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what could cause wrinkles at a young age?

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Dr. M. Christine Lee
Dermatology 28 years experience
Sun, smoking: Too much sun exposure and smoking can cause accelerated aging. Surfers, skiiers, tennis players, and other professional athletes who are constantly in the sun can develop wrinkles very young. Being very expressive with facial muscles (frowning, smiling) can cause deep wrinkles. Sleeping on your face can cause sleep lines.
Dr. Jeffrey Pollard
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 21 years experience
Life!: Life can take its toll on skin. Smoking, diet, sun exposure, genetics, etc. All play a roll in how the skin ages. Facial lines can also be caused by chronic wear and tear from using the muscles of expression on the face (think botox). In addition, "sleep lines" can occur from sleeping on the side of your face and forcing the skin to wrinkle in the same location over time. Hope this helps!
Dr. Ronald Shelton
Dermatology 37 years experience
Young wrinkles: Sundamage is probably the biggest cause for wrinkles. At a very early age sundamage can cause problems that will only be seen years later. The genes you've inherited may make a difference. There are very rare syndromes of early aging such as progeria. Smoking and lack of sleep and environmental toxins can cause facial wrinkling.
Dr. Seema Patel
Holistic Medicine 27 years experience
Genetics/movement: Wrinkles or more lines are due to frequent movement, too much sun exposure, chronic diseases, smoking/drinking, and can be genetically seen (example forehead lines on children). Prevent them from getting worse by using sunblock, drinking water since dehydrated skin makes wrinkles look worse, and good skin care products including Retin-A if a teenager and older. Can use botox/fillers if older.

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