Updated 26 October 2016

Chewing gum may cause wrinkles

Chewing may lead to muscle overuse that causes lines and folds around the mouth.


Chewing gum may cause wrinkles, warn some cosmetic surgeons.

Two possible reasons

"Many of my patients who are gum chewers have a certain pattern of wrinkles around their mouth. And I think the gum is responsible to some degree for it," Dr Joel Schlessinger, a dermatologist and cosmetic surgeon in Omaha, Nebraska., told MSNBC.

There are two possible reasons why chewing gum may contribute to wrinkles, according to experts. First, the repetitive motion of chewing leads to muscle overuse that causes lines and folds around the mouth.

In addition, chewing gum can dislodge dermal fillers injected into people's faces in order to lump out their wrinkles, MSNBC reported.

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