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What are Lip Lines And How to Get Rid of it?

Editor's Note: This article has been recently updated with latest information and research studies.

Your lips are one of the most attractive and delicate features of your face and therefore, even a little damage to them can make them look dull and unattractive and affect your overall look. If you don’t take good care of your lips, you can face many problems, such as dark spots, dryness and wrinkles. The good news is that with little care these problems can be cured. However, problems like wrinkles on the lips can be signs of aging and you can only slow the process down and hold off aging for a bit.

What are Lip Lines?

Lip lines are one of the major signs of aging and they appear in the region around your lips. They usually appear when a person reaches his/ her 50s, but if you are younger than this and you see lip lines appearing around your lips, you should immediately start the treatment to remove* them. Normally the skin around your lips is smooth and stretched, but after the appearance of lip lines, your skin will sag, not only making your lips look unattractive, but affecting your entire look.

Vertical Lip Lines

Vertical lip lines are a type of lip lines also known as perioral lines. They appear above your upper lip up till the base of your nose. These lip lines are formed when the volume of your skin around the mouth reduces* and hence, the skin starts to sag.

What Causes Lip Lines?

There are several reasons, which cause lip lines to appear around your mouth. If you see lip lines appearing around your mouth at an early age, you should immediately eliminate* these causes of lip lines from your daily routine. A few of these reasons are explained below.

Habits

You might not realize, but your simple habits like smoking can become a major cause of lip lines. Smoking and drinking alcohol makes our mouth dry and therefore, makes the skin lose* its elasticity well before time. As a result, when we move our mouth, lines start to appear, which become irreversible due to the dryness of skin around the mouth. Other habits that contribute towards lip wrinkles are drinking from a straw or bottle, kissing and whistling. All these factors constrict the muscles around your mouth and hence, cause wrinkles to appear at a young age.

Movements

Simple movements like smiling very often can become a cause of lip lines. Similarly pouting a lot can create lines around the lips permanently. Furthermore, losing weight will result in the appearance of lines in the regions from where fat gets depleted.

Exposure

Harsh weather conditions are the biggest threat to your lips. Exposure to sunlight causes the lips to lose* their natural moisture very quickly and this results in their pigmentation. This is because lips contain very little melanin and are therefore, easily damaged by the ultra violet radiations from the sun. Air pollution and dry weather can also make your lips dry and cracked, causing lines to appear around them. Regularly wearing lipstick with artificial ingredients will also drain the skin of your lips from its natural oils and make them dry – a perfect condition for lip lines to appear.

Shapes

The structure of your lips and skin type also determines the age at which you may get lip lines. People with thin skin are more prone to lines as compared to those who have a thicker skin. Similarly, people with oily skin tend to get fewer wrinkles as compared to people with a dry skin. Thus, your genetic makeup also determines how easily you can get lip wrinkles.

Dental

Dental hygiene is extremely important. Even not using the right toothpaste can lead to dryness around the mouth. Furthermore, losing a tooth can cause the skin to sag around that region, resulting in lip lines eventually.

How To Get Rid Of Lip Lines?

You can use a few simple home remedies to reduce* the lips lines. One of the ways is to exfoliate your lips and the skin around your lips. By exfoliating, you remove* dead skin cells from the region, which can prevent wrinkling caused by accumulation of dead skin cells. A simple way is to use a lip balm or moisturizer to prevent your lips from drying out. Buy a lip balm with anti-oxidants such as Vitamin A, C and E. Moreover, avoid going out in the sun without a sunblock. Another remedy is drinking lots of water, which naturally improves* the elasticity of your skin.

Removing* Vertical Lip Lines

Honey treatment is quite popular to remove* vertical lip lines. All you need to do is apply a thin layer of honey on your lips and leave it for about ten minutes. Vitamin E oil can also be used to moisturize your lips and the area around them. Vitamin E speeds up skin cell regeneration and improves* the elasticity of your skin.

Ways To Plump* Limp Lips

Olive oil is the best way to plump* limp lips. All you need to do is moisturize your lips every night with olive oil and gradually the lines from your lips will start to fade away. You can also use castor or almond oil for moisturizing. If you want to buy a lip moisturizer, then ensure that is contains extracts from berries, which are known to make your lips naturally rosy and plump*.

What Are The Possible Lip Lines Removal Treatments For Lip Lines?

If you feel that your lips lines are not going away by using natural treatments, you can try out artificial treatments

  • Laser Removal: A laser removal will simply eliminate* any lines that have appeared around your lips.
  • Injections: Special injections contain ingredients, which make your lips plump* and hence, stretch your skin, causing the wrinkles to disappear.
  • Lip Plumper: Lip plumpers are easily available in the market and you simply need to apply them as an ointment. Like injections, they also plump* your lips and eliminate* lip lines; the results however are temporary.

Although, these artificial methods are effective, it is strongly advised to use natural treatments first. However, if you plan to use artificial treatments always make sure to consult a renowned dermatologist and ask him/her about any possible allergies or infections you might get from an artificial procedure.