeper layer called collagen and elastin. These guys are responsible for your skin youth.
- Collagen is mainly responsible for creating stronger, thicker and firmer skin
- Elastin promotes your skin’s elasticity enabling your skin to stretch and snap back.
You’ll have no problems with these proteins when you’re younger, but as we advance in years, our skin loses elastin fibers, which results in your skin being less bouncy and stretchy, and leads to a disorganization of the rest of the other protein fibers.
Blood vessels also shrivel up as we age and this results in your skin being deprived of oxygen and nutrients. Thus, wrinkles, worry-lines, laugh-lines or however you want to refer to them, form.
Collagen is also lost in the skin as we age. If you couple that with good old gravity and the common occurrence of muscles losing their tension, you get sagging skin and wrinkles. There’s also losing fat underneath the skin, changing hormone levels and so many more factors that come with aging that causes the skin to form wrinkles. This is a normal process as we age, but the good news is that there are multiple ways to slow down this aging process.
Reason 2: Sun Exposure
It’s not only moisture that our skin loses when it is exposed to sunlight. As you have read just earlier, our skin does lose collagen as we age, but if we expose it to sunlight, the loss of collagen will be at a much faster rate. This is one of the reasons why some people have forehead wrinkles at 20. They got too much sun exposure during childhood.
Remember this : the more sunlight you get, the nicer your tan, and the earlier you will get wrinkles. Yep, you have got to choose between tanning or younger skin…. I definitely chose younger skin with self-tanners 🙂
Reason 3: Smiling, Frowning and other Repetitive Facial Movements
How often in a day do you move your forehead?
Think about it. How often do you express your emotions through your facial movements in a day? The answer is pretty often, right? Then there you have it.
Every time you express how you feel through your facial expressions your forehead moves too. Because of the loss of collagen and elastin, your skin will have trouble “springing” back or snaping back to its original state. In the long run, these repetitive facial movements can cause permanent wrinkles on your forehead especially when you add in the mix aging, gravity, sun damage, and hormonal changes…
Reason 4: Free Radicals
Do these sound familiar? You may have encountered this term in one or two skincare articles. To understand free radicals, you have to understand chemical bonding too, but I clearly don’t want to bore you with complex chemical theory.
So, essentially what you need to know about them is that in a nutshell, free radicals are very unstable molecules that can damage cells in your body.
Think of them as a combination of the mad hatter in Alice in Wonderland and a vampire. I know it sounds odd but bear with me. Free radicals will act crazily on any cells or molecules they encounter, by “sucking”, robbing some life force out of good cells, molecules, proteins turning them into damaged ones as a result.
Free radicals can be formed naturally in the body, for example to neutralize viruses or bacteria. The good thing is our body can usually handle the amount it produces on its own, but it won’t once there’s too much of the free radicals in our system.
Guess what? Pollution, UV radiation, cigarette smoke can generate free radicals.
The free radicals affect the body in different ways, but with the skin, it ages it prematurely, by causing oxydative damage, which means damaging the key proteins (elastin, collagen) damaging the skin cells and speeding up the wrinkle formation.
Ok but is there a solution to counteract these crazy free radicals? Of course there are and we will have a look at them in the following paragraphs.
What are the common types of wrinkles?
There are four common types of wrinkles depending on their cause and depth, which means that each type might not respond to the same procedures or treatments.
Type 1: Atrophic Crinkles and Rhytids
This type of wrinkle appears as fine lines that are usually observed to be close or parallel to each other. This type of wrinkle appears in different parts of the body as well as the face. When you stretch out the part of the face or body that has atrophic crinkling rhytids, the area will smoothen out which may indicate that this wrinkle is mostly caused by the loss of the skin’s elasticity and firmness. This is an example of static wrinkles.
Type 2: Permanent Elastic Creases
These wrinkles are light creases on the skin that become deeper and more visible as time goes by. This is worsened with excessive sun exposure. You can commonly see these wrinkles on the cheeks, upper lip and base of the neck. You’ll also mostly see this type of wrinkle on smokers and people who don’t use sunscreen to protect their skin. This is another example of static wrinkles.
Type 3: Gravitational Folds
It’s gravity again and it causes the next type of wrinkle which is the gravitational fold wrinkle. As you may have guessed, this type of wrinkle appears because of the effect of gravity. The areas on the face where your skin is thinner are usually affected the most by this type of wrinkle as thinner skin cannot compensate the gravity effect: the cheeks, the brow area…
Note that studies indicate that a plumper face (more hydrated skin, hence thicker skin) may show fewer gravity folds than a lean face. This is also an example of static wrinkles.
Type 4: Dynamic Expression Lines
Lastly, we have the last type of wrinkle which is caused by frequent facial expressions. You’ll commonly see these lines at the side of the eye (crow’s feet wrinkles), the area between the brows (frown lines), the forehead wrinkles and side of the mouth.
Note that the types of wrinkles can also be categorized into dynamic and static.
- Dynamic wrinkles are those that appear when a person has a specific facial expression on. When the expression or facial tension is finished, the lines disappear.
- The next one is static, which is a wrinkle that appears on the skin naturally as we age. This category includes the 3 types of static wrinkles discussed above.
Our forehead has a combination of the wrinkles mentionned above that is why we will often have to combine different wrinkle treatments to target each type for an effective overall result.
The specificity of forehead wrinkles
Let’s talk about this since forehead wrinkles are our main subject for this guide.
Did you know that the forehead is different from other areas of the skin, which is why the formation of wrinkles on that area is also different? Here’s how.
Your forehead is usually the first face area to get wrinkles, because:
- It’s the first thing the sun hits and we already know that sun exposure can lead to early creases and lead to forhead wrinkles at 25.
- It doesn’t have any fat underneath it. Everything below our eyes has fat pockets underneath. The forehead is the only area of the face that doesn’t have fat underneath. What does fat have to do with wrinkles? More than we think. Let’s imagine an empty balloon first. When the balloon has no air or water in it, you’ll see folds, right? It’s the same with areas of our face. If it doesn’t have “filling” (fat) underneath, it’s more susceptible to get wrinkles. Yep, wrinkles and fine lines on forehead will show much more quickly.
- Our forehead skin moves pretty often with every emotion we express through our face, hence the formation of expression lines or forehead lines.
So, this is how forehead skin is different from the rest of the skin on our face.
Now that we know these details, we can finally move on the next topic in this guide or the meaty part: the treatments 🙂
There are lots of wrinkle solutions out there in the market. Note that there is not one best way to reduce forehead wrinkles as you might need to combine different treatments to treat your wrinkled forehead.
First we will cover the medical solutions by professionals, then the home based treatments that are more and more comparable to professional solutions and eventually some homemade recipes for those who prefer the DIY way.
How to get rid of forehead wrinkles with Medical / Surgical treatments
Let’s explore the medical treatments you can consider to remoce forehead wrinkles and fine lines with medical professionals.
You’ve seen this on TV and it is as effective as they say it is. Botox is the trade name for Onabotulinumtoxin A, which is one of the most lethal toxins we know. Of course, don’t be scared, very tiny doses are used for cosmetic skin treatment and are considered very safe when perfomed by medical professionals.
Botox is definitely an effective deep forehead wrinkles treatment. It is the treatment of choice for the forehead area.
How does it work?
It is an effective muscle paralyzing substance that is injected into or near specific facial muscles by a doctor to weaken or prevent them from contrating for a period of months. As a result, forehead dynamic expression wrinkles disappear because the facial muscles are relaxed and can no longer create those wrinkles. This is why Botox is considered by most doctors as the best way to reduce forehead wrinkles.
How is it performed?
The doctor will numb the forehead area with a local anesthetic (often a numbing cream). Once the forehead is numb, the doctor will inject precise amounts of botox into several locations along the forehead to target specific muscles in order to paralyse them. Because those muscles can no longer contract or tighten, the forehead skin will smooth out and give a less wrinkled appearance.
You should notice some effect in 2 or 3 days. Over the course of 7-10 days, the effect will become stronger and more visible. This delay in seeing results is due to the time it takes for the muscles to start reacting to the toxin.
How long will it last?
The effects of Botox usually last 3 to 6 months after which, you need to go in for another session. Yeah, I know it is not very convenient but look on the bright side. The effect will wear off after a while so if you don’t like the results, you know it is reversible.
Botox is great for:
- Wrinkles and fine lines caused by repetitive facial movements
- Preventing new lines from appearing
For the forehead, the cost is usually anywhere between $400 and $600 every 3 – 6 months depending on the location and experience of the injector. Yep, what matters most is the injector as we are dealing here with a lethal toxin that needs to be properly injected to avoid any side effects.
What are the side effects of getting Botox?
Botox can have side effects when not performed properly. It could lead to droopy brows and eyelids if the doctor injected too much botox in the forehead, as muscles in the forehead would not be able to raise the brows at all… or even worse lead to blurry vision…
This is why it is so important to pick a skilled professional who has perfect knowledge of the anatomy of the facial muscles to do the procedure correctly. In a nutshell, the right amount has to be injected in the right area.
Important things to know about Botox:
Because of its popularity, there have been a lot of back alley deals offering very cheap Botox injections. We strongly recommend you to avoid those too good to be true deals: some injectors are not even certified or properly trained; some use very diluted botox etc… Better be on the safe side.
Dysport is very much like Botox. It is another brand. It’s also derived from the same botulinum toxin A that is injected into the skin to reduce wrinkles and facial fine lines by paralysing the facial muscles. Infact, dysport is gaining popularity over botox for a few reasons.
What’s the difference between Botox and Dysport?
- The Dysport protein is a bit smaller so it can reach quicker the target muscles and trigger the relaxing effect quicker. Dysport will work a bit faster than botox, by one or 2 days earlier in average, which means the effect is more immediate than botox.
- Dysport can spread wider from the injection sites than botox because of its smaller molecule size. That is a good thing when treating broad area such as the forehead as it will require fewer injections.
- Dysport is diluted and dosed a bit differently from botox but that is not really important for you, it simply means that the injector must take that into account when determining the number of units he will inject.
- Some medical experts claim that dysport lasts a bit longer than botox…
- Dysport is a bit cheaper than botox, probably because its manufacturer wants to compete with botox and gain more market shares, this is good news for the patients 🙂
So dysport is a perfect equivalent to botox with a faster onset at a cheaper price point.
Dysport is great for:
- Wrinkles and fine lines caused by repetitive facial movements
- Preventing new lines from appearing
For the forehead wrinkles removal, the cost range is between $350 and $550 every 3 – 6 months depending on the location and experience of the injector.
What are the side effects of getting Dysport?
The side effects of using Dysport are similar to the side effects of using Botox. If not administered properly, it could lead to uneven facial features and eventually drooping of the area where Dysport was injected.
Keep also in mind that the downside of the smaller size of dysport proteins compared to botox ones is that the toxin can spread wider from the injection site so the injector must be even more careful not to let the toxin spread beyond the desired treatment area…. That means you must make sure to consult someone who is perfectly trained and is used to injecting dysport specifically.
If the doctor you consult has never worked with dysport but only with botox and intends to use dysport on your forehead…. My piece of advice is RUN.
Are the results going to differ when you use Dysport instead of Botox?
Good question. Essentially, there isn’t much difference in results between these two. Some patients have noted that the effects of Dysport last a bit longer than Botox, but it’s not that big of a difference. What your doctor uses ultimately boils down to his experience and skills with using the product. If you wish to try the Dysport, make sure to voice out your preference with your doctor as not every clinic carries Dysport.
After the botox and dysport treatment, if you prefer to know how to get rid of forehead wrinkles without botox, the following treatments are right up your alley.
Facial Fillers for wrinkles on the forehead
Fillers are cosmetic injectables, which do what their name suggests – they fill a cavity or a space in order to make it appear smoother, flatter, or plumper. Most doctors would use the term “volumize” to describe the effects of fillers because that’s what they essentially do.
They are not as popular or effective as botox combined with laser resurfacing or microdermabrasion, but some doctors still like to combine them with botox.
What are different dermal fillers used for forehead wrinkles?
There are many types of fillers but for the forehead, mostly one type is used to treat fine lines or wrinkles: hyaluronic acid.
Hyaluronic acid or HA is already a naturally occurring substance found in our skin. This is a popular filler because it is natural and it keeps skin plump and hydrated. It serves as a cushion to support facial structures and tissues that have lost volume or elasticity due to aging.
Common types of this kind of filler are:
- Prevelle is the thinnest hyaluronic acid in the market; it lasts about 3-4 months. Prevelle has the shortest longevity. It is not very popular because of its short duration but it is perfect for patients who are new to fillers and are nervous about the results and prefer to test fillers first before resorting to longer lasting fillers.
- Belotero is very thin as well but a tad thicker than prevelle. As a result, it lasts a bit longer. Its longevity is about 6 months. This filler is gaining popularity, as it has a good duration and is easy to inject without lumps or major side effects.
Prevelle and belotero are mostly used to treat fine lines, or very superficial forehead wrinkles.
- Restylane, also a hyaluronic acid, is thicker than belotero, it lasts about 6-9 months.
- Juvederm is also thicker than belotero and is the acid hyaluronic that lasts the longest 9- 12 months. It is considered to be smoother and easier to inject than restylane.
Restylane and juvederm are more suited for deep forehead wrinkles that need a more volumizing effect.
What you need to keep in mind with fillers is:
Thinner fillers don’t last as long as thicker ones; the more movement in the area, the faster the fillers dissolve (that is why combining botox and fillers is an effective treatment as forehead muscles won’t move as much)
|Filler||Types of wrinkles||Effect Duration|
|Prevelle||Fine Lines||3-4 months|
|Belotero||Fine Lines||6 months|
|Restylane||Deep wrinkles||6-9 months|
|Juvederm||Deep Wrinkles||9-12 months|
Fillers are great for:
- Deep wrinkles and fine lines
- Augmenting facial features like the cheeks and lips
Depending on the amount of required fillers, the filler brand and the experience of the injector, the cost is around $400 – $800 per session. You will need to do it every 3 or 6 or 9 or 12 months depending on the type of fillers you chose, to maintain the results.
What are the side effects of getting Facial Fillers?
Because it is also an injectable, it has similar side effects to Botox and Dysport.
If administered by someone who lacks skill and experience, the filler could migrate into other parts of the face and can cause lumps, which lead to uneven facial features. It can even lead to major side effects such as blindness.
That is why we strongly recommend you to check the credentials of the injector first before doing anything.
Botox and Dysport VS Facial Fillers
Now, let’s talk about this because most might be wondering why facial fillers even exist when Botox is already on the main stage of medical wrinkle treatments. Well, the straight to the point answer is: they don’t target the same wrinkles.
- Botox treats dynamic wrinkles, which appear only when you make a facial expression.
- Fillers treat static wrinkles, which are visible even when your face is in a neutral expression.
Dermabrasion to remove forehead wrinkles
Dermabrasion is a medical treatment that requires a wire brush or wand to remove the top layers of the skin. It is a mechanical exfoliation that is pretty strong in order to get deep enough to treat wrinkles and fine lines. Once the top skin layers are removed, fresher and younger skin will grow to replace them
How is it performed?
After numbing your skin area to be treated, the doctor uses a brush to take off the top layers of skin. Note that some freezing spray can be used to make the skin firmer and easier to work on. (It is easier to “sand” a hard surface than a soft one)
Once the treatment is over, the area is covered with a dressing or ointment to let the skin heal an regenerate.
Note that you will need to wait a few days (5 days – 10 days) to let new skin grow back.
Most people won’t feel any pain or disconfort but if necessary, once the numbing effect wears off, you can feel some tightness…you can ask your doctor to prescribe some painkillers. Some redness and light irritation can occur at first but will fade away after a few days.
A medical dermabrasion session will cost around $1500 -$2000 per treatment. Note that in some cases, another session is required to get the desired results.
If you prefer a lighter alternative to dermabrasion, with less downtime, you can try microdermabrasion instead. It is way more affordable as you won’t go as deep but with multiple sessions, you still can get good results on most fine lines and wrinkles.
Microdermabrasion machines for home use are very popular, as they are effective and more affordable in the long run.
Nowadays, most people prefer to buy their own microdermabrasion machine because they can use it as many times as they want without leaving their house. Check our reviews of Home Microdermabrasions machines HERE.
Laser Resurfacing Treatment
This is the treatment that is most often combined with botox to get rid of deep forehead wrinkles.
However, this kind of treatment is not just for wrinkles. Skin doctors also use it to treat facial irregularities, blemishes and acne scars too.
How does it work?
The laser tool focuses energy and delivers short pulsating beams of light to the affected area, which removes the skin layer after layer. It is also what we call an ablative laser.
Ablative lasers will strip away or vaporize the outer layer of skin whereas the non-ablative lasers do not ablate (vaporize or remove) skin but heat the deep portion of the skin to stimulate new collagen to grow.
Most doctors use ablative lasers to treat forehead wrinkles, by removing the old wrinkled forehead skin and creating new wrinkle-free skin with thicker dermis. Of course the deeper the wrinkles, the less easy it is to treat.
In today’s market, you’ll find mainly two commonly used lasers in clinics: CO2 (carbon dioxide) and erbium based. They each can be either used with a 100% resurfacing mode or fractional mode.
100% resurfacing mode
- 100 % CO2 laser
- Erbium laser or Er: YAG laser
- Fractional C02
- Fraxel (erbium type)
100% Resurfacing mode vs Fractional mode
100% resurfacing lasers treat the whole skin area with its laser beam “burning” the whole skin area whereas fractional lasers will have its beam fractionated into a pattern where only some parts are destroyed and the other parts are not.
That is why fractional lasers are said to be less invasive with less downtime.
As you can imagine, 100% resurfacing mode is more suited for deeper wrinkles, which will require more recovery time.
CO2 vs Erbium
The CO2 laser delivers continuous light beams in a scanning pattern with some heat damage. Erbium laser, on the other hand, is gentler and delivers very minimal heat damage to the surrounding tissues.
So CO2 lasers are more powerful and lead to a longer downtime. A patient may recover as early as one week after undergoing Erbium laser treatment and might need 2-3 weeks with a CO2 based laser.
Laser Resurfacing Treatments are great for:
- Wrinkles and fine lines
- Semi-deep lines on the face, neck, hands and chest
- Augmenting facial features like the cheeks and lips
$ 4000 – $ 6000 per treatment with most lasers. With some other lasers, the cost might be lower but may require several treatments, which would give more or less the same total amount.
What are the side effects of getting Laser Resurfacing Treatment?
As mentioned, you will be experiencing some downtime. The length will vary, but during this period you might experience swelling, redness and tenderness of the area the laser was applied to. You can also be prone to infection and breakouts so it’s important that you follow your doctor’s after-care instructions.
Note that among the side effects, skin bleaching and scarring are possible especially if the lasers go too deep and destroy skin pigments.
Another method of treating forehead wrinkles is surgery. With this method, it’s important to remember that not everyone is a candidate for going under the knife.
Your doctor will be the best judge as he or she will be the one assessing your skin’s condition. He/ she might just suggest surgery or he/she might suggest a non-surgical approach.
The two most common surgical procedures to eliminate forehead wrinkles are:
- Brow Lifts
- Forehead Lifts
You have to understand that these terms get interchanged often because they can be the same thing depending on what kind of technique your surgeon uses on you.
This procedure is generally done with some small incisions or one bigger incision on the hairline or scalp. There are many techniques to doing a forehead lift, but the goal is to either shorten the space between the brows and the hairline or lift the hairline higher which can also be a brow lift if you really think about it.
Brow lifts, on the other hand, are any kind of surgical procedure that lifts the brows. Forehead lifts can also be brow lifts, mentioned earlier, as they tighten the forehead and lift the brows at the same time.
Both can reduce forehead wrinkles by stretching the skin and smoothing it out while making the eyes appear more open and the face appear more youthful.
The results of a lift surgery are immediately visible. Over time, post-surgical swelling will slowly resolve and incision lines will be less visible.
the average cost for forehead lift is anywhere between $5000 and $7000
As with most surgical procedures, there are some potential complications that can occur such as some temporary bleeding, swelling etc…. The types of complications that are possible depend on the technique that is chosen. Hair loss and numbness are common around the incision sites. Some atrophic scars can also occur.
Chemical peels do what its name suggests it does – it “peels” the outer layer(s) of the skin so the newer layer, which looks young, smooth and wrinkle-less, resurfaces.
To do this, acidic chemicals are applied to the face to initiate the peeling process. There are different types of chemical peels that can vary depending on the acid peeling agent used and its concentration.
- Light peels use Alpha hydroxy acid (AHA), like glycolic acid as the peeling agent, and/or Beta hydroxy acid (BHA), such as salicylic acid.
- Mild peels use the popular Trichloroacetic acid (TCA). This TCA peel is by far the most widely used by dermatologists.
- One good example of a deeper kind of peel is a Phenol peel, which is the strongest one. It’s not as popular because it has a bit of downtime because of the full-peeling effect it gives. Despite the downtime, it is the peel that gives off the best result among the chemical peels. Note that it can be toxic to the kidneys and lead to some skin bleaching.
High concentration peels (50-70% TCA) are only performed by a medical expert to avoid any side effects from misuse.
Medium concentration peels (15- 30% TCA) are available for home use treatment. They work great on forehead wrinkles and on skin rejuvenation. There are many affordable home kits proposed by many brands. Make sure to buy from reputable brands such as this brand here we like on Amazon . Their products are super effective and are really cost effective. Some brands charge way too much or even worse sell fake products. There was also another brand we used to recommend but they seem to have stopped their operations.
How is the treatment usually performed?
The doctor will ask you to wash your face first and often use an alcohol wipe to remove the remaining face oil to maximize the peel agent action.
He or she will apply the chemical peel on the face making sure to avoid the eyes and mouth. You can focus on the forehead if you want but we like to do it on the whole face to treat other wrinkles too and get a more stunning effect.
You will wait for the chemical peel to sit on your skin for a few minutes and then the doctor will wash it with water to neutralize the acid and stop the peeling process on your skin. He will apply a thick layer of cream or vaseline to protect your skin. And voilà it is done.
You will be requested not to wash your face for 24 hours to let your skin heal.
After a few days, your skin transformation will begin. The old layers of skin will peel off of your face and reveal younger and fresher skin 🙂
Chemical Peels are great for:
- Wrinkles and fine lines
- Acne and Rosacea
- Deeper wrinkles for deeper peels
- Sun damage and scarring
Professional peels can cost $2000 – $5000 (high concentration peels). Home-based peels (medium concentration peels) cost around $20 – $50 like this one here through Amazon.
With 1 bottle (around $30) you can often do 15 to 20 facial chemical peel… if you do the math, you ‘ll know that it is super cost effective 🙂
What are the side effects of getting a Chemical Peel?
The severity of the side effects will depend on what type of peel you are going to get. If the peel is superficial to medium, side effects could include some temporary skin irritation, itching, dryness, redness and tightening. For higher-level peels, those side effects are more intense.
How to get rid of forehead wrinkles with Treatments For Home Use
We have just covered the the medical solutions, but if you want to know how to get rid of forehead wrinkles without botox, let’s move on to the forehead wrinkle treatments you can try for home use to remove those pesky creases and fine lines.
Microdermabrasion machines for home use
Microdermabrasion is a very popular beauty treatment among actors and actresses where the outermost layer of the skin is exfoliated, removing dead skin cells and revealing younger, newer skin underneath.
It is the lighter version of dermabrasion, which was covered in the medical treatment part.
Microdermabrasion uses a wand with tiny diamond crystals at the tip to “sand” the skin and deeply exfoliate the skin.
This is a great treatment for superficial and moderate forehead wrinkles. With deeper ones, it won’t work as well, unfortunately, since the problem goes past the outermost layer of the skin.
Consistent microdermabrasion treatments, however, will benefit your skin in a number of ways:
- improve the appearance of wrinkles on forehead and on the rest of your face.
- diminish superficial scars.
- improve your skin’s texture.
- help your skin get that radiating glow.
The results will depend on how intense your microdermabrasion is and how many sessions you get but, more often than not, it really helps reduce the appearance of irregularities on your skin. You can opt to have this procedure done professionally in a spa salon or at home with powerful microdermabrasion machines for home use that are very similar to professional ones.
You will need to buy a microdermabrasion machine that you can use as many times as you want. The cost of most machines is between $180 and $300, which is way more affordable than the cost of a microdermabrasion session in a spa ($150 – $300 per session). Imagine if you need 5 microdermabrasion sessions. That would cost you $750 – $1500…. that is why most people prefer to buy their own machine to use in the comfort of their home.
Some of our readers even rent it for a small fee to neighbours or even organize microdermabrasion parties with friends :). You can check the microdermabrasion machines we reviewed HERE .
You skin might be a little red for a few hours but redness should fade after pretty quickly.
Note: remember to use good anti wrinkle serums right after the microdermabrasion session to maximize the benefits of the serum, as it will better penetrate the skin once the dead skin cell layer is removed. For example : Vitamin C serums ( Check our review of the best vit C serums HERE)
Chemical peels for home use
We have already covered the chemical peels in the medical procedures.
As a reminder, chemical peels use acidic chemicals to remove the top skin layers in order to let younger skin resurface. The peeling effect will depend on the type of acid used and its concentration.
- Light peels: alpha hydroxy acid (AHA) ex: glycolic acid or beta hydroxy acid (BHA) ex: salicylic acid
- Mild peels: Trichloroacetic acid (TCA). It is the most popular peel
- Deep peel: Phenol peel, which is the strongest one, is only used for medical procedures. The flipside is that it can be toxic to the kidneys and lead to some skin bleaching.
You can find very affordable chemical peel kits for home use with almost the same concentration as those used by dermatologists, except the phenol peel. They are very effective to treat wrinkles and very affordable, which is why they are so popular.
As we mentioned it in the chemical peel section in the medical procedures, many brands propose almost any peel strength you need depending on your skin condition.
We tested a few chemical peeling brands. The brand we we really like so far is this one (on Amazon) as their products are very effective, good quality and at a reasonable price point. We also tested this one through Amazon which is effective as well.
Note: chemical peels for home use have lower concentrations than professional ones, so to get similar results you might need a few more sessions with the home use treatments. On the positive side, that means a much safer and more gradual skin rejuvenation process with less downtime.
Cost: professional peels are pretty expensive $2000 – $5000, whereas home based peels cost around $20 – $50. (One bottle usually gives you 15 to 20 peels)
Be careful: If you decide to try such chemical peels for home use, we strongly remind you to follow the instructions to a T. For first timers, we recommend you to start with low concentrations and gradually build your way up from there with higher levels.
Forehead wrinkle creams or serums
Many readers keep asking us the same question. Are there effective anti wrinkle products for forehead wrinkles?
The short answer is YES and we will also add that you don’t need to buy super expensive products to get results. As you already know at myawesomebeauty.com, we don’t buy all that marketing fluff that many cosmetic brands try to sell us.
We want cost effective products with real results. Period.
We don’t care about the brand whether it is hype, trendy or not…. (Ok ok, for my smartphone, I admit my boyfriend did convince me to buy an iphone, I am now officially addicted to apple products but that is my only soft spot haha)
We want tried and tested products that deliver. And we want to get our money’s worth.
So let me repeat it if necessary: You don’t need to pay $300 serums to get results!!!
If you are serious about removing those pesky wrinkles on your forehead, you need to use antiwrinkle serums. Creams are important too but less than serums for sure. (Daily face cleansing is also a must but you already know that 🙂 )
Why are serums important for forehead fine lines and wrinkles?
Serums are the most active cosmetics when it comes to antiaging.
Simply because they contain the highest concentration of active ingredients possible.
This is often the first product you apply on your skin after face cleansing to let your skin absorb it as much as possible. That enables the active ingredients to reach deeper skin layers and do wonders.
It goes without saying that you need to use those products on a regular basis if you want to get results. Use them at least for 1 month to 3 months to let your skin benefit from those active ingredients. 1 month is the minimal duration as your skin needs 28 days to renew itself, sloughing off old dead skin cells and replacing them with young and fresh new ones.
What antiwrinkle serums and ingredients to use for wrinkles?
Without a doubt we recommend you to focus on those active ingredients that are recommended by dermatologists for an obvious reason: they work 🙂
- Vitamin C – a very effective ingredient, not just for anti-wrinkle creams, gels or serums, but for any skincare product in general. It is a potent antioxidant that can neutralize free radicals and boost your skin collagen production to make your skin way firmer and help your skin smooth outh those forehead creases. Check our extensive no BS guide about the best vitamin C serums HERE. It explains you everything you need to know to pick the right vitamin C serum depending on your skin type and budget.
- Retinol – Retinol is a vitamin-A compound. It is very popular because it was the first antioxidant to be widely used in over-the-counter creams. Vitamin A is an extremely effective skin-rejuvenating ingredient that can reduce wrinkles and fine lines by speeding up the skin renewal process for firmer and younger skin. We are still working on our guide about vitamin A serums but the ones we like so far from our current testing are those 2 serums:this one (Amazon) and this one via Amazon
There are also some very interesting active ingredients that could really give your skin a nice boost such as
- Hyaluronic acid: Hyaluronic acid is a powerful moisture-binding ingredient that can hold 1000 times its weight in water. It can hold water and retain moisture to keep your skin plump and fully hydrated. Skin looks smoother and moisturised, which helps improve the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.
- The Acid Family: Hydroxy acids, Alpha hydroxy acids, Beta hydroxy acids and Poly hydroxy acids – these acids can be very effective in exfoliating the skin, removing the upper layer or the old skin, and revealing the lower layer which is the new skin. Of course, the amounts found in creams, gels or serums are not as high as those applied during chemical peels but help to maintain the results.
- Coenzyme Q10 – This ingredient is very popular with Asian skincare products. This is because it helps reduce fine wrinkles around the eyes and it also has sun-protecting properties.
- Tea extracts – Whether it is green or black, these kinds of ingredients are rich in anti-oxidants and they have anti-inflammatory properties that can be wonderful for the skin.
- Grape seed extract – It’s common knowledge that grape seed contains anti-oxidants and anti-inflammatory agents. It’s also good for the skin because of its healing properties.
- Niacinamide – Last but not the least is Niacinamide which is also a potent antioxidant that helps maintain the skin’s moisture and elasticity.
Is it really possible to use facial exercises to reduce forehead wrinkles? Well, we think it is. there are several exercises that you can do to improve or prevent forehead and, in general, facial wrinkles. These are based off of resistance and movement.
Wait, won’t facial exercises produce more expressions lines?
That’s a good question. The answer is no because most exercises are created to strengthen the muscles that are underutilized. Some wrinkles are due to the constant facial expression you make which overuse some muscles and underuse some muscles. As a result, you have some imbalance that results in wrinkles.
The idea of face exercises is to rebalance the whole muscular network and avoid excessive muscle contraction.
The other benefit of facial exercises is increased blood circulation, which increases skin elasticity and collagen production. That helps your skin rejuvenate and get healthier.
Examples of Facial Exercises to Remove forehead Wrinkles
As mentioned earlier, one cause of forehead wrinkles is excessive facial movements. The lines are produced when our eyebrows raise or come together. In this facial exercise, all you have to do is raise your eyebrows, but, to create a bit of resistance, you’re going to use your fingers
- Place the 4 fingers of each hand along your forehead, right below your hairline
- Raise your eyebrows as high as you can
- At the same time pressing firmly, using your hands push your forehead skin down as if you wanted to resist the upward pull.
- then do the opposite
- Place your 4 fingers of each hand along your forehead right above your eyebrows.
- Contract your muscles as if you were drawing your brows down to frown
- At the same time firmly move the fingers up toward the hairline.
- repeat this cycle 10 times
You can do this exercise lying on your back on your bed to make it easier.
This exercise will help improve the deep forehead lines by “retraining” your forehead muscles.
Here’s another exercise that can also reduce forehead wrinkles:
- Make fists with both of your hands.
- Place the folded middle and index fingers of both fists in the middle of your forehead.
- Pull the skin towards the outer parts of your forehead while applying some pressure on your forehead as if you wanted to iron it.
- Do it 30 times to relax the forehead and increase the blood flow in this area.
Note: make sure not to use any oil or cream when doing those exercises as you need to get enough grip to do them correctly.
If you want to get more advanced facial exercises, have a look at Carolyn website, we love her complete facial program that gave us great results but as for everything you need to give some time and be committed to get results. Check it here.
DIY Home Wrinkle Solutions
Why and how to get rid of forehead wrinkles with homemade recipes? In most cases, wrinkle creams can be quite pricey. So for many, the solution has been to make their own anti wrinkle products with natural and healthy ingredients that have other skin beautifying benefits. This way, you can control what ingredient goes into your mixture and you can even add ones that you think your skin might benefit from.
Here are a couple of home recipes you can try:
The forehead wrinkle remover
Although temporary, this forehead wrinkle remover mask is very effective in minimizing the appearance of forehead wrinkles.
Did you know that egg whites have a tightening and toning effect on the skin? And, it’s not just pores that it tightens, but also fine lines and light wrinkles. Egg whites are also rich in protein, potassium, and magnesium which all contribute to get more radiant skin.
Aloe vera is an awesome hydrating and rejuvenating ingredient that is often used to speed up the healing of burns. If you need a hydrating mask, simply apply some pure aloe vera gel on your face and let your skin “drink” it for 20 minutes 🙂
Avocado oil is my new best friend as it is a great emollient that increases epidermal elasticity.
- one raw egg
- 1 tbsp of aloe vera gel ( we used this one from Amazon , which has an great ratio quality/ cost)
- 1 tbsp of avocado oil such as this one via Amazon. this one is pretty cheap, there are more expensive ones but not really better quality from our testing.
- 2 small bowls
- A brush to apply the mixture with
- Crack the egg and separate the egg white into the other small bowl.
- Add in aloe vera gel and the avocado oil. Mix together.
- Apply the mixture on your face using the brush.
- Leave the mask on and let it dry for 20mins.
- Rinse it off with warm water and then pat your face dry.
Use this forehead wrinkle remover mask daily, as needed.
The milky coconut mask
This homemade anti wrinkle mask will also help improve forehead fine lines and wrinkles, (you can also use this lotion on cracked heels or dry hands)
Honey is an excellent hydrating ingredient that will retain moisture and get rid of the dehydration fine lines.
Coconut oil is an all time favorite among our team at myawesomebeauty.com as you can basically use it for everything, skin, hair mask. It also helps your skin stay nourished and hydrated
Milk is a good source of lactic acid which is very effective in toning and tightening the skin because lactic acid belongs to the family of alpha hydrox acids (the ones uses in chemical peels), of course we are not talking about the same concentrations and strength but you can still benefit from it.
Apple cider vinegar is also perfect as it is high is malic acid which is also another AHA. This will help get rid of the dead skin cells and boost your skin renewal.
- 1 teaspoon honey
- 2 teaspoon coconut oil ( we love that brand on Amazon for its quality and cheap price)
- 1 teaspoon powdered milk
- 1 teaspoon raw apple cider vinegar via Amazon(dilute it with 1 teaspon of water if your have sensitive skin). Stick with an organic brand as the last one we used was weird and seemed to have many useless additives.
- 1 small bowl
- A brush to apply the mixture with
- Combine all the ingredients in a small bowl you should get a nice smooth paste (a bit sticky though). If you made a mistake and the mix is too liquid you can add more powdered milk until you reach the right consistency
- Apply the mixture on your forehead (and other parts of your face as well)
- Massage the mask gently using a light circular motion.
- Leave the mask on for 10 – 15 minutes
- Rinse off with warm water.
- Apply your favorite moisturizer
Use once a week. Don’t use too frequently to avoid excessive irritation.
The sweet tonic forehead mask
This is another forehead mask that I love to do, I somethimes add some essential oils but I will keep it simple here.
the recipe requires yogurt in it, brown sugar, pure vitamin C and aloe vera.
Yogurt is rich in lactic acid, an alpha hydroxyacid AHA ( yeah we love AHAs) , which helps removing dead skin cells. The other good thing is that yogurt is thick and creamy which is perfect to get that ideal mask texture 🙂
Brown sugar is a natural source of glycolic acid, ( guess what? another AHA ) which is also the most affective alpha hydroxyacid. Paired with yogurt, you can imagine the exfoliating effect is even stronger. ( not as strong as the chemical peels we covered in the previous paragrahs up there, but they will give your skin a nice boost )
Vitamin C stimulates your skin collagen production for firmer skin. I prefer to use pure acid ascorbic to get a stronger effect. Note it is the same vitamin C powder that I use for my smoothies, love this brand 🙂
And we we also some aloe vera gel for its soothing and hydrating properties to fight the dehydration fine lines.
- Plain organic yogurt – 6 tablespoons
- Raw brown sugar – 3 tablespoons
- Vitamin C powder 2 tablespoons. My favorite brand on Amazon hands down for quality and price ( both my diy mask and healthy smoothies)
- Aloe vera gel (Amazon) 2 tablespoons
- A bowl
- A brush to apply the mix on face
- Mix all the ingredients in one bowl
- Let the mixture sit to dissolve the brown sugar ( you can use a blender to speed up the process)
- Apply a thick layer of the mixture on your forehead
- Let is sit for 20 minutes
- Rinse with water
- Apply your usual moisturizer.
Use once or twice a week.
Miranda kerr’s beauty secret for Wrinkles
You problably know Miranda kerr, one of the most famous victoria angels who is famous for her striking beauty and fawless skin.
In fact, rosehip oil is actually one of her beauty secrets behind her dewy and young skin.
In one interview, she mentioned that she uses rosehip oil to take care of her skin ! The reason why Rosehip oil is so effective with wrinkles is because it is a natural source of retinol, a form of vitamin A, which is a very powerful ingredient to repair damaged tissue and reduce wrinkles. (It is also very effective with scars). I love this oil. I use it almost every day with coconut oil.
She uses it pure but I like to add some other essential oils to boost its rejuvenating effect such as carrot seed oil and helichrysum oil to make it even more effective. ( me obsessed with effectiveness ? nah…. lol)
So I added 2 essential oils ( it is optional ):
- Carrot seed essential oil because it is another must have to fight wrinkles. It is packed with vitamins and nutrients such as carotenoids, which help detoxify and stimulate the rejuvenation of skin cells.
- The other essential oil I love is the “Immortal Flower” essential oil, Helichrysum oil. It really has great skin rejuvenation properties to improve skin complexion and reduce the signs of wrinkles. It boots skin microcirculation and
So we have here a great recipe to create a fantastic moisturizing serum for mature, wrinkled, dry, or damaged skin.
- 3 ounce (or 6 Tablespoons) of Rosehip Seed oil ( I am currently using this brand on Amazon)
- 4 drops of helichrysum italicum via Amazon (optional)
- 4 drops of carrot seed oil via Amazon (optional)
- Small bowl
- a small container with a dropper like this one we found on Amazon to pour the mix. ( stick with glass, don’t use plastic bottles with essential oils as they can interact with plastic)
- Mix all the ingredients in one bowl.
- Pour it in your glass container.
- Use it as a serum after washing your face and your toner
- Apply your usual moisturizer.
- Massage it unto your face once a day.
- Miranda Kerr uses it right before she goes to bed.
- be careful rose hip oil is yellow, and could tint your bed sheets as well…..
The Wrinkle Smoothening forehead Exfoliant
This exfoliant is pretty simple.
It contains aloe vera for moisturizing and hydrating the skin, some oil to lock in the moisture ( feel free to use whatever oil you want or have) and some sugar to remove dead skin cells, revealing the skin underneath that’s new and younger looking.
Use table sugar as its granules are rounder than salt ones, which makes them less abrasive. This makes them suitable for the face and sensitive skin in general. I use salt or sugar as my skin is pretty tough 🙂 but some of our readers have sensitive skin, so stick to sugar if this is your case.
- 1 tsp aloe vera (on Amazon)
- 2 tsp Almond oil ( use any vegetable oil you like )
- 3 tsp Sugar
- Small bowl
- In your bowl, put all of your ingredients
- Blend until all the ingredients are mixed well.
- Transfer the mixture into a small bowl or into a container with a lid.
Use the exfoliant once a week to remove the dead cells on your forehead
Supplements to remove forehead Wrinkles
We all know we should eat more fruits and vegetables in order to get more nutrients and minerals to get healthier and glowing skin. However, we also know it is not often enough especially when it comes to improving wrinkles.
So what can we do? So how to remove forehead wrinkles internally? Are there supplements that could really help us in this fight?
The answer is yes !!
We swear by 2 types of supplements:
- Vitamin C
Which Vitamin C supplement ?
We have already mentioned the importance of vitamin C as it is a potent antioxydant that can neutralize the free radicals we talked about when we covered the causes of wrinkles, we also mentioned the use of vitamins C serums here.
Indeed vit C serums are a definite must have to fight wrinkles but you could even get better results if you took vitamin C internally.
Of course, if you eat enough fruits that are rich in Vitamin C, you should be covered; but if you don’t or if you don’t find it convenient, you should take some supplements.
Vitamin C will boost your collagen production and improve your forehead wrinkles, as your skin gets stronger. I like this vitamin C powder form here from Amazon as I can mix it easily with my daily smoothie or any other cold beverage (don’t mix it with hot water to preserve its antioxydant properties and drink it quickly as vitamin C degrades quickly)
Which Collagen supplement?
If you remember what we told previously, most forehead wrinkles or fine lines on forehead come from a loss of your skin firmess and elasticity. That loss of skin firmess is mostly due to our loss of skin collagen.
That is why so many beauty experts do recommend collagen supplements as we age, in order to compensate this loss and get firmer skin.
I usually take collagen in the powder form. I add it in my daily smoothie at least 3 times a week. Some of my friends take it everyday (mind you, they are a bit older than me haha). The good thing is collagen is not only good for wrinkles; it is also very effective to keep your joints healthy.
The product I use also has vitamin C included, so it is pretty convenient. So when I take my collagen dose, I don’t need to add my vitamin C powder. It is also absolutely filler free. Just pure product. Check it here on Amazon.
There is also a supplement we came across that looks promising. It is here on Amazon. We heard a lot of good reviews about it but did not have time to test it yet. It is on our to do list. If any of you try it, feel free to let us know if it is worth it or a total waste of money.
Ok, so if you were brave enough to read our super long article about how to remove forehead wrinkles , we do hope it gave you a few options to try. Remember that to get the best results, you might have to combine a few of those treatments.
As usual, feel free to let us know the results you got or any other methods we forgot to mention in this article.
In the meantime, be beautiful and be awesome 🙂