Does Dry Skin Cause Wrinkles?

Curated by Claudia Shannon / Research Scientist / ishonest

But is it dry skin that causes wrinkles? Does the fact you’re born with it or have developed it at some point cursed you to age before your time?

Not really. Here’s why:

Why Dry Skin Does NOT Cause Wrinkles

Dry skin does NOT cause wrinkles.

So, what does? Sun exposure, for starters. I’ve nagged about the dangers of UV rays enough on this blog, so, this time I’ll let dermatologist Dr Natasha Cook do the talking:

Sun exposure accounts for 90 percent of wrinkles. The way the sun forms a wrinkle is it breaks down the support structures in the endoderm — it’s known as collagen or elastin. As these fibres break down we lose support and the skin becomes more easily creased.”

Why Dry Skin Ages Faster

If it’s sun exposure that causes wrinkles, then why don’t oily-skinned women have the same deep wrinkles as dry-skinned women?

Because dry skin may not cause wrinkles, but it surely accentuates them.

It works like this: sebum is your skin’s natural moisturiser. When your skin has all the sebum it needs to stay hydrated, it looks plump and moist. This makes wrinkles look smaller.

Oily skin has way more sebum than it needs. The extra makes it prone to breakout, but it also makes every nook and line smoother and plumper.

Dry skin isn’t so lucky. Your skin barely produces any sebum at all. Without it, its protective barrier is damaged and the moisture needed to plump up skin evaporates into thin air. That makes wrinkles look deeper and overall worse than they really are.

How Can You Treat Dry Skin And Wrinkles?

  • If you have dry skin and wrinkles, you need a double plan of action to deal with both. Here’s how to get started:
  • The Bottom Line

    Dry skin doesn’t cause wrinkles but it accentuates them. To keep your skin looking young and flawless, make sure your skin’s protective barrier is always intact, wear sunscreen every single day, and add anti-aging products to your skincare routine. You’ll notice a difference soon!

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