There are many known causes of wrinkles on the face and that knowledge can also help provide possible solutions to fight off wrinkles. So what causes facial wrinkles that come on quickly? Can it be the growing amount of pollution or the vast amount of harmful tobacco products being smoked? The simplest answer to this question is, no.



Identification

A natural process known as glycation is at fault for the sudden onset of wrinkles on the face. Doctors have found that sugar in the bloodstream attaches itself to protein, producing a harmful molecule known as advanced glycation end products. This molecule has been shorted to a name-appropriate term called AGEs. The amount of AGEs in the body is directly related to your sugar intake. The more sugar you consume, the more AGEs roam through your body, playing havoc on your proteins.

Effects

The abundance of sugar in the body affects the type of collagen in your skin. The common types of collagen are types I, II and III, with type III being the ideal because it has higher stability and is longer lasting. The AGEs effect breaks down type III collagen into type I, which is less stable and frail. Damaged collagen then turns brittle and dry, causing an onset of wrinkles on the face. AGEs also knock out your body’s natural antioxidant enzymes, leaving the body open to sun damage, which is known to be the main cause of skin aging.

Prevention/Solution

The best solution to such a problem is eating a proper diet and cutting back on the intake of harmful sugar. By eating right, you are helping your body to stay healthy as well as keeping those unsightly wrinkles on your face at bay. Since it’s not easy to eliminate sugar from your diet completely, keeping sugar intake to no more than 10 percent of your total calories per day is a good start.

Expert Insight

Experts agree that the growing number of products containing aminoguanidine- and alistin-like compounds have been known to block the formation of AGEs by attaching to molecules that start the glycation process. Doing so helps to prevent AGEs from binding to collagen and elastin proteins throughout the body.

Warnings

Most anti-aging creams that contain aminoguanidine- and alistin-like compounds are harmless to the touch, however, ingesting or other misuse of these products may result in bodily harm. Be cautious while applying these anti-aging products to the face to avoid contact with the eyes or mouth. Read all instructions carefully and be sure to talk with your doctor before beginning any treatment regimens.