What Causes Wrinkles? The Answers May Shock You

what causes wrinkles

Does this little guy worry about his wrinkles?

I am about to embark on one of the most asked questions, especially for ladies approaching 40 (self included!): what causes wrinkles? So when you ask this question, you are also asking what causes aging. Because isn’t wrinkles a side effect of aging? By the way, for those who are curious, I am approaching my 36th birthday in 4 months, so this question has begun to plague me. Of course, there are the most obvious answers: smoking, stress, sugar, and heredity are probably some of the more common causes of wrinkles. We’ve all heard them! This post ain’t about them! Why rehash what we already know? This post is about to uncover some serious s*!@*

Really, you might wanna sit down, if you aren’t already, because I am about to uncover some unlikely culprits when it comes to wrinkles and aging. When I refer to wrinkles, I am primarily referring to facial wrinkles, however, other parts of the body are also susceptible to wrinkles…no body part is immune! So…are you ready? If so, let’s dive in to some shocking causes of wrinkles.


It’s so S.A.D.

The Standard American Diet, or S.A.D., greatly contributes to wrinkles and aging. Why? Most Americans crave convenience, whether it be a microwave meal or a quick coffee and doughnut in the morning before work. This diet is rich in processed foods, vegetable oils, and sugar. It causes rapid aging and the aggressive development of diseases such as cancer, heart disease, diabetes, obesity, and Alzheimer’s disease. When you eat “on the run”, your diet lacks nutritious food full of vitamins and anti-oxidants which keep your inner organs (and skin) healthy.


Why You Should Avoid Vegetable Oils

Vegetable oils include canola and soy, which you should avoid like the plague. These oils are highly processed and when exposed to high heat, become rancid and form damaging free radicals. These oils, many of which are GMO (or genetically modified), wreak havoc in the body by attacking cells and damaging DNA/RNA. As an effect, changes in tissue, blood vessels, and skin occur. This in turn promotes free radical damage which causes skin wrinkles and premature aging.Bet you didn’t know frying your chicken in vegetable oil could give you forehead wrinkles! These oils also contribute to heart disease and high cholesterol.


Do People Who Are Depressed Have More Wrinkles?

Or more specifically, do people on anti-depressant drugs have more wrinkles? The answer is….yes! According to Natural News, studies shows antidepressant drugs contribute to a more aged appearance. How in the world can this be? One of the features of antidepressant drugs is muscle relaxation. When muscles are constantly relaxed, what happens? The facial muscles sag and lose tone and elasticity. The baby wrinkles are born.


Imbalance = Wrinkles

Another factor contributing to skin aging is hormonal imbalance. This causes dry skin, which helps skin to wrinkle more easily since it lacks moisture. This happens mainly in pre-menopausal and menopausal women. When this happens, oil production in the skin slows, which increases dryness. Sure, you can apply moisture to your heart’s content but you cannot fix the problem externally. You must balance your hormones internally to return to great skin.


You Have Pie on Your Face (Or the Effects of the Pie Crust) 

This brings us to the #1 cause of wrinkles most people don’t know about. This food is also a huge part of the S.A.D. In fact, most doctors and health professionals urge you to increase amounts of this in your diet for greater health. It’s all lies! What is the food I refer to? It’s wheat.

Say NO to wheat! Read Wheat Belly!


Pick up a fantastic book which tells the truth about the effects of wheat called Wheat Belly by Dr. William Davis. Some of my facts comes straight from the book. Why is wheat such a bad guy? Wheat causes wrinkles not to mention weight gain, diabetes, heart disease, and arthritis. When you ingest wheat, it raises blood sugar to alarming levels, which in turn produce AGEs in your body. AGEs stands for “Advanced Glycation End Products,” the material that causes stiffened arteries, cataracts, and dementia. The more AGE’s you have in your body, the older your appearance. In fact, the more AGEs you have produced, the more likely you are to be diabetic.


Dr. Davis says,

“…from a blood sugar standpoint, wheat products are worse than nearly all foods, skyrocketing blood sugar to levels that rival those of a full-blown diabetic- even if you’re nondiabetic…Wheat, because of its unique blood glucose-increasing effect, makes you age faster. Via its blood/sugar/AGE-increasing effects, wheat accelerates the rate at which you develop signs of skin aging, kidney dysfunctions, dementia, atherosclerosis, and arthritis.”

Scary stuff, especially since your doctor (and the faulty food pyramid which is no longer being used and is now a “food plate”) tells you to eat 7-11 servings of whole grains a day!


Why Do Vegetarians Get More Wrinkles?

Wheat is also a major reason why vegetarians seem to age a lot faster than non-vegetarians. Dr. Nicholas Perricone, famed anti aging doctor and author of Forever Young, states,

“I do not think that vegetarians age well because without sources of protein like fish and meat, they must obtain their protein from sources that have a high carbohydrate content. This results in elevated blood sugar, inadequate high quality protein, and accelerated aging.”

Sounds eerily similar to Dr. Davis’ stance, doesn’t it?

Who do YOU think looks better?


A Few More Bonus Causes

Here are a few more obvious causes of accelerated aging and wrinkles: divorce, obesity in the young, weight loss in the elderly, and coffee. Yes, I said coffee, my beloved morning companion. Coffee is good for you one minute and bad for you the next. Gets tiring, doesn’t it? Well, coffee when fresh ground and unroasted, may be very good for you due to its high antioxidants. But the beans we use are usually roasted and by the time we “cook” it again, which is what we do when we percolate coffee, almost all the antioxidants have been cooked out. Is this going to stop me from drinking my daily cup? Hell no! But you can decide for yourself.


I hope this post opened your eyes a bit as to what causes wrinkles. Let’s be honest with each other, wrinkles are a part of life. No matter what we do, we age. But it’s up to us to determine the rate at which we age. You can control many of these factors simply by doing a few lifestyle changes. You can either age quickly and painfully or slowly and gracefully. Which one will you choose?

Stay natural…stay beautiful…go green!

P.S. Now that you know about some of the things to avoid, what can you do to reduce or even remove the wrinkles you already have? That’s where the Overnight Wrinkle Cures book comes in! I don’t usually promote this type of stuff, but this one is a gem! It’s a digital ebook written by a naturopathic doctor with over 8 years of research experience on wrinkles and wrinkle prevention. Click here to find out how you can regain more youthful skin using her simple strategies: Overnight Wrinkle Cures


Robin started her career as an educator of children and has now become an educator for adults everywhere who want to know the truth about what they put into their bodies through the skin. She is passionate about educating people to make better health and beauty choices.
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  • http://www.ifagoddessworemakeup.com Sheila Hansen

    Great information Robin. I thought I knew everything there was to know about
    wrinkling of the skin, but you opened my eyes to some new things to think about.
    I’m 6 days into no coffee substituting green tea instead. I have to admit I’m doing it more to reduce stress and hopefully sleep better. Also I no longer have my morning piece of wheat toast and instead am loving Trader Joe’s Brown Rice
    bread. I’m going to be 62 in May so hormones or lack of them is a problem.
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  • http://www.toxicbeautyblog.com Natural Organics

    Thanks for the comments, Sheila! Glad the post shed some light for you. Just a note of caution on the rice bread, just as wheat raises blood sugar levels enormously, so can rice, sometimes even more so, so be careful with substituting other high blood sugar starches for another. I just do without the bread entirely. For the hormone issue, biomeridian analysis is a great way to determine what the imbalance is and what you can do about it, naturally. :)

  • http://www.thetakebacktour.com Dr Renee Lea-Currie

    Interesting information. I was concerned as the article gives the impression that wheat and rice are the only whole grains as this article implies that whole grains are evil but only mentions wheat. Check out http://www.wholegrainscouncil.org/ for a listing of the variety of whole grains available and how to use and cook them.
    Also, the picture of vegetarian versus non-vegetarian looking better was so outrageous even my husband noticed the biased depiction. Come on! Those 2 pictures were insanely unfair comparisons. A biased photo depiction in which the vegetarian picture is from a random conversation and the non-vegetarian is from a posed, staged probably airbrushed photo is so unfair that it raises doubt on the unbiased nature of the information.

  • http://www.itchair.com/seo-los-angeles/ seo los angeles

    So I pretty much can’t eat anything?? Lol, just kidding. I didn’t know about vegetable oil and anti-depressants helping contribute to wrinkles though…good know! I’m sure you’ve already heard about how sleeping or stomach can cause wrinkles because your head is so heavy and the weight causes more. I try to sleep on my back as much as possible now!


  • http://www.toxicbeautyblog.com Natural Organics

    When I referenced “wheat” I meant all grains, not just wheat. All grains should be avoided in my opinion as they lead to many health problems. The “eat healthy whole grains” craze is all propaganda that began 40 years ago at the same time when “they” said that eating saturated fats was bad. I don’t believe I mentioned rice in this article. However, I am allergic to rice so I avoid that too. Rice is a good option for many people who are gluten-sensitive, but needs to be consumed in moderation since it is a blood sugar raising starch as well. As for the photo, I think it’s probably air brushed too, as most photos are these days, but I still believe in the validity of my point: that people who are vegetarians and tend to eat more grains do seem to age faster.

  • http://www.leandefinition.com/ Robert

    I definitely agree with S.A.D. diet being responsible for not only wrinkles but for a plethora of other health problems which plague our society. We need to get the processed junk out of our diets, and start putting real food back in. That’s why I try to stick to primarily meats and veggies these days.
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    Many thanks for putting this information online! They are all interesting facts that I should know especially I am working with a company that specialized in anti wrinkles products. I’m not aware that meat eaters get less wrinkles than vegetarians.

  • http://blog.charlestonnaturally.com Amber_Charleston Naturally

    I love that you emphasize the basic things about diet that need to change. We need to allow our bodies to process in the most natural way, which includes eating whole and fresh foods, not overly-processed “convenience” foods.
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  • http://battysbath.ca/ Battys Bath

    Wow! Im so glad I came across this site! I was told by a friend that olive oil mutates under high heat so my husband and I switched to canola oil. grr.

    Very interesting site thank you for all the informative info! :)


  • http://www.toxicbeautyblog.com Natural Organics


    Thanks for all your comments and I also glad you found this site too! Canola oil isn’t much better- it’s most likely a GMO product. Your best bets for frying at high heat is coconut or palm kernel oil. They are very healthy fats which can stand the high temperatures without forming free radicals. :)


  • http://www.toxicbeautyblog.com Natural Organics

    I also primarily eat meat and veggies, with healthy fats thrown in, such as coconut oil, avocados, and nuts. I also eat a bit of fruit, because eating too much fruit can be problematic for people with sensitive blood sugar.

  • http://www.fordryface.com/ For Dry Face

    Lack of Vitamin D in your body may also causes wrinkles on your skin. So everyone who is suffering from wrinkles should take vitamin D as much as possible to prevent from this problem. It helps to maintain minerals level in your body which is very essential to maintain skin’s moisture level.
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    I knew that my diet had a lot to do with wrinkles but didn’t realize how important it actually is. I will have to make some changes thanks for the information!

  • Emily Dockery

    I don’t know if I totally buy the vegetarians age faster thing. Nigella Lawson is a beautiful woman with tons of money and access to all sorts of expensive anti-aging treatments. Most women in their fifties do not look like her. Also, I’ve been (mostly) vegetarian for the last 15 years of my life and I look a lot younger than most peole my age (33). I recently ran into some old friends from high school who have way more wrinkles than I do! That being said, I think a lot of it has to do with your genetics and lifestyle, ie how much stress you experience and how you handle it. I’ve noticed for one thing that women my age who have had children almost always look older than those of us who haven’t. Just my two cents.