How to Reduce Forehead Wrinkles

forehead wrinkles

by Linda Robison

Cheap, non-invasive treatments to reduce frown lines

Forehead wrinkles are some of the deepest wrinkles, and in effect can be the hardest to diminish. Some say that reduced collagen production due to aging is probably the main reason.

But aging, sun exposure, and constant facial expressions are also to blame for the appearance of creases on the forehead. 

What can you do?

Besides hiding them with bangs (which may not work for every facial type) here are some inexpensive options and tricks to make those expression furrows less noticeable.

Effective way to remove forehead wrinkles

Best Home Remedies

Improving skin elasticity is a great way to reduce the appearance of fine lines. Facial exercises and massaging the affected area is the best way to improve frown lines and even smooth deep forehead wrinkles.

An article in the journal PLOS ONE suggest that frequent skin massaging along with anti-aging creams can have beneficial anti-aging effects.

Facial exercises and massages help increase blood circulation without any side effects. They're appropriate for all skin types (sensitive skin) and can easily be worked into your daily routine.

It's inexpensive, and does not require office visits or expensive cosmetic equipment. 

Facial fitness specialists and dermatologists, such as Dr. Ava Shamban, agree that facial massage can serve as a valuable anti-aging tool by stimulating blood flow, promoting lymphatic drainage, firming facial muscles, and potentially reducing the appearance of wrinkles.

Below is an example of an exercise that helps improve elasticity of the skin of the forehead by "Rubbing Out a Wrinkle" massage using the Dancing C's facial exercise.

Carolyn from Facial Fitness has several easy to use techniques to help reduce wrinkles on the forehead, crow's feet and upper neck and chest.

In addition to performing her 15-minute facial exercises program a few times a week - to keep your whole face and neck firm and smooth.

She devised a wrinkle release technique for the forehead called the  "Dancing Cs." This technique literally helps flatten out and lighten forehead lines.

My testimonial: I never developed forehead lines, but had very deep wrinkles on my neck. I tried the remedies on this page, especially the face exercise and massages. Here are my before and after pictures so you can see how effective these treatments are. 😊

Forehead wrinkle creams and serums

Studies have shown that regular anti-aging moisturizers and creams will not reduce or eliminate wrinkles as well as active ingredients like retinols and peptides.

These actives can help smooth out lines and encourage healthy skin cell turnover for better skin in the future.

Retinols for Forehead Wrinkles

Retinols, derivatives of vitamin A, have earned their reputation as powerful agents in the fight against aging. When used consistently, they work to stimulate collagen production, enhance cell turnover, and promote the regeneration of new, healthier skin cells.

How Retinols Work

Stimulate Collagen Production: Collagen is a crucial protein responsible for maintaining skin elasticity. Reduced collagen production is a contributing factor to the formation of wrinkles.

Retinols: Encourage the synthesis of collagen, helping to restore the skin's firmness and resilience.

Increase Cell Turnover: Increase shedding of old, damaged skin cells, makes way for the emergence of fresh skin. This process contributes to a smoother and more even skin texture.

Fine Line Reduction: By promoting the formation of new skin cells, retinols effectively minimize the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, including those on the forehead.

Best Practices for Using Retinols

Start Slowly: Follow directions and introduce them into your skincare routine. This will to minimize any potential irritation.

Consistency is Crucial: Use the products regularly without stopping and starting. Integrate them into your nightly routine for lasting benefits. If irritation occurs, cut back to once or twice a week.

Gradually add more days over a few months, paying attention to signs of redness, dryness, or flaking. Let your skin guide the process.

Note: This retinol booster serum can be added to your favorite creams, so it saves money and helps reduce the chance of irritation.

Peptides: Nourishing the Skin's Building Blocks

Peptides are short chains of amino acids, the building blocks of proteins. In skincare, peptides play a crucial role in supporting the structure and integrity of the skin.

How Peptides Work:

Collagen Synthesis: Similar to retinols, peptides stimulate collagen production, aiding in the repair and rejuvenation of the skin's supportive matrix.

Muscle Relaxation: Some peptides have muscle-relaxing properties, helping to alleviate tension in facial muscles. This relaxation can contribute to the reduction of dynamic wrinkles, such as those formed by constant facial expressions.

Moisture Retention: Hydration plumps up the dermis. This can make fine lines and wrinkles less noticeable. 

Incorporating Peptides into Your Routine:

Peptides often work well in conjunction with other skincare ingredients. Look for formulations that combine peptides with moisturizing agents for comprehensive care.

Glycolic Acid Helps Reduce the Look of Fine Lines

Alpha hydroxy acids like glycolic and lactic acid are considered chemical exfoliants and are inexpenisve and easy to use products that help smooth out the complexion.

How Glycolic Acid Works:

Glycolic acid is an alpha hydroxy acid (AHA) that exfoliates the skin by removing dead skin cells and promoting cell turnover. It helps to reduce the appearance of fine lines, uneven texture, and hyperpigmentation.

How to Use It:
As with all chemical exfoliatants, glycolic acid resurfacing serums should only be used once or twice a week. And should never be used on the same time as retinols.

If you plan on using retinols for the first time, hold off on using any AHA until your skin has adjusted to the retinol treatment.

Results? How long until you see results from the treatments above? A lot depends on your individual needs and age. But most people should notice some improvement in about 4 months. 

What about home remedies for worry lines?

Other home remedies people have suggested to reduce wrinkles includes:

  • Olive oil and coconut oil
  • Vitamin c creams
  • Aloe vera
  • Vitamin E and castor oil 

While these home remedies can be good for improvign over-all skin healthy, they're not very effective in reducing forehead wrinkles.

You'd get better results using skincare products that stimulate the production of collagen like glycolic and/or lactic acid for best results. 

Tape for forehead wrinkles

Forehead tape for wrinkles

Silicon Patches and Face Tape

Many people swear that Frownies or a silicon patch can help slow the formation and deepening of lines and creases. 

How Does it Work

We tend to make facial expressions during sleep that can deepen facial creases. Patches and face tape help prevent these expressions which may temporarily smooth out your complexion.

Plus, silicon patchs help hold in moisture, so your face is hydrated and fine lines are smooth and plump.

Below are some popular silicon patches for forehead wrinkles and more.

SIO Forehead Wrinkle & Brow Lift Patch


Microdermabrasion treatments can help lighten the depth of the wrinkle and make them less visible. You can also use this treatment on other parts of your body, like around the eyes neck and chest to remove scaly rough patches, fine lines, and lighten discoloration.

There are powerful home microdermabrasion machines you can use it as a home facial treatment or to keep up in between professional sessions.

Suncare - Final but most important step

Make sure to reduce UV radiation. Sun damage will cause the appearance of forehead wrinkles even faster as your skin ages. Not to mention dull skin, skin cancer and age spots.

Use a broad-spectrum sunscreen (that has a high PF+++ rating) everyday. Especially when using any of the products listed above.


Reducing forehead wrinkles works best if you use a comprehensive approach, blending natural techniques and product-based solutions.

Inexpensive options like facial exercises, massaging, and anti-aging creams that contain retinols, peptides, and alpha hydroxy acids all work together to stimulate collagen and reduce, and eliminate damaged cells that cause worry lines.


Don't knowwhere to start?  Here's a run down of inexpensive, at-home treatments based on cost and efficacy.

1. Facial Exercises and Massaging:

  • Pros: Inexpensive, no procedures needed.
  •  Cons: Results take time, requires consistency.
  • Costs: Minimal.
  • Time: Easily fits into daily routine.

2. Retinols:

  • Pros: Powerful for collagen stimulation, fine line reduction.
  • Cons: Gradual introduction needed to avoid irritation.
  • Costs: Affordable.
  • Time: Regular use for lasting benefits.

3. Peptides:

  • Pros: Supports collagen, muscle relaxation, moisture retention.
  • Cons: Individual results vary.
  • Costs: Moderate.
  • Time: Works well with other ingredients.

4. Glycolic Acid:

  • Pros: AHA exfoliant, reduces fine lines.
  • Cons: Avoid simultaneous use with retinols.
  • Costs: Affordable.
  • Time: Once or twice a week use.

5. Silicon Patches and Face Tape:

  • Pros: Temporarily smooths expressions, holds moisture.
  • Cons: Temporary solution.
  • Costs: Affordable.
  • Time: Overnight application.

6. Microdermabrasion:

  • Pros: Lightens wrinkles, improves texture.
  • Cons: Costs for professional or home machines.
  • Costs: Varies.
  • Time: Frequency-dependent.

7. Sunscreen: This may be last, but it's the most important for good skin!!

  • Pros: Vital for preventing sun damage.
  • Cons: Requires consistent application.
  • Costs: Affordable.
  • Time: Daily use recommended.

Q: Do hats cause forehead wrinkles?

A: No, hats won't have any effects on wrinkles. Aging and general loss of collagen are some main causes for lines and wrinkles.

Q: Why do I only see wrinkes when I'm raising my eyebrows?

A: As we age, our skin undergoes changes, and tends to thin out. This thinning, combined with a reduction in collagen and elastin (which provide skin structure and elasticity), makes the skin more susceptible to creasing.

So, even small movements, like raising your eyebrows, can cause the thinner skin to crinkle and fold, making any existing wrinkles more noticeable. It's like the skin is a bit less resilient to movement as time goes on. 

Q: Can I use castor oil for forehead wrinkles?

A: Castor oil has some anti-aging benefits for the skin. But it alone won't reduce wrinkles. However, you can add castor oil to your daily routine as it's a great hydrator and anti-oxidant.

Q: Won't Botox help with frown lines?

A: Yes, Botox is a popular option for reducing wrinkles, but it's important to know that the results are temporary. To maintain that smooth look, you'll likely need multiple injections throughout the year.

Botox works by temporarily paralyzing the muscles, which smoothens out the skin, but it doesn't address the overall health or quality of the skin. It's like a quick fix for the movement-related wrinkles, but it won't provide long-term benefits for the skin itself.