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As we grow older, the fine lines and wrinkles on our face deepen and become more pronounced. This is a result of skin losing its elasticity while the collagen fibers begin to break down. Many women have benefited from the use of Botox injections. Botox works by reducing muscle contractions that result in persistent facial lines that develop over time.

You may have come across a topical Botox solution consisting of argireline which distinguishes itself as an alternative to Botox injections. Argireline was created by a company named Lipotech and can be found in a number of serums and creams as a treatment for reducing wrinkles and fine lines. Just how effective is argireline?

Understanding How Argireline Works

According to Lipotech, argireline reduces wrinkles in a manner that is similar to Botox. That is, it relaxes facial muscles to lessen the amount of repetitive movement that causes frowns and lines. The company claims that argireline accomplishes this by preventing the brain's release of neurotransmitters that cause the facial muscles to contract. Over time, the wrinkles and fine lines begin to diminish because the repetitive motion of the facial muscles has been largely eliminated.

Beneath The Claim's Surface

Lipotech offers research that proves the efficacy of argireline. What they don't offer as readily is the fact that Lipotech sponsored the research; there have been few results from long-term studies published from an outside source (independent of Lipotech). While company sponsored research doesn’t necessarily mean that it is bad research, it should be taken for what it is.  

Another issue involves the inhibited release of neurotransmitters (specifically, catecholamines) from the brain. Many of these neurotransmitters, such as epinephrine and dopamine, are required by your body to maintain your health. Inhibiting their release could have long-term health impacts.

While studies have shown benefits from topical application of argireline, one of the reasons why Botox is administered by injection is because the agent must be delivered to the muscles. The needle goes through the epidermis and connective tissue before being delivered into the underlying facial muscles. A topical agent that is applied as a cream is unlikely to penetrate as effectively through the skin and tissue before reaching the muscles underneath.

So, Which Is Better?

A cream that can be easily applied to reduce wrinkles with the level of success claimed by Lipotech would indeed be an impressive formula. Based upon what we know about the skin and the tissue underneath the epidermis, argireline although shown to be effective, is likely to have a smaller effect than Botox.  

Sharmani Pillay is a Registered Pharmacist who specializes in anti aging skin care. She owns and operates an online skin care store at [Link Removed] 

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