Wrinkles :Types, Causes & Treatment

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Do you have wrinkles? Are you looking for ways to manage them? If yes, then you have come to the right place. 

Here is everything you need to know about wrinkles and their treatment. Also, find out what Ayurveda says and recommends for wrinkles in this article. 

Wrinkles and Its Types (1) (2)

Wrinkles are a common sign of ageing that appear as visible creases or folds in the skin. There are two types of wrinkles, namely fine wrinkles and coarse wrinkles. Fine wrinkles are those less than 1 mm in width and depth, while coarse wrinkles are 1 mm or more in width and depth. 

While wrinkles can be found anywhere on the body, they are most often seen on the face, neck, and arms. 

Causes of Wrinkles (2)

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Wrinkles are a natural part of the ageing process but several factors can contribute to their formation, such as:

  • Slow skin cell production
  • Thinning skin layers 
  • Lack of collagen proteins
  • Ageing
  • Facial muscle contractions
  • Excessive sun exposure
  • Smoking
  • Air pollutants

Risk Factors of Wrinkles (1) (2)

Although all people experience wrinkles as a part of ageing, several factors can increase the risk of wrinkles. These include prolonged sun exposure, smoking tobacco products, air pollutants and hormonal changes.

Concept of Wrinkles in Ayurveda (3)

Wrinkles are known as Vali in Ayurveda and are considered to be one of the cardinal signs of ageing. 

According to Ayurveda, wrinkles are formed due to the aggravation of Vata Dosha and the vitiation of Rasa Dhatu and Mamsa Dhatu. The extent of wrinkle formation greatly depends on Prakriti or body constitution, diet, and environmental factors such as sun exposure and dust.

Diagnosis of Wrinkles (2)

Wrinkles are typically diagnosed through a simple visual examination of the skin. You can easily notice the appearance of wrinkles on your skin without visiting a healthcare provider. 

However, if you’re looking for treatments to reverse the effects of wrinkles, it’s recommended to consult a dermatologist. 

Treatment of Wrinkles 

Modern Treatment (2)

Some commonly used modern treatments for wrinkles include anti-wrinkle creams, skin resurfacing techniques such as microdermabrasion, dermabrasion and chemical peels, laser skin resurfacing, botox injections, filler treatment and facelift surgery.

However, remember that you may experience side effects with these treatments. Side effects can vary from person to person, and they also depend on the type of treatment used. 

Some common side effects of wrinkle treatment include allergic reactions, swelling, scarring or skin colour changes, pain and bruising or bleeding.

Ayurvedic Treatment (3)

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Ayurveda suggests the administration of herbal formulations to manage wrinkles. Some popular herbs used in the formulation include Dashamula, Haridra, Guduchi, Ashwagandha, Haritaki, Ghrita, Punarnava, and Gokshura

Nasya, prepared with Vata and Pitta pacifying herbs, can also be used. Basti is another method recommended to pacify the vitiated Vata Dosha and treat wrinkles. 

However, you must remember to consult an Ayurvedic practitioner and use these herbal formulations and therapies under their guidance. 

How To Prevent Wrinkles (4)?

Wrinkles are an inevitable part of ageing, but if you want to prevent or delay wrinkles, consider the following tips:

  • Wear sunscreen with at least SPF 30 daily.
  • Avoid tanning from the sun.
  • Moisturise your skin regularly.
  • Test all skincare products before applying.
  • Use skincare products as directed.
  • Stop using products that sting or burn.
  • Limit the number of products you use on your skin.

On a Final Note

Wrinkles are a natural part of the ageing process and can be caused by various factors such as sun exposure, smoking, and air pollutants. 

Ayurveda recommends the use of herbal formulations, Nasya, and Basti to manage wrinkles. However, it is essential to consult an Ayurvedic practitioner before using any herbal formulations and therapies. 

Additionally, you can also use modern treatments like anti-wrinkle creams and Botox injections. 

Discalimer: This article is written from a health and lifestyle perspective. 


  1. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4278179/
  2. https://my.clevelandclinic.org/health/articles/10984-wrinkles
  3. https://www.researchgate.net/publication/362890214_CONCEPT_OF_WRINKLES_IN_AYURVEDA_WITH_SPECIAL_REFERENCE_TO_AGEING
  4. https://www.aad.org/public/everyday-care/skin-care-secrets/anti-aging/wrinkle-remedies

Dr. Shankar Rao

Dr. Rao has achieved great success in his career, with 5 research projects and 4 books to his credit, as well as a Monograph. In addition to receiving the Bharat Scout & Guide Award from the President of India, Dr Rao has also won the Young Scientist Award from S.V. University, Tirupati.