Forehead Wrinkles – What are Worry Lines or Expression Lines?

Forehead Wrinkles
Editor's Note: This article has been recently updated with latest information and research studies.

What is a Forehead Wrinkle?

Forehead wrinkles are also called worry lines or expression lines. When a person makes the same facial expression repeatedly, temporary lines are produced in the face. Stress causes a person to frown quite a bit, which causes temporary forehead lines. Temporary lines can eventually turn into permanent lines. As the human body ages, our skin loses its elasticity and our muscles become weaker. This can lead to fine lines and wrinkles. Most wrinkles start out as fine lines, eventually turning into a wrinkle. A fine line can be hidden with light makeup. Wrinkles tend to be made worse with makeup, as the makeup sinks into the crevices of the face.

Causes of Forehead Wrinkles

Experts are still trying to determine the cause of forehead wrinkles. Some feel strongly that stress and worrying cause forehead wrinkles, while others don’t agree. The fact of the matter is, we make many facial expressions that can temporarily cause the forehead to wrinkle, including confusion and surprise. Some people’s faces are more animated than others and in these instances the forehead is used much more.

There are many reasons why constant worrying can cause wrinkles. Worry causes stress. People who are stressed do not properly take care of themselves. They don’t eat properly, typically lack exercise and don’t generally maintain the sleep schedule they should. An unhealthy lifestyle can lead to premature aging.

Reducing* Forehead Wrinkles

According to an article by Liesa Goins posted on the Prevention website, prevention is the best method of fighting forehead wrinkles. Prevention can start at any age, however, the sooner you start, the better. Avoid sun damage by wearing protective clothing, such as hats. Also be aware that certain hairdos protect the face by shading areas. Always wear sunscreen when you plan on being outside-choose at least SPF 15. For ladies, some foundation contains SPF 15.

Once fine lines appear, you run the risk of developing permanent wrinkles. Although it is better to use preventive and protective methods early on, there are some things women can do to help cover up fine lines once they have appeared. For example, lightly layering makeup will help. Start with a light-deflecting primer, followed by sheer foundation. The primer will keep the makeup from settling into the lines.

Choose moisturizers that contain peptides and retinoids, which stimulate collagen and help to plump the skin. As we age, our skin starts to lose* fat beneath the surface, which can cause sagging.

Experts Outlook on Forehead Wrinkles

According to the Mayo Clinic, there are many products available on the market commercially that promise to reduce* fine lines and wrinkles, but many of them don’t actually make a difference. The FDA classifies over-the-counter anti-aging lotions and creams as being cosmetic products with no medical value. The FDA does not evaluate the effectiveness of cosmetics. There are some prescriptions that are found to be effective. Prescription medications for the treatment of wrinkles include topical retinoids. More invasive procedures can also be effective, including dermabrasion, Microdermabrasion, laser treatments, chemical peels, Botox, soft tissue fillers and plastic surgery, such as facelifts.

Home Remedies for Forehead Wrinkles

Some people believe that dry skin can lead to wrinkles. This concept remains to be proven either way. Using oils, such as olive oil and grape seed oil may be effective alternative remedies for battling forehead wrinkles. Apply oil to your forehead regularly. In some ways grape seed oil is considered to be the more effective of the two, because it is packed with antioxidants. You would also be wise to add grape seed oil into your diet, so that you are getting those antioxidants internally.

Here is the recipe for another forehead wrinkle home remedy: Mix together ½ a teaspoon of plain yogurt (yogurt with probiotics is best), 1/2 a teaspoon of honey, ½ a teaspoon of fresh lemon juice and the vitamin E from three capsules. Apply to the forehead once or twice a day using a cotton ball and allow to soak in for 10 minutes. Rinse with cold water.

Active Manuka Honey is also packed full of antioxidants and has been used to treat* the skin naturally. Apply to the forehead twice per day and allow to soak in for 10 to 20 minutes. Rinse with warm water.

Drink half a glass of carrot juice daily to help reduce* and prevent forehead wrinkles.

What is the Best Anti-Wrinkle Cream to Eliminate* Forehead Wrinkles?

The first rule for choosing an anti-wrinkle cream is to know your skin type. What works for other people you know may not work for you. Different skin types react to topical products differently. Budget is also a big factor. The manufacturers of anti-aging creams know how important they are to buyers and they may not be cheap. It may take several months of use before you see the results you’re looking for.

How to Prevent Forehead Wrinkles?

As with all wrinkle prevention, stay out of the sun, use skin protection, avoid smoking and try not to make repeated facial expressions. Or better yet, be aware of the facial expressions you make regularly. It may be possible to retrain your face to relax a little bit more. You should also be following a regular daily skin care regimen.

Can Botox Prevent Forehead Wrinkles?

Repeated use of Botox can help to prevent and permanently reduce* wrinkles. Each injection typically lasts three to four months. Each time Botox is needed again, the wrinkles tend to come back finer and less noticeable than before. Botox can help retrain the facial muscles.


Nobody wants to see wrinkles on their faces, especially as forehead wrinkles. Oddly enough, our skin shows the signs of aging early on in the forehead area, but we often times overlook this. Look in the mirror sometime and pay attention where your facial creases and wrinkles when you make various faces and it will give you an idea of where wrinkles could potentially develop as you age. Follow the recommended prevention measures described in this article to help ward off forehead wrinkles.

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