Unfortunately, it’s impossible to stop the aging process. However, you can minimize the appearance of wrinkles—one of the telltale signs of aging—with a proper skincare regime and noninvasive procedures such as Botox®. It’s helpful to know what causes wrinkles so you can do your best to prevent them from forming prematurely. Below are some common myths about wrinkles and the facts behind them.

Common Misconceptions About Wrinkles

1. They Are Genetic

Like your eye color or hair type, your skin tone—whether it’s fair, olive, or dark—can be passed down to you by your parents. However, that doesn’t mean you’re destined for premature wrinkles just because your mom or dad has them.

In actuality, 90% of visible changes to the skin are a direct result of the sun damage it has experienced. If you steer clear of excessive sun exposure and are diligent about wearing sunscreen, you may avoid the premature wrinkles that your parents experienced.

2. Retinol Gets Rid of Them Instantly

botoxA derivative of vitamin A, retinol is a highly effective skincare ingredient that can be used to treat a number of common anti-aging concerns, including large pores, uneven skin texture, fine lines, and wrinkles. However, it does not work overnight, and using too much too frequently can result in peeling, flaking, and irritation. If you’re looking to minimize wrinkles quickly, Botox is a great option.

3. Moisturizer Prevents Them From Forming 

Using a daily facial moisturizer is an essential skincare step that helps plump the skin and keeps it hydrated, which will lessen the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. However, it won’t stop them altogether. Contrary to what many skincare brands may advertise, wrinkles are inevitable no matter how well you care for your skin.

While good habits and procedures like Botox and microdermabrasion can help minimize the depth and impact of wrinkles on the skin, nothing can stop them from forming. Consider your wrinkles to be a beautiful badge of all the living you’ve done.


If you’re concerned about wrinkles, dark spots, and other signs of aging, get in touch with Lauren A Daman, M.D., P.C. Her office provides a wide range of skin treatments to people in the Hartford, CT, area, from Botox and chemical face peels to microdermabrasion and laser surgery. Visit the website to learn more, and call (860) 246-3533 to schedule an appointment today.