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  • Writer's pictureDr Ronnie Katureebe


No one wants to look older than they are. But with so many myths about wrinkles, it can be hard to know what’s true or how to keep your skin looking as smooth and youthful as possible.

Myth 1: How much you wrinkle depends mainly on your genes

Fact: Your genes play a role in how your skin ages, but how quickly you develop wrinkles depends mostly on sun exposure.

Consider what causes wrinkles. They happen because the fat in deep layers of the skin shrinks with age and because the skin naturally thins and becomes less elastic. Spending too much time in the sun makes things worse by speeding the breakdown of collagen and elastin, proteins that make skin look plump and firm.

Getting too much sun exposure isn’t the only lifestyle factor that encourages wrinkles. Smoking and over-consuming alcohol do, too.

So even if your parents look great for their age, don’t assume the same will be true for you. To prevent wrinkles, use a broad-spectrum sunscreen which is available at Kampala Dermatology skin clinic, skip the cigarettes and vape pens and curb any excessive drinking.

Myth 2: Wrinkles Are Caused By Sun Damage

Sun damage is one of the leading causes of wrinkles. However, there may be other issues going on that can play a role in the hydration production and levels of collagen in the skin. Dehydration can make your skin look dull and accentuate fine lines. Certain medications may also affect your skin’s appearance and elasticity. So keeping well-hydrated is good for your skin.

Myth 3: Once You Start Getting Wrinkles, They Can’t Be Reversed

It depends on what you consider ‘reversed,’ but generally speaking, this is a myth. There are a number of products and procedures performed at Kampala Dermatology that can greatly improve the appearance of wrinkles, whether they are the first fine lines or deeper expression lines. It’s never too late to achieve smoother, healthier-looking skin.

Myth 4: Botox is always the best treatment for wrinkles

Fact: There are two main types of wrinkles, and Botox is effective against only one of them.

Botox is a good treatment for dynamic wrinkles, such as crow’s feet and forehead lines, which are caused by muscle contractions that happen with repetitive facial movements. Botox injections work by temporarily paralyzing the muscles so they can’t contract.

But Botox won’t do anything for the other type of wrinkles, called static wrinkles. These develop due to the loss of elasticity and fat in the skin. Examples of static wrinkles include neck wrinkles, wrinkles under the eyes and marionette lines, which start at the corners of the mouth and extend to the chin.

If you’re bothered by static wrinkles, check-in at Kampala Dermatology and find wrinkle treatments that help minimize them, including retinol cream and dermal fillers.

Myth 5: Facial exercises are good for preventing wrinkles

Fact: Repetitive movements lead to dynamic wrinkles, so facial exercises and “facial yoga” aren’t going to take years off your face.

Performing these movements could actually make dynamic wrinkles worse because you’re forcing your facial muscles to contract.

Whole-body physical exercise, on the other hand, can benefit the skin.

People who exercise regularly usually look younger than those who don’t. Chalk up the benefits in part to better blood flow, which means that more oxygen and nutrients reach the skin and cellular waste and toxins are whisked away faste

Schedule Your Consultation Today Feel free to contact the experts at Kampala Dermatology skin clinic to schedule your initial consultation. Our licensed dermatologists at our location in Bugolobi Bandali Rise are ready to help schedule a consultation call +256 780 907156 today.

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