Dr Ross Perry Warns Against Wasabi Lip Plumper

05 Dec 2016 | Category: Cosmetic

Beware of ‘Natural’ DIY Cosmetic Treatments

lip fillersThe internet is full of DIY beauty tricks which purport to save you money on beauty treatments, yet doctors advise to approach these ideas with care. 

The Metro.co.uk investigated DIY beauty treatments after beauty DIY blogger Farah Khukai recommended using wasabi as ‘natural lip filler’.

In an Instagram video she recommended rubbing a tiny amount of wasabi over the lips, leaving it on for one minute, then wiping it off with a damp cloth or baby wipe.

Her Instagram caption starts:

“NATURAL LIP FILLERS – get SOFT, PLUMP, FULL, lips without needles or sucking on cups or objects”

and goes on to say:

“THIS one trick is a great way to get plump lips that look like you’ve had fillers – they’ll be extremely soft, wrinkles will be filled in, they’ll have a natural pink color, and they’ll be so plump ppl will think youve had them done? all you need is: ✅WASABI! – $4 for a tube at the grocery store or you can keep the leftovers from sushi dates”

However, Metro.co.uk explains how the treatment works:

“…because what wasabi is actually doing is severely irritating your lips, making them swell. Farah doesn’t mention how frequently you should do this treatment, and doesn’t offer any warning about not doing the trick on broken skin (which would be very painful). Basically, wasabi will work as a plumper, but that really doesn’t mean you should use it as one.”

Metro.co.uk asked Dr Ross Perry for his expert opinion:

“The idea of putting wasabi on your lips as an alternative form of lip plumping is stupid and irresponsible for numerous reasons.

“Lip swelling maybe achieved but it is temporary and completely unpredictable in how much swelling you will get.

“There is also the real risk although unlikely of allergy and anaphylaxis that could be life threatening. Using irritants can also trigger a cold sore so the result could be much worse.

“Avoid lip swellers is my advice.”

Metro concludes:

“The lesson here is simple. Just because something is ‘natural’ doesn’t mean it’s necessarily better than a well-tested product, and even if it is better, that doesn’t mean it’s good for you. And just because someone on Instagram does it, that doesn’t mean you should to.

“And seriously, please don’t rub wasabi on your lips. It just seems like a bad idea all round, especially when you consider that a lot of the wasabi you buy isn’t actually wasabi, and actual wasabi can often end up being fairly pricey.”

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Dr Ross Perry regularly provides expert comment and advises the media on a range of skincare and health-related issues.

He has particular expertise in skin surgery mole removal, sun damage and melanoma; having removed thousands of moles in his career, both within the NHS and privately through Cosmedics Skin Clinics.


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