Updated: 2019, Aug 2

Which Type of Neck Wrinkle Do You Have?

The neck shows our age before our faces do, so it is important to know about neck wrinkles, types of neck wrinkles and how to treat them.
Which Type of Neck Wrinkle Do You Have?
Everything you need to know about neck wrinkles. Shutterstock Images

For most women, and many men, you inspect your face carefully, noticing all of the areas where flaws are present, and also where they are not.

Once flaws have been noted, steps are taken to repair the damage with an array of products and treatments offered by modern science and technology.

However, as time continues to pass, the tell-tale signs that reveal your true age begin to surface on the neck area, which is why caring for your neck and preventing the two most common types of neck wrinkles are essential to keep the healthy and wrinkle-free skin.

Once neck wrinkles develop, they can be nearly impossible to deal with. This is due to the thick nature of the neck skin that is constantly exposed to the environment.

Unfortunately, many notice neck wrinkles when it is too late. Besides sun damage that occurs, too many people forget to use sunscreen, worsening the wrinkles that appear.

You should keep in mind that your neck is constantly moving each time you speak, swallow and turn your head. These types of repetitive movements will eventually generate the deep lines, much like the ones that appear on your forehead.

There are two basic types of neck wrinkles: vertical and horizontal.

Vertical Neck Lines

The appearance of vertical necklines is usually due to your sleeping position that will cause creasing of the skin where the neck comes into contact with your pillow.

These types of wrinkles are extremely common in those that do not move very much while sleeping. Another common cause of vertical necklines is excessive sun exposure over many years.

The harsh sun will dry out your skin and can even create areas of burns, which can cause the neck skin to sag and ultimately result in the vertical necklines.

Horizontal Neck Lines

Horizontal necklines are usually seen as a part of the natural aging process. As the skin around the neck loses collagen and elasticity it will no longer be able to return to its normal position after it is stretched, which will inevitably develop horizontal necklines.

Other factors that may increase horizontal necklines include gravity, wind and excessive exposure to the sun with no skin protection.

The wind and sun exposure can cause the skin to dry, which will cause a significant amount of damage to the cells that are present.

What is the Prevention and Treatment for Neck Lines?

There is no question that the neck is the one area of the body that can reveal a woman’s true age. The fact is that skin all over your body needs the same treatment that you use on your face to remain supple and youthful, even as you age.

It is smart to use face products that are well-formulated on your neck and chest to retain the wrinkle free appearance that you desire. In most cases, any neck cream you find will have virtually identical ingredients to any face cream that you use.

It is crucial that you use a sunscreen that is broad-spectrum and loaded with all types of antioxidants each day you will be in the sun. Any lotion with an SPF that is more than 15 should be sufficient; however, this is a step that is often forgotten by many people.

In the evening you should use a cream that is an antioxidant-rich and that has ingredients such as Vitamin C, peptides, Retinol and BHA and AHA peels.

These will help to not only reduce the chance of lines and wrinkles from developing but also treat any discolorations that may be present.

Other Treatments and Prevention Methods for Neck Lines/Wrinkles

Besides creams and lotions, professional treatments and neck exercises can help to reduce the appearance of neck wrinkles. The neck exercises will work to strengthen your neck muscles in order to keep the skin toned and taunt.

Some popular professional treatments for this purpose include Botox injections, as well as laser treatments, to the extreme of a full facelift.

There are also nutritional supplements that can be effective for fighting all types of neck wrinkles.

If you notice tissue sagging from your neck with a loss of contour, then you may need to consider medical therapies including a surgical neck lift that will remove all of the excess fat and skin and completely reposition the platysma muscle.

The Bottom Line

When it comes down to it, you need to apply anything to your neck that you use on your face. There are several experts that agree that the neck is much harder to repair after the damage is done.

Instead, you should take steps to prevent damage and wrinkles in the first place. There are many non-surgical strategies that can be used to successfully reduce the chance of neck wrinkles appearing.

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Evan Jensen, CPT

Evan Jensen is a renowned American Nutritionist, Diet Expert and health writer. He has a master’s degree in journalism, with more

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