Do Wrinkle Creams Work?


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Do Wrinkle Creams Work?

Question: Do wrinkle creams work?

Answer: The American Academy ofِ Dermatology saysِ that over-the-counter wrinkle creams doِ little orِ nothingِ to reverse wrinkles.
Food andِ Drug Administration hasِ approved prescription tretinoin cream toِ treat aging skin.
It willِ notِ eliminate wrinkles.

Lasers remove layers of skin. Laser therapy is an outpatient treatment requiring anesthesia.

The FDA isِ studying theِ safety ofِ acids knownِ asِ skin peelers.
The agency ordered manufacturers ofِ products containingِ alpha hydroxy acids toِ include a label warning thatِ the acids mayِ increase sunburn risk.

Dermatologists use the term photoaging to describe aging caused by sun exposure.

Don’t use sunlamps and tanning beds.

People whoِ smoke tend toِ haveِ more wrinkles thanِ nonsmokers ofِ the sameِ age, complexion, andِ history ofِ sun exposure.
Cigarette smoking causesِ biochemical changesِ in ourِ bodies thatِ accelerate aging.
One study showed thatِ facial wrinkling, whileِ notِ yet visible, canِ beِ seen underِ a microscope inِ smokers asِ young asِ 20.

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Fred Cicetti isِ a contributing writer forِ Live Science whoِ specializes inِ health.
He hasِ beenِ writing professionally sinceِ 1963.
Before heِ began freelancing, heِ was a reporter, rewriteman andِ columnist forِ three daily newspapers inِ New Jersey: The Newark News, Newark Star-Ledger andِ Morristown Record.