Wrinkles are a sign of aging. Previously thought of as just affecting anyone older, fine lines and wrinkles are a nuisance to every age group. Our skin has the miraculous ability to rejuvenate itself. But, as we age, the rejuvenation process begins slowing down and wrinkles appear more obvious. So, is there a difference between the wrinkles that men and women get? Are women really worse off in this regard?
Feminist or Misogynist
Do men wrinkle less than women? Many seem convinced that the answer is yes, but there’s no evidence to support that. In fact, skin types vary between persons, not gender. Still, according to the National Center for Biotechnology Information at the U.S. National Library of Medicine, “skin thickness in men decrease[s] linearly with age, starting at age 20 years.” Yes, men, start cleansing, hydrating, and using sunscreen, because chances are, you’re already past your prime. Our deepest condolences.
Continues the institute, “but [it] remain[s] constant in women until the age of approximately 50 years, at which time skin thickness start[s] decreasing.” Ladies, let’s party, responsibly! The article concluded that “skin thinning with age is the result of collagen loss.” So, women get 30 more years than men before their bodies slow down in collagen production!
The Fine Print
But, hold off on trashing your skincare products. The article published by the library, cited multiple studies done across various platforms with men and women of different backgrounds. One study “found no sex or skin type-related differences in epidermal thickness.” While the other quoted above found significant differences. Still another said that “the results showed that epidermal thickness did not significantly differ between men and women except for the forehead skin.” (Italics ours.)
Given various parts of the body, different backgrounds, and varying circumstances, these studies did not find conclusive results. That’s not to say that there is no answer. It’s just saying that the answer is unique to you. Depending on your skin type, your background and your circumstances, yes, your skin may wrinkle more than your partner’s, brother’s or father’s.
While ethnicity, skin type, and circumstances play a large role in wrinkle development, external influences can add to its readiness as well. Sun exposure, smoking, lifestyle, exercise, and surrounding environment are just a few! So, if you’re thinking seriously about your skin’s health, consult a physician. There’s no better way to find out what’s right for you. Explain your concerns and your goals and see what he or she says.
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