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There's No Magic Bullet In Skin Care

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We are all in the same mindset about lip wrinkles, who wants them!!
The scientific studies and research papers I've read looking for a topical solution to get rid of lip wrinkles, point to several solutions. Starting with ....... 

 Dermal Filllers?

 What Are Dermal Fillers?

Dermal fillers are materials that are injected into soft tissue through a very fine needle. They are soft tissue fillers approved by the FDA to help create a smoother and/or fuller appearance in the face, including nasolabial folds, cheeks and lips andDerma Filler increasing the volume of the back of the hand. They add volume, fill moderate to severe wrinkles and folds from the inside out. The effects are temporary because they contain materials that are absorbed by the body over time.

The following are temporary absorbable materials that have the approval of the FDA to be used in soft tissue fillers:

Natural Dermal Fillers


Collagen is a type of protein that is a major part of skin and other tissues in the body. Sources of purified collagen used in soft tissue fillers can be from cow (bovine) or human cells. The effects of collagen fillers generally last for 3-4 months. They are the shortest lasting of injectable filler materials.

 Hyaluronic acid

Hyaluronic acid is a type of sugar (polysaccharide) that is present in body tissues, such as in skin and cartilage. It is able to combine with water and swell when in gel form, causing a smoothing/filling effect. Sources of hyaluronic acid used in dermal fillers can be from bacteria or rooster combs (avian). In some cases, hyaluronic acid used in dermal fillers is chemically modified (crosslinked) to make it last longer in the body. The effects of this material last approximately 6 – 12 months.

Synthetic Dermal Fillers

 Calcium Hydroxylapatite

Use of calcium hydroxylapatite (Radiesse®) for facial augmentation

 "created by suspending calcium hydroxylapatite microspheres of 25–45 microns diameter in a gel carrier of carboxymethylcellulose. The product has FDA approval for esthetic facial augmentation in the US. Such approval includes the long-lasting correction of moderate to severe facial wrinkles and folds and the treatment of facial fat loss due to immunodeficiency virus infection"

Poly(L-lactic acid) 

 Approved 2004: "The L-isomer of polylactic acid is a biodegradable, biocompatible, biologically inert, synthetic polymer. Putatively, PLLA microparticles initiate neocollagenesis as a result of a normal foreign-body reaction to their presence. The build-up of collagen over time creates volume at the site of injection."  

 2006 May;5(5):436-40.

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WARNING The FDA has NOT approved soft tissue fillers to:
  • Increase breast size (breast augmentation)
  • Increase size of the buttocks
  • Increase fullness of the feet
  • Implant into bone, tendon, ligament, or muscle 
  • The FDA has NOT approved liquid silicone or silicone gel for injection to fill wrinkles or augment tissues anywhere in the body.

For a complete list of FDA  Approved Dermal Fillers 

RetinoidsDerivatives of vitamin A  

Prescription  Needed


Common Brand Names:

Retin-A, Retin-A Micro, Retin-A Micro Pump, Refissa, Atralin, Tretin-X, , Avita, Renova, , and TRETIN-X Cream Kit


Common Brand Names: Tazorac, Avage, and Fabior

 Prescription Not Needed

Topical Retinoids -  

Prescription Not Needed

Common Ingredient Names:

  • Retinol
  • Retinal (Retinaldehyde)
  • Retinyl Acetate
  • Retinyl Propionate
  • Retinyl Retinoate
  • Hydroxypinacolone Retinoate
  • Retinyl Palmitate
Each of the above are derivatives of vitamin A.  Retinoids work by increasing cell turnover, preventing collagen breakdown and by thickening the epidermis. Having a vitamin A product in your skin care routine is a must.
There’s no getting around it....
When choosing your Retinoid to slowdown, reduce or smooth out lines around your lip, you should consider the following:
  1. History Of Effectiveness
  2. Strength
  3. Inflammation Side Effects

Best Ingredient To Get Rid Of Wrinkles

Remember, I said there’s no magic bullet or single ingredient?
In order to achieve your goal, you must give your skin a topical nutritional meal of several ingredients.  I've listed a few magic bullets proven to help prevent or reduce wrinkles.

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Sunscreen  -  When properly applied helps prevent UV-induced skin damage. 

Vitamin C  -  Vitamin C increases collagen production in young skin as well as aged skin. 

Vitamin A (Retinol)  - It is essential for healing and collagen production.  Helps stop collagen degradation.

 Antioxidants  -   To fight free radicals damage.  Antioxidants prevent and protect your cells against the effect of free radical damage.

Next in line are Peptides 

Here’s where it gets tricky, peptides have different responsibilities to affect the skin in meaningful ways.  For you informational geeks:  4-important-topical-peptides-for-your-facial-routine  

Skin Care Routine Tip 

At the serum phase of your skin care routine, you should be more selective of your ingredients. The skin care product you’re using could have wonderful ingredients in its formula, but whose to say, your skin needs that particular ingredient. 

........Here’s an example
Perhaps you have a lot of sun damage, your skin looks thin and fragile.   You’ve been applying vitamin C because I told you it would help your skin synthesize collagen.   In addition to reducing free radical damage, a major factor in premature skin aging and wrinkle development.

You purchased an AHA product you saw on TV.  The advertisement said the AHA would solve all your skin care problems and take away your lines and wrinkles.   Recently everything you put on your skin stings or burns and your skin is increasingly becoming dryer.  You can't keep it hydrated.

Stop!!  Here's a skin care routine.  Let change this routine a little….

Instead of using AHA on your thin fragile skin, use a form of retinol known for its gentleness.

Now add a copper peptide product into your routine to repair your skin.   For a short while time, to correct the hydration problem, use a lipid repair product.  I'll explain what that is another time.

Copper peptide is a wound healing ingredient.  Studies on copper peptides have proven that skin photo-damage can be reduced from moderate to a mild. 

    Neova Study Results
See what I mean about  “there’s no one magic bullet”.   Here are three ingredients you can use to rebuild collagen protein fibers; vitamin A , C and Copper Peptide.   

Repeated UVA damage

Antioxidants Your Defense Against Free Radical Assault  

Antioxidants prevent and protect your cells against the effect of free radical damage.

Your skin has natural antioxidant capacity to reduce the potential damage caused by free radicals. 

Unfortunately this natural ability can be significantly reduced by constantly being exposed ultraviolet (UV) rays.

As we age, the skin’s response to environmental assault is reduced., the proficiency of antioxidants to defend the skin against free radical damage caused by repeated ultraviolet (UV) exposures is weakened.  

Skin aging

The accumulative negative effects on the skin cannot be undone, all though the effects on skin appearance can be temporarily improved. 

Partial List Of Topical Skin Care Antioxidants

Ferulic Acid Vitamin C Grape Seed
Coenzyme Q10 Vitamin E Vitamin A (Retinol)
Lutein Genistein Niacinamide
Green Tea Coffee Berry Resveratrol
Lycopene Alpha lipoic acid 


Vitamin  C -  The "General" Of Your Antioxidants Army

Although, vitamin A is an antioxidant, it can’t compare to the benefits a vitamin C.
By protecting collagen and elastin proteins, vitamin C helps reduce environmental damage produced by free radicals.   Vitamin C is a very powerful antioxidant, it is essential for collagen biosynthesis.  Studies have shown using topical Vitamin C increases collagen production in young skin as well as aging skin.

Benefits of topical vitamin C:
· Helps repair UV damage
· Protects collagen & elastin proteins
· Provides additional photoprotection 
· Helps increase collagen production

For you skin care minimalist who like it simple.  Here are my suggestions to get rid of wrinkles on the lips.

Vitamin A, C and peptides with a side order of antioxidants. 


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