Can you permanently damage your skin with argireline?
Argireline is a peptide complex. It works in two ways, according to the Textbook of Aging Skin:
- Stops formation of a complex necessary for neurotransmitter release, called the SNARE complex.
- Inhibits the release of neurotransmitters, including catecholamines, noradrenaline, and adrenaline.
So is Argireline Damaging?
On the one hand, it won’t be for most people. Argireline needs to diffuse through the top layers of skin to reach the crucial muscle-nerve connections like injectable BotoxTM. Some prominent dermatologists, like Dr. Leslie Baumann, M.D., are skeptical that peptides even work at all, stating, “Peptides do not penetrate and they are unstable in the formulations.” I had my mother once try an argireline cream, and it did absolutely nothing for her.
On the other hand, there is limited data showing results. Some people are getting significant results from argireline – and for them, the concern is that argireline is applied all over the face, whereas BotoxTM is injected into specific areas. As any skilled BotoxTM practitioner can tell you, where and how you inject BotoxTM makes a huge difference in not only the expression lines, but also, to some extent, the contours of a face. Granted, the effect of topically-applied argireline will be far less than injected BotoxTM , but you get the idea.
So if I were to use argireline, I would recommend using itonly on wrinkled areas – not all over the face.
Is Facial Sagging From Argireline Permanent?
No, it definitely shouldn’t be. As any BotoxTM user can tell you, after a few months, the facial freezing effect completely wears off. The neurotransmitter complex is no longer inhibited, and neurotransmitters resume prior activity. Histological analysis shows absolutely no difference in tissues before and after long-term BotoxTM treatment (European Journal of Neurology, 2006).
Since argireline works on the same pathways as BotoxTM, and to a much lesser extent (topically applied rather than injected), it should not exhibit permanent sagging effects, even if it is applied all over the face. It may take a few months to wear off – considering that injected BotoxTM on one area of the face takes six months, topically-applied argireline should take one to three months, from my best estimate.
Hope this helps,
Founder and CEO Nicki Zevola started FutureDerm as a medical (M.D.) student studying to be a dermatologist. She is an award-winning scientific researcher and writer. She currently is concentrating on FutureDerm and developing FutureDerm's one-of-a-kind products. She can be found on Google+ and Twitter.View all Nicki Zevola posts.
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