One of the first places a person usually begins to develop wrinkles is on the face. Repeated facial expressions, UV exposure and smoking can cause wrinkles to appear earlier than genetics would otherwise dictate. In relation to mouth wrinkles, repeated facial expressions like smiling can cause the muscles in these areas to become tight. Grooves, or wrinkles, then form where the skin folds.
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There are several home remedies that can help reduce the appearance of these wrinkles. MotherNature.com notes that alpha-hydroxy acids--or AHAs--are an effective treatment. Commercially found in many skin care lotions, they are naturally derived from the likes of milk, sugarcane, wine, apples or lemons. Another creative home remedy is using papaya fruit topically. Papaya contains the enzyme papain, which has beneficial effects for the skin.
''Reader's Digest: 1001 Home Remedies'' advises soaking a flannel in milk and then applying to the mouth wrinkles. Leave for 15 minutes before rinsing off.
Blend papaya fruit into a pulp and then mix with equal parts cooked, but cooled, oatmeal. Apply to the skin and leave on as a face mask for 30 minutes.
MotherNature.com notes that the AHAs in milk will gradually, with daily application, peel off the top layers of dead skin, reducing the depth and appearance of wrinkles.
The papain enzymes of papaya help rebuild elastin. Elastin is a natural fiber in the skin, which is used to keep the skin firm and supple. The rebuilding of these fibers helps reduce wrinkling.
Consult a skin specialist before starting a course of self-treatment for your mouth wrinkles. Many of the popular cosmetic anti-aging creams available contain natural extracts like aloe vera or alpha-hydroxy acids derived from the likes of fruit, milk and sugarcane. Despite this, MayoClinic.com disputes the effectiveness of these products as there is little evidence to support their claims.
Unfortunately, mouth wrinkles cannot be treated with the likes of botox injections. Botox relaxes the muscles to reduce wrinkles, but this procedure is not useful for this area of the face as it will make eating and talking difficult.
Soft tissue fillers, on the other hand, can provide a clinical solution to mouth wrinkles. Collagen is injected into the site of the wrinkle. The collagen inflates the wrinkles until they align with the rest of the skin surface.