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Is it true that if you sleep on your face it produces more premature wrinkles or is that a myth?

...and on a side note, I have a terrible sleeping pattern. I am 22 but everyone says I look 27-28. I was wondering if I STARTED now to sleep normally that my face might start looking young again. Thanks
You know I am wondering the same thing. I look my age but I sleep on my face and was concerned about it. I'm TRYING to switch to sleeping on my back but it's really tough to just randomly change the way you sleep. I usually sleep on my stomach.
I was wondering the same. I [B]always[/B] sleep on my left side since that's pretty much the only position I can fall asleep in quickly and comfortably. So far I haven't seen any wrinkling or anything, but I have noticed that the lashes on my left eye aren't the same as on the right, they curl more which is really annoying when putting on makeup and stuff. I've tried switching to a different side or sleeping on my back, but it really just doesn't work since I'm so used to sleeping on the left.

I've also heard this but so far I'm not too worried about wrinkles. I'm 21 and people think I'm about 16 (haha), so I'm not overly worried about wrinkling right now, but it would be nice to know for future reference.

I do think that sleep definitely improves skin and my skin definitely looks better after I get an adequate amount of sleep (even though I pretty much never do anymore).
Sleep better, eat healthier, drink water, and moisturize well. That's pretty much all you can do. The rest is up to your genes.
I don't know about permanent damage but at 36 when I sleep on my face and get a crease in my face from the pillow it takes longer to go away then it used to. People tell me I look 20 though so so far it's not causing permanant wrinkles.
I try to avoid sleeping on my face, but I always end up waking up on my side. I can't fall asleep on my back, I have to be on my right side, but when I wake during the night I always turn over on my back because I know I'll fall asleep right away. But unfortunately it doesn't last, I'm right back on my side again.

I think it depends which position your face is on the pillow. Sometimes, I'll notice a little line under my eye after waking that will soon vanish. It only happens like once every 6 months or so, that's why I think it depends how your face is positioned....and also make sure your pillow case isn't crumpled where your face is on.
I think it's 100% true. I'm one of those people who can only sleep on my back. (Sleeping on my side makes my back hurt for some reason). It takes years to show up, but repetively pressing your face into a pillow can cause wrinkles because skin loses its ability to snap back as it ages, and aging starts sooner than we'd like to realize. Sleeping on your side usually deepens the nasal-labial fold on the side on which you sleep or causes wrinkles around the mouth, cheeks, or eyes. I suppose it's like seeing wrinkles on people who rubbed their eyes a lot, and after years of doing it, it showed. A lot of people don't think about ways that they move their face either. I think everyone knows that lifting your forehead can cause wrinkles, but so can sipping through a straw.
[QUOTE=CalistaBear;2818549]I try to avoid sleeping on my face, but I always end up waking up on my side. I can't fall asleep on my back, I have to be on my right side, but when I wake during the night I always turn over on my back because I know I'll fall asleep right away. But unfortunately it doesn't last, I'm right back on my side again.

I think it depends which position your face is on the pillow. Sometimes, I'll notice a little line under my eye after waking that will soon vanish. It only happens like once every 6 months or so, that's why I think it depends how your face is positioned....and also make sure your pillow case isn't crumpled where your face is on.[/QUOTE]

It doesn't really matter how your face is positioned. If you sleep on your side (or on your stomach) your face [U]will[/U] get scrunched during your sleep, even if you don't see it since you are asleep. It is the same (as the other poster pointed out) as when you habitually squint a lot, or rub your eyes a lot, move your skin a lot when you put make up on or whatever you do to (or with) your face often enough will eventually become a wrinkle. Think of what we refer to as "expression" lines. These are actually wrinkles that have formed from repeated movements we do with our face (ie., smiling, squinting, frowning, pursing your lips top hold a cigarette, etc.,). When we are young, the skin snaps back into place promptly, as we age it stops snapping back (the "snap back" factor is what is used to evaluate elasticity and youth of the skin).
So, yes, yes, yes. Sleeping with your face on your pillow, no matter what position, will eventually show up as wrinkles. If you want to prevent at least [U]some[/U] of the wrinkles on your face sleep ONLY on your back. Using the "dog bone" pillow will help to keep you on your back during the night.
I do notice that every now and then I'll wake up with my eyes looking a little puffy from sleeping on my face. I try to switch off on which sides I sleep on and I guess it helps a little. I'm 20 years old and think I look about my age, but I really want to prevent wrinkles.

I agree that the best things you can do for your skin is to just drink lots of water, get plenty of sleep, and be healthy! Eat right and get the vitamins you need. I try to drink as much water as I can and always keep water bottles around and take them places with me and I try to get 8 hours of sleep, even though it doesn't happen every time.
There is no other option. If you sleep with your face resting on a pillow you will eventually cause permanent wrinkles. You have to fall asleep and stay asleep on your back.
There is no such thing as "can't". It's a matter of adjusting. I also thought I wouldn't be able to fall asleep any other way (especially not on my back) and I simply made myself adjust to the new position. It can be done, no doubt about it and won't even take very long. I am glad I made the switch when I was very young (someone older and wiser shared her wisdom with me) but I am sure it can be done anytime and it will prevent further damage.
if you sleep on the special neck pillow you almost never turn to your side. It keeps you on your back. I go to sleep and wake up in exactly the same position and if I wake up during the night I am always on my back, just as when I fell asleep.





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