The skin wrinkles in many different ways as you get older, and after age forty, you may notice many different types of wrinkles, such as crow’s feet, the deepening of laugh lines, and upper lip wrinkles. In fact, some people note that wrinkles on the upper lip seemed to develop much quicker between the ages of 40-50 and become difficult to treat. There are a number of factors that cause upper lip wrinkles to develop, and some people are more at risk for getting them than others. However, the good news is that most factors that cause these wrinkles can be either eliminated or changed to reduce those risks. Not everyone will experience the rapid development of lip wrinkles after the age of forty, but those who do will be able to treat them more effectively once they understand what causes them.
Individuals who live in areas where the sun’s rays are plentiful, such as Florida, West Texas, Arizona, and Southern California are at greater risk for developing upper lip wrinkles than those who live in cooler, cloudier climates because the sun’s UV rays contain free radicals that can damage the skin and lead to premature aging.
When free radicals enter the skin, they destroy healthy skin cells by scavenging elements from them in order to chemically stabilize themselves. When healthy skin cells are destroyed by an influx of free radicals due to sun exposure, this causes premature aging, including the development of upper lip wrinkles.
If you want to combat wrinkles on the upper lip caused by sun exposure, you can prevent future damage to your skin by protecting your skin from the sun in two ways.
Firstly, you can apply a sunscreen to your skin that contains titanium dioxide or zinc oxide, both of which reflect the sun’s UV rays and prevent the skin from the harmful UV radiation. Some daily moisturizers have built-in SPF protection; however, you may want to choose one that has an SPF of at least 30, especially if you have fair skin. While SPF 15 may offer moderate protection for those with darker skin, those with mature or lighter skin may need something stronger.
Secondly, you may want to shield your face with a wide-brimmed hat if you need to go out in the sun, especially between the hours of 11 a.m. and 3 p.m., when the sun’s rays are at their strongest. The more your skin is protected from the sun’s rays, the less likely you are to suffer from premature aging and upper lip wrinkles.
Smoking and Upper Lip Wrinkles
Smoking causes upper lip wrinkles in several ways, but the main reason they develop in smokers is because of the repetitive motions they make when they inhale tobacco smoke. The puckering motion caused each time they inhale eventually causes wrinkles in the skin that deepen with time.
Tobacco also contains toxins that damage the surface of the skin by shrinking blood vessels and depriving the skin of oxygen. Further, when collagen and elastin are damaged from lack of blood flow, they are difficult to replace unless you undergo dermal filler injections to smooth out the wrinkles, which can be expensive and sometimes painful.
The most effective way to prevent upper lip wrinkles caused by smoking is to avoid smoking and stop or cut down if you already smoke. Quitting smoking has a number of health benefits to the skin, including lowering the risk of premature aging and the development of wrinkles. If you need help quitting, you can ask your doctor for advice. While upper lip wrinkles are not easy to treat or reduce, understanding their cause is the first step toward healthier, smoother skin.