A Wrinkle In Time Makes Nine

   By drodriguez  Dec 21, 2009

Though we have all been suspicious in the past, the irrefutable evidence is finally out there: women show signs of aging quicker than men.  A recent study, which appeared in the Aesthetic Surgery Journal, shows that women develop more wrinkles around their mouths than men and the wrinkles that do develop tend to be deeper.  If you just look at the huge market of wrinkle creams and remedies targeted toward women, it comes as no surprise that women find wrinkles to be more of a problem than men. 

Some may chalk it up to just another one of those burdens women must carry, but there is actually a scientific explanation for why women usually get more wrinkles than men.  Dr. Foad Nahai, an Atlanta based plastic surgeon, told Business Week's Health Day News the reason why women notice lines more than men.  Nahai says, "What we didn't know, and this study points out, is that one of the reasons that lines are deeper in women is because they have fewer sweat or sebaceous glands, the glands that make the oil that keeps our skin feeling soft...So women are producing less oil, which is protective and keeps the skin smoother."

Another reason women battle wrinkles more than men may be because of our hormone fluctuations.  The estrogen we produce helps to heal wounds and is why we tend to heal quicker than men.  Postmenopausal women make less estrogen, hence the increase in wrinkles.  It has been shown that women on hormone replacement therapy produce less wrinkles than women who are not taking hormones.

Women tend to go for more surgical remedies around the mouth area than men.  But it has always been debated whether women do this because they tend to worry more about the way they look than men or they were actually seeing more lines.  This new study may shed some light on why women receive more of these types of procedures.

What do you think of the new study showing women have more wrinkles around the mouth area than men?

Do you think this is the reason why women tend to go for more surgical procedures and cream remedies than men or do you think women just worry about their looks more than men?

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tammiw101 by tammiw101 | New Castle, PA
Feb 24, 2010

how's that strivectin working for you?

pabennett by pabennett | louisville, KY
Feb 21, 2010

I also wish I didn't worry about wrinkles but I do. Is there a cream over the counter that does work.

jjoyce by jjoyce | WOODBRIDGE, VA
Jan 20, 2010

I wished I didn't worry about the wrinkles but I do! I'm currently using the StriVectin on the upper lip area where I'm noticing wrinkles. To each his own and I think it's wonderful that some have no issues with their wrinkles! I think it's great! I also agree that society is the cause of the emphasis on wrinkles when you have every starlet out there getting plastic surgery as if it's a routine procedure and then cramming it down our throats at how great they look at 50 or 60 (airbrushed and thousands of dollars later).

celiahumphrey by celiahumphrey | UNION CITY, GA
Dec 29, 2009

I don't worry about things I can't change!

Alyssarae92293 by Alyssarae92293 | BOYNTON BEACH, FL
Dec 29, 2009


lmccart by lmccart | Fair Grove, MO
Dec 28, 2009

I agree with previous posts, I think that women, generally, tend to be more concerned about wrinkles than men! I also think that it's possible that getting wrinkles has to do with how much stress we have - another thing that women seem to carry more than men. Love you, honey - but it's true.

PaulaSuzz by PaulaSuzz | KENOSHA, WI
Dec 28, 2009

Interesting article. I have never had an issue with getting older (wrinkles). I do believe that my husband's attitude toward me does help.

momoffive by momoffive | Mobile, AL
Dec 26, 2009

Maybe it is because the women worry more than the men? I think men get wrinkles more on the forehead due to being outside more than a woman, but woman just plain have a stressful life. Especially when caring for children.

CutieBaby by CutieBaby | chicago, IL
Dec 26, 2009

What Goes Up comes Down. Thats my philosophy, everyone age with time and thats the way it has always been and thats how it will be always, unless ofcourse the sun and the moon stop revolving by the will of GOD. So, stop worrying about aging, be happy, eat healthy and avoid harmful chemicals as much as you can, We are beautiful at every age :)

gramma by gramma | portsmouth, VA
Dec 23, 2009

As long as we take the household stresses and headaches and let our men think they they are handling all, we will continue to have lines, wrinkles and crows feet, unfortunately. But there is nothing like the strength of a Woman.

idahospud by idahospud | haines, AK
Dec 22, 2009

This is a mans world(or at least I let them think that) As men get looking older,their grey hair makes them look"distinguished"We on the other hand lookGREY!!!We also wrinkle easier because women take on the world,our jobs,children,household duties,everyone elses schedules,including our own,plus doing all of this & no one gets killed.If men had to take on these challenges,we would be picking up dead bodies everywhere.Grace,poise & tact produces wrinkles.

msfriendly by msfriendly | MONROE, WI
Dec 22, 2009

Hey..I earned those wrinkles and i'm keeping them! You get to a certain age and you're not going to fool anyone! Some women who try to hard look ridiculous. My theory why women have more wrinkles than men is because the men gave them to us (and our kids). We live in a society where the media is trying to tell us that we aren't "good" any more if we don't look young. Just as the media has taught our daughters that if you aren't thin you aren't pretty.

BadgerBride by BadgerBride | Champaign , IL
Dec 22, 2009

I think it's a combination of women worrying more than men and society as a whole beign more accepting of cosmetic treatments for women. Men don't look old they look "distinguished" where as women just look like old hags. So I understand women being more likely to use creams or get treatments. I also think that men don't feel as comfortable getting comsetic treatments so even if they do have an issue with how they look they are more likely to just deal with it.

Brenda121 by Brenda121 | VANCEBURG, KY
Dec 22, 2009

I think more women worry about wrinkles than men. Although I know some men that are just as bad as women, although they don't like to admit it. I do blame the media, for making women think we're not good enough the way we are. When I was young I didn't know that they air brushed everybody in the magazines. I just thought that thats the way they looked.

pjclayton57 by pjclayton57 | Oceanport, NJ
Dec 21, 2009

I think that society itself has put the burden on us women to look younger and to put the brakes on the aging process. I watched a show today that stated that men don't look at our flaws in the way that we think they do.....hmmm. I don't buy into all of the product claims and won't even consider any type of cosmetic surgery. I am determined to age gracefully and naturally. I think that a person's love of themselves and being happy with who they are is half the battle.....