How to Get Rid of Forehead Wrinkles, Stat

Options with and without needles ahead.

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Nowadays, there are so many wrinkle solutions, firming products, and smoothing treatments on the market that it's virtually impossible to tell which products actually work and which don't — not to mention, wrinkle-free skin doesn't exactly come cheap. Sure, forehead wrinkles are a natural part of aging, but that doesn't necessarily mean we have to sit back, relax, and enjoy every time they crease our flawless makeup application, right?

And if you've tried "wrinkle-erasing" product after product with little to no results, you're not alone. Tto save you the time and money of trial and error, we spoke with the experts to figure out proven ways to get rid of those fine lines for good.

Read on for the treatments — topical, injectable, and non-invasive — to help get rid of those pesky forehead wrinkles ASAP.

How to Prevent Forehead Wrinkles

Board certified dermatologist Jennifer MacGregor, M.D., at Union Square Laser Dermatology in NYC says that developing wrinkles and the types of wrinkles can be genetic (thanks mom and dad!) and based on lifestyle choices. Poor diet, smoking, drugs, stress, and chronic loss of sleep can all contribute to wrinkles.

And one other glaringly obvious way to prevent wrinkles is always applying broad-spectrum mineral-based SPF for UV protection daily. "You get sun damage and light exposure outside in a minute, and even indoors. Daily sunscreen should be like brushing your teeth: every day," says Dr. MacGregor.

How to Get Rid of Forehead Wrinkles

Topical Treatments

Believe it or not, there are some amazing topical products on the market that effectively treat forehead wrinkles if they're bothering you, says Dr. MacGregor.

  • Choose anti-inflammatory ingredients: "Inflammation tears up collagen and destroys skin," says Dr. MacGregor. Begin looking for products that contain mild niacinamide, colloidal oatmeal, and dimethicone to gently reduce any inflammation you may be experiencing.
  • Moisturize, moisturize, moisturize: Next, you'll want to incorporate products containing glycolic and hyaluronic acids to hydrate and plump, as well as protectants/occlusives (castor oil or vaseline) to lock in any of the moisture provided by the acids.
  • Try something stronger: If you're still finding yourself struggling to smooth wrinkles, Dr. MacGregor suggests trying active topicals containing tretinoin, retinols, antioxidants, peptides, and magnesium.
  • Slap on a wrinkle patch: According to Demirovic, a wrinkle patch, like the SiO Face Lift, can help to combat wrinkles by temporarily "freezing" muscles in the forehead.

Non-Invasive Treatments

There are also a ton of great non-invasive treatments that can reduce the appearance of lines and wrinkles, usually over time with multiple treatments, says esthetician Sai Demirovic, founder Glo Spa.

  • Chemical peels: By sloughing off dead skin, chemical peels reduce the appearance of thin fine lines, says Demirovic. You can try this treatment at home or in office, but if opting for the former, consult your derm first.
  • Microneedling: Gaining popularity in recent years, this treatment can soften lines by resurfacing and increasing collagen production, notes Demirovic. However, She if you're looking for a bit more strength to tighten your skin, try radio frequency microneedling, which stamps tiny needles into the skin with radio frequency to tighten its appearance for about a year, she adds.
  • Fibroblast skin tightening: This cosmetic enhancement uses a tiny needle that doesn't touch the skin but creates a "plasma arc" to tighten it, says Demirovic.
  • Laser treatments: To diminish the appearance of wrinkles, lasers stimulate the production of a new healthy collagen matrix, Dr. MacGregor tells us. "This means the skin looks and behaves younger," she says.

Injectables

The easiest and quickest way to see an immediate result is by getting injectables. According to Dr. MacGregor, there are several types of procedures that can reduce those forehead wrinkles.

  • Botulinum Toxin (Botox): "Botox relaxes the pull of facial and skin musculature which cause creasing and crepy texture as well as reducing the appearance of pores through the same effect," says Dr. MacGregor. This will result in fewer expression lines and smoother skin over time.
  • Fillers: If deep lines have already set in, fillers can be a great way to smooth the surface of the skin, says Dr. MacGregor. You may also want to try diluted collagen stimulators, which can even include your own blood plasma to smooth and stimulate younger healthier collagen, she adds.

A Combined Approach

Both experts agree that the best way to effectively treat forehead wrinkles is with a well-rounded approach; meaning: a combination of non-invasive treatments, topicals, and injections. "Botox is always a quick fix and will offer a great improvement, but if you have very deep fine lines that you have never been treated before, you may need to complement this with microneedling or fillers," says Demirovic.

When to See a Professional

If topical treatments just aren't cutting it and/or you're looking to get rid of those deep forehead wrinkles fast, it might be time to turn to the pros. They will evaluate your skin, determine the cause(s) of your fine lines, and recommend a solution that is best for you.

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