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What are Crow's Feet, Why you Get Them and How to Get Rid of Them
August 25, 2013

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Crow’s feet also known as squint lines or worry lines appear around the corner of the eyes.  These wrinkles can appear often as the first signs of aging as we lose elastin and collagen in the skin. Elastin is the elastic fibers which allow the skin to stretch and collagen is the protective protein that gives skin its structure. Without these two important compounds our skin can sag and create wrinkles.

                Crows feet can occur as we age due to the loss of collage and elastin, but they can also be caused by excessive sun exposure, smoking cigarettes and repetitive muscle movements such as squinting. Other factors which can lead to premature aging of the skin include dehydration and sleeping on your face.

                The first key to treating crow’s feet is prevention. This means applying sunscreen when you go outdoors, wearing hats or sunglasses, quitting or not starting smoking, adequate water intake and using skin moisturizers especially around the eyes.  Additionally eating a diet rich in fruits and vegetables is recommended since they contain antioxidants which protect the skin from damaging free radicals. Regular exercise also helps to keep skin from forming wrinkles.

                There are a variety of ways to treat crow’s feet at home and at your doctor’s office. At home remedies include over the counter eye creams which can reduce and minimize the appearance of crow’s feet. These creams usually include glycolic acid or Retin A to encourage the top layer of the skin cells to slough off, revealing new, smoother skin cells underneath.

                If you prefer something more professional and semi permanent your dermatologist can recommend additional facial treatments such as chemical peels, wrinkle fillers, laser resurfacing, Botox, or even plastic surgery. These all come at a steeper price, maybe only temporary and have potential side effects.  Ask your dermatologist if you are considering any one of these procedures.