Dermalogica Multivitamin Power Firm and Dimethicone Smooths Upper-Lip Wrinkles

This is a very informative article written by Dermatologist Dr. Jessica Wu. Upper-Lip Wrinkles are a concern for many of my clients. Dermalogica addresses this issue with two products. Multivitamin Power Firm can be applied to the upper lip and has an infusion of Vitamins A,C and E as well as dimethicone to smooth wrinkles. A new product to be launched this spring is Skin Perfect Primer. This Primer has a spf of 30 as well as anti-aging ingredients to prevent premature aging. Look for this product to launch the Spring of 2012.

Wrinkles above your lips can look unsightly, and lipstick can migrate into them. Find out what you can do to soften upper-lip wrinkles.

Article by Dr. Jessica Wu

Upper-lip wrinkles are commonly called smoker’s lines, even though many people who have them have never smoked. They tend to be more prominent in people who pucker their lips frequently, drink from straws, or chew gum, because these types of movements crease the skin and deepen such lines. They can also be hereditary. Here are some ways to soften them so you can wear lipstick again:

  • Avoid gum, straws, and to-go cups, which make you pucker your lips. If you must use a straw, put it in the corner of your mouth so your lips pucker less.
  • If your wrinkles are very fine or you’re just starting to notice them, try using a makeup primer to make them look less obvious. Primers usually contain dimethicone to smooth over and fill in skin irregularities (kind of like spackle). A model friend of mine swears by L’Oréal Studio Secrets Professional Magic Perfecting Base.
  • I often treat deeper wrinkles with injectable wrinkle fillers like Restylane and Juvéderm. These fillers soften the wrinkles and, if administered carefully, won’t change the size or shape of your lips. I’m looking forward to using a new filler, called Belotero, that’s specifically designed to be used in fine wrinkles, like those above the upper lip. It’s expected to be available this spring.
  • In addition to the above-mentioned fillers, I often add a few drops of Botox or Dysport, injected right at the lip line, to help relax the muscles of the upper lip. This prevents the lines from becoming deeper and helps the filler last longer.
  • Laser treatments and chemical peels can resurface the top layers of damaged skin, allowing new skin to heal more smoothly. These procedures work best for people with fair skin; those with darker skin tones may develop darker or lighter patches in the treated areas

For additional information or questions concerning upper-lip wrinkles, please contact Joyce Marie of Beverly Hills at 310.275.6694.