Nobody likes chapped lips. Not only are they unsightly, but they could also start bleeding and this can be rather painful. Dry, cracked lips can be caused by a number of factors. Extremely dry weather is the number one cause for dry lips. Excessive exposure to the sun also affects not just your lips, but also your entire face. Sometimes, being dehydrated can also cause dry, flaky lips.
One of the best ways to treat dry lips is to apply some Retin A cream on them. The cream contains Tretinoin, which is a form of Vitamin A that is best known for rejuvenating the skin. Retin A also helps to add volume to your lips. Here is all you need to know about using Retin A on your lips, and other benefits the cream might have on your skin:
Plumps Out Your Lips
If you find your lips to be rather too small for your liking, then you might find some recourse in Retin A. The cream is rich in Hyaluronic Acid, which is used to plump out various parts of the skin. The acid attracts water at an exceedingly high rate. This then gives volume to the desired area. Better still, Retin A promotes the creation of new collagen fibers. This is important in boosting the volume of your lips by making the skin around them firmer and tighter.
Treats Dry Lips
Another major benefit of Retinol A on lips is that it promotes the healing of dry, cracked lips. First, it stimulates the removal of the dead skin on your lips, which is usually flaky and unpleasant to look at. This reveals the new shiny layer of skin that lies underneath. With this cream, you can permanently put the days of chapped lips behind you.
How to Use Retinol A on Lips
Retinol A is a usually sold as a topical cream, although gels of the substance do exist. You are strongly advised not to ingest the cream as this can have disastrous consequences. So then, how can you safely apply the cream on the lips without ingesting it?
First of all, you should only apply the cream to the outer parts of the lips. Secondly, most specialists advise that you apply the cream only when you are going to bed. This lowers your chances of licking your lips and ingesting the cream.
It is also important to only use the cream as per the instructions. Overdosing will not do your skin any good; it will not even hasten the healing of cracked lips. Simply follow your physician’s instructions to the latter and you should see gradual improvement.
Also, don’t give up on the cream after using it for a few days. Given its mild nature, it might be weeks before you even notice any changes on your lips. Moreover, the cream works from the inside out. It starts by healing the inner layers of the skin and then polishes up the exterior. Therefore you must be really patient to see any results. Usually, it will take 8-12 weeks for chapped lips to heal completely.
Other Benefits of Retin A For Your Skin
The benefits of Retin A on the skin are many varied, and include the following:
- Treats acne
- Fights sun damage
- Clears wrinkles
- Treats Keratosis Pilaris
Retin A Uses
Acne is one of the most devastating skin conditions. Not only are the breakouts unpleasant, but the aftermath can also be quite unsightly. Retin A has been shown to go a long way in treating acne. First, the compound clears the skin pores, getting rid of the oil that clogs them. This makes it hard for acne to fester on such skin since it thrives on clogged, oily pores. Additionally, the creams reduce the production of oil on the face. Less oil lowers the chances of an acne breakout. Finally, the cream helps to get rid of old cells that give the face a dull appearance. Like unblocking the skin pores, exfoliation also minimizes the chances of acne developing on the face.
As you age, your skin loses its elasticity. This is as a result of a drop in the levels of collagen being produced by the body. Reduced elasticity translates to sagging skin and this further results in the creation of wrinkles and fine lines. Retin A has been shown to promote the production of collagen in the body. This restores skin elasticity and makes the skin a lot firmer. The cream has been proven to be one of the most effective ways to fight wrinkles as well as many other signs of aging.
Fights Sun Damage
Another benefit that comes with using Retin A creams is that they promote healing of sun- damaged skin. Some of the most evident signs of sun damage include the presence of sunburns, intense inflammation and even the falling off of damaged skin. Needless to say, the aftermath of excessive exposure to the sun is painful.
Rubbing some Retin A cream on the affected area can help ease the pain significantly. The cream has a soothing effect on the area which helps to reduce the inflammation. Additionally, its exfoliation properties help to remove the affected cells. This hastens the healing process considerably.
Good for Keratosis Pilaris
Keratosis Pilaris is a skin condition that affects a majority of the population. Although it does not cause any health risks, it is not very appealing to the eyes. There is no known cure for the condition, although there are certain substances that make it less conspicuous. Retin A is one of these substances. It has been shown to reduce the size and redness of the rashes.
Worried about using Retin-A on your lips? why not try this alternative retinol cream instead:
What Causes Marionette Lines?
As aforementioned, marionette lines run from the sides of the mouth downwards to the chin. They can be described as grooves or furrows that run from the mouth to the jawline. Marionette lines are caused when the Depressor Anguli Oris muscle becomes toned causing it to pull down the sides of the mouth.
Others believe that having a skinnier face increases the risk of toning your surface muscles and thus associate it with a higher likelihood of having marionette lines. However, these grooves will show up in due time as they are an inevitable result of aging. You can only delay them for so long, but they eventually show up when you start losing the fat in your face as you grow older.
Can Retin-A Help Marionette Lines?
There are various ways to go about reversing marionette lines ranging from fillers and Botox to facelifts and use of cream. If you do not prefer incisions, the best way to go about it is using topical creams like Retin-A. There are various other options in the market and while finding them should be effortless, it is important to carefully review each offer. This will not only help you find top quality products but also ensures you are safe. The big question is can Retin-A help marionette lines?
Marionette lines are usually difficult to deal with even for beauticians and require a lot of effort for any significant change to be noted. Most creams provided for reducing facial wrinkles act on surface muscles and cannot effectively penetrate deep tissue. Retin-A acts by improving the skin’s elasticity and allowing it to renew itself by shedding off the dead cells. It certainly achieves some level of restoration and will reduce any surface wrinkles.
However, Retin-A alone cannot adequately eliminate marionette lines since the condition is caused by Depressor Anguli Oris muscles that lie within the deep folds. Nonetheless, there are various testimonials that show much promise on the use of Retin-A and the science offers some backing to how it works. With improved elasticity, the skin will be able to withstand any pulling from the Depressor Anguli Oris muscles and stop marionette lines from getting defined.
Using Retin-A for marionette lines is a simple process that only requires precautions. Like most procedures, it involves cleaning and drying the skin before you start applying the cream. The steps include the following;
- Cleaning and drying:
It is recommendable to let the skin dry for 20-30 minutes before applying Retin-A. Make sure you wash your hands before and after applying. The cream works well on dry skin and prevents irritations.
Retin-A should be applied on the skin only and not taken by mouth. Users should follow the doctor’s prescriptions. Do not use Retin-A if you are allergic to tretinoin or if you are pregnant or nursing. Once applied, the cream should be left to dry for at least one hour before you wash it away. Only light layers of Retin-A should be used to avoid piling.
Remember to wear some sunscreen to avoid sunburns as the cream does have its own burning sensation. Avoid direct sunlight and use the cream only as prescribed by your doctor.
Retin-A may take several weeks to start showing its effects so users are advised to be patient. Unlike surgeries and incisions like Botox and fillers, Retin-A relies on the skin’s natural rejuvenation which does not happen overnight. Some dermatologists recommend a combination of Retin-A (topical cream) and face exercises to tighten facial skin. Although this has some benefits, it is advisable to use Retin-A with reasonable expectations as there is no single topical cream that can eliminate all marionette lines. Even the intrusive procedures do not guarantee 100% elimination of marionette lines unless you consider a full plastic surgery.
Retin-A can help the skin renew its properties and tighten a little bit. When applied regularly as prescribed, the cream will continue to improve your skin’s elasticity and reduce the appearance of wrinkles and fine lines. It can also be used to target marionette lines and fade the groves so they are not quite defined. It also moisturizes the skin making it look fuller and concealing the lines.
However, applying Retin-A requires various precautions as it increases skin sensitivity and is also harsh to the eyes, nose, and lips. What’s more, it will not remove all your marionette lines. As a best practice, dermatologists and cosmetologists alike recommend combining Retin-A with other procedures to maximize its benefits. Dermabrasions, fillers and Botox treatments are better alternatives if you are open to incisions and injections. They are more effective, but even these procedures will still leave you with some lines.
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