Fact or Fiction: Wrinkles

By: Staff

Wrinkles form in the outermost layer of the skin: the epidermis.

Wrinkles form in the top two layers of the skin -- their appearance varies depending on the layer in which they form.

People with higher body mass indexes have increased skin aging.

People with lower body mass indexes tend to wrinkle more, in part because they have less soft facial tissue.

Staying out of the sun is the best way to prevent wrinkling.

Ninety percent of the wrinkles that dermatologists treat are from excessive exposure to the sun, not from the normal process of aging.

Smokers are much more likely to have wrinkled skin than nonsmokers.

Smoking constricts tiny facial blood vessels, which reduces the supply of oxygen and other nutrients. Smokers also get lines around their mouths from puckering to puff on cigarettes.

Dieting can cause wrinkles.

A habit of yo-yo dieting can stretch the skin, making it less elastic, while depleting the face's padding.

Researchers believe that wrinkles can be the result of eating too much fatty food.

The bad guy is sugar. A study found that by the time a person reaches 35, sugar starts to damage the skin's collagen and elastin.

The type of pillow you use can affect facial wrinkling.

If you're really serious about preventing wrinkles, try to sleep only on your back. Sleeping with your face pressed against the pillow can cause 'sleep lines' that, over the years, can turn into wrinkles.

Foods rich in vitamin B have been found to be effective in lessening wrinkles.

You might want to try edamame or soy milk instead. Studies have found that soybeans and other soy products have proven effective in firming compromised skin tissue.

Creme de la Mer is the best wrinkle cream out there.

Sorry, everyone -- no wrinkle cream has been found to have significant lasting results.

There might not be an all-powerful wrinkle cream out there, but products that contain salicylic acid and vitamin D could help.

There is some evidence that retinoic acid and antioxidants (like vitamins C and E) are effective.

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