'I'm a plastic surgeon and women can reduce their mouth wrinkles with skin product - but you must use it every single day'

Older woman / Woman applying cream above lips

An expert has shared important anti-ageing advice

Anna Barry

By Anna Barry

Published: 09/07/2024

- 13:58

Updated: 09/07/2024

- 14:27

Sunscreen and moisturiser are essential skin care products for combatting the issue

While developing wrinkles is a natural sign of ageing, some women will want to reduce their appearance.

A plastic surgeon spoke exclusively to GB News about how to minimise mouth wrinkles.

Eric Carniol from Carniol Plastic Surgery explained that around our mouths we have muscle, skin, fat and subcutaneous tissue that creates "smoothness".

However, with age - and sun exposure - this smooth layer becomes thinner.

Older woman pursing her lips

Developing wrinkles is a natural part of the ageing process but some women believe they are unsightly


The expert explained that barcode lips - or "smokers lips" - are the lines that form above and below the lips. He said: "They run up and down just like a barcode."

But despite their nickname, these lip wrinkles aren't reserved for just smokers. The plastic surgeon explained that people typically develop wrinkles in their 40s but it can also be earlier.

He added that premature wrinkles occur "especially in those who have gotten a lot of sun or have genetic factors".

While slight wrinkling is a natural aspect of ageing, the expert said that it is possible to reduce these mouth lines with some skin care and lifestyle tips.

He said: "The most important single tip is to use sunscreen every single day. It doesn’t matter if you are walking to the grocery store from your car - that is more sun exposure and UV radiation." He added that "moisturiser is always a good idea".

Cosmetic chemist and lab manager for Genie Supply Nicole Ho also spoke to GB News about how women can reduce these inevitable mouth wrinkles or "barcode lips".

She said: "To reduce wrinkles, women can use skin care products with hyaluronic acid and peptides.

"They should also apply broad-spectrum sunscreen with SPF 30+, stay hydrated, avoid smoking, and perform facial exercises.

"Maintaining a healthy lifestyle with a diet rich in antioxidants and regular exercise supports overall skin health."

While it is possible to combat this physical ageing with natural, at-home methods, "professional treatments like laser resurfacing, dermal fillers, and Botox injections can also be effective".


Middle aged woman touching lips

Using the right skin care products, staying hydrated, maintaining a balanced diet and avoiding smoking can help with wrinkles


For more tips on how to reduce mouth wrinkles and barcode lips, GB News spoke to skin experts about the best measures to achieve your beauty goals.

In other anti-ageing news, a skin expert spoke to GB News about a "non-negotiable" product.

A plastic surgeon also revealed that women over 30 should never use a drying product on their faces.

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