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Causes of Wrinkles

  • Collagen is a major component of the connective tissue in the skin that creates strength and flexibility. Dermis, the inner layer of the skin, contains large amounts of collagen whose fibers form a supporting mesh responsible for skin’s mechanical characteristics such as strength, texture and resilience.
  • As any material, collagen is subject to wear and tear; it slowly breaks down over time. Skin cells called fibroblasts are capable of producing collagen. When needed, fibroblasts replace broken collagen fibers with new ones.
  • Unfortunately, as we age the skin’s ability to replace damaged collagen diminishes and more gaps and irregularities develop in the collagen mesh. Over time, the collagen levels in our skin decreases, causing wrinkles to form.
  • External factors such as sun damage and smoking can also accelerate this process. Many factors contributing to accelerate collagen breakdown can be fully or partially neutralized. They include sun damage, free radicals, some age related hormonal changes and smoking.

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