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Glucosamine & Wrinkles

author image Jim Thomas
Jim Thomas has been a freelance writer since 1978. He wrote a book about professional golfers and has written magazine articles about sports, politics, legal issues, travel and business for national and Northwest publications. He received a Juris Doctor from Duke Law School and a Bachelor of Science in political science from Whitman College.
Glucosamine & Wrinkles
Wrinkles around the eyes are often an early sign of aging. Photo Credit deyangeorgiev/iStock/Getty Images

Wrinkles can be treated with a number of products, and glucosamine appears to be a potentially effective treatment for even the most delicate areas of the face, such as around the eyes. According to EyeWrinkleReviews.com, the best products are those with ingredients that are powerful enough to reduce wrinkles but gentle enough to not irritate delicate skin.


Wrinkles occur as a natural part of the aging process, as your skin becomes thinner, drier and less elastic. As you age, you lose natural oils in your skin, as well as fat in the deep layers, which causes loose and sagging skin. According to MayoClinic.com, genetics is the primary factor that causes wrinkles, but exposure to sunlight, smoking and acial expressions and movements also play a role in creating wrinkles.


Glucosamine is a substance that is extracted from the shells of crabs, lobsters and shrimps. It is also found in many plants. Glucosamine is most often used as a treatment for arthritis. Your body uses glucosamine as a nutrient that strengthens the connective tissues in your joints, hair, skin and nails


Glucosamine levels tend to fall as we age, so supplements can be helpful. Applied to the skin, glucosamine helps stimulate the cellular renewal process, which helps remove and replace old, dead and wrinkled skin with fresh and healthy skin. When glucosamine is delivered into the deeper layers of your skin, it stimulates the production of collagen, which helps reduce fine lines and wrinkles.


Human trials using glucosamine to treat wrinkles have yielded some promising results. The American Academy of Dermatology stated in 2006 that several studies indicated that glucosamine might prove to be an effective topical treatment for skin that had been damaged and wrinkled by exposure to sunlight. It might prove to be effective as an active ingredient in anti-aging products aimed at treating other causes of wrinkles and skin damage as well.


Glucosamine may be a worthwhile weapon in the fight to stave off or reverse wrinkles and fine lines. It helps to exfoliate your skin, promotes the natural skin removal process, boosts collagen production and is gentle enough to used around the eyes and on other sensitive areas of the face. As MayoClinic.com explains, other topical treatments may help as well, such as retinol, alpha hydroxy acids, kinetin, CoQ10, copper peptides and antioxidants.

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