Full lips are having a serious moment. We’re constantly hearing about new ways to inject, plump, or define our pouts for a bigger pucker.
After the Ice Bucket challenge and the Cinnamon challenge, comes the Kylie Jenner Lip challenge.
It is a challenge where teenagers put their lips into a shot glass, small jar or bottle, suck out the air and create a vacuum. These teenagers hope will get the pouty lips like Kylie Jenner. However, it is not that simple and the results appear to be far from desirable. Some of them end up with soreness, torn skin or bruises.
Lip cupping anyone? If you do not already know, lip cupping is a 100% natural method for lip enlargement. You can now enlarge your lips instantly using suction technology! Lip cupping has been on the market for at least 5 years. Its concept derives from an ancient suction method known as ‘Cupping’- which may date back to as far as 3,500 years ago.
Lip cupping has a side effect which everyone should be aware of. Like ‘Cupping’, the practice of ‘lip cupping’ causes hickey marks- similar to cupping marks- on and around the lips for first-time users. The hickey marks can range from mild to quite intense marks depending on gender and age. Men and young adults tend to get milder marks than women and the elderly. In a lip cupping clinical trial, the results showed that on average the hickey marks resolve themselves in 4 days.
80% of testers got mild hickey marks, 5% got intense hickey marks and 15% got no hickey marks. The older you get, the longer the hickey marks may take to resolve. SO BEWARE. You can use a concealer cream for a few days as needed. Once you are through with the conditioning period of 7 to 10 days, the hickey marks are not likely to return if you use the lip pump daily.
Tips: Many users have reported that you can reduce or avoid the appearance of the cupping marks by using less time per application.
If you have lip implants, you cannot use lip plumper suction devices. These devices may cause migration or movement of the lip implants.
If you have very sensitive skin or bleed easily or have a blood disorder, you cannot use the lip plumper suction devices. Follow this link to learn more about who cannot use these products.
Benjamin Barankin, a Canadian dermatologist says girls are damaging their lips with this challenge.
The bruises, blistering and infection of the lips would need antibiotics to treat them. The bruising can last for 7-10 days and look awful. Also, this hurts the collagen and elastin, the proteins that give your lips firmness and plumpness.
If you have a sensitive skin and often deal with cold sores, you will even more hurt the lip tissue.
The aggressive suction would last up to 24 hours, and then you are left with the consequences.
This trend of plumping your lips is worrying. Besides causing pain, swelling and bruising, it can lead to a potential risk of scarring and lasting disfigurement with recurring attempts.
Also, there is a risk of breaking under pressure with the shot glass if the suction is too powerful. It can cause cuts around the mouth.