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Q: Wrinkles: Men vs Women ( No Answer,   1 Comment )
Subject: Wrinkles: Men vs Women
Category: Science > Biology
Asked by: douglascarey-ga
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Posted: 14 May 2006 09:48 PDT
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Question ID: 728704
Is there any reserach that shows the men develop more facial wrinkles
than women earlier in life? It seems that men have "rougher" looking
faces than women do once we hit our 30's. Also, men also seem to
develop more pronounced forehead wrinkles than women, while women tend
to develop wrinkles around the eyes (crow's feet). Has this been
studied or shown to be true?
There is no answer at this time.

Subject: Re: Wrinkles: Men vs Women
From: blake08-ga on 12 Jun 2006 11:05 PDT
It is widely believed in the medical community that aging is due
simply to genetic factors and not gender specifically. There is
scientific research that the length of telomeres on cells, which are
inherited, predict the replicative ability of skin cells. One such
article is here:

Once cells divide a certain number of times, their growth is stunted
and their function is altered. This in turn causes wrinkles.
Therefore, it is not the gender of the person that determines how
their skin will age, it is cellular distortions independent of gender.
The fact that men and women seem to develop wrinkles in different
areas is due to these genetic factors (such as telomere length and
number of divisions). Take a look at this article as well:

An evolutionary biologist would answer by saying that the roughness of
a male's face is a sign of maturity and beauty, and that is is
inherited through sexual selection processes. While men are obsessed
with fair skin and a youthful looking woman, women are generally
attracted to older, more mature men. These cues of aging could simply
be passed on from generation to generation because those inheriting
the genes have a sexual advantage.

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