Hyaluronic Acid | Topical for Lips
Can hyaluronic acid actually plump lips when applied topically?
If hyaluronic acid is used topically in lip plumpers, its effect is mainly by getting into the very superficial layer of the epidermis to retain some moisture to make the skin appear plumper because it’s more hydrated. In this sense it’s an effective “hydrated”. Because the lips appear more hydrated they will seem plumper but not nearly as effective as traditional lip plumpers that work by irritating the skin.
Most topical lip plumpers work by irritating the surface of the lips to swell them. Usually peppermint oil and wintergreen are used. it is true that traditional lip plumpers can be very irritating to the skin. I often have patients that complain of persistent chapped lips after repetitive use. Although the effects of HA containing plumpers will not be as pronounced, they are probably better for your lips as they promote hydration.
If so, how does it work?
Hyaluronic acid is too large a molecule to actually get through the skin. It generally gets into the superficial layers of the epidermis and then attracts moisture to it. It can pull the moisture from within the skin but can also work well if a moisturizing lip product is applied on top.
Do results last, or does it require constant reapplication?
Typically the effects of lip plumpers last for a few hours. This isn’t bad to get through an evening event but may not last through a work day!
Do you have any favorite topical hyaluronic acid for the lips?