DMAE, an abbreviation for dimethylaminoethanol, is a nonirritating antioxidant base that works to protect cells and rejuvenate skin, often in combination with amino acids and other nutrients.
Studies suggest that DMAE can play a role in making skin firmer, smoother, and brighter, while also reducing the appearance of lines and wrinkles. Dr. Perricone includes DMAE in 16 of his products, ranging from dietary dmae supplements and moisturizers to skin smoothers.
This article will discuss:
- Effects of topical DMAE cream on skin
- Who uses DMAE cream?
Effects of topical DMAE on skin
A multi-center, double-blind study designed to determine the safety of topical DMAE found that DMAE facilitated statistically significant improvements in the appearance of the skin. In this study, 156 participants at three different centers applied either a moisturizer containing DMAE or a DMAE-free placebo. Every 2 weeks, for an 18-week period, a dermatologist assessed the participants’ skin and rated improvement on a scale from 0 to 9.
In addition to showing virtually no irritation or dryness resulting from DMAE use, the study also produced proof of its efficacy as an anti-aging treatment. The dermatologists noted significant improvement in:
- Overall appearance of aging skin
- Forehead lines
- Coarse wrinkles
- Eye area
- Lip area and smile lines
- Sagging skin
Perricone MD also performed his own studies on the effects of topical DMAE on various parts of the body that could benefit from lifting and tightening, including the face (particularly the eye area, lips, and jawline), neck, thighs, and buttocks area. He found that treatments that include DMAE both work quickly and provide lasting results. Many people see visible effects within 30 minutes of using a DMAE treatment that last up to 24 hours, and repeated application of the treatment can help create permanent effects.
Dr. Perricone studied DMAE’s ability to increase skin firmness by applying DMAE lotion to one side of 17 participants’ faces and necks. After about 30 minutes, a dermatologist and a cosmetics expert judged the difference between the treated and untreated sides of the participants’ faces. They observed a visible improvement on the treated side that appeared to last 24 hours after just one application.
Once participants began using DMAE cream every day, they achieved even more dramatic results. DMAE promotes the production of acetylcholine, which is responsible for creating muscle tone and movement. Topical DMAE treatments can increase in muscle tone in the face to help create a lifted and more youthful appearance. Some of Dr. Perricone’s patients even reported that the tips of their noses appeared to lift, in response to a newly tightened forehead.
Neck and Jawline
DMAE cream has the same firming effects on the neck and jawline. With just one application, the skin tone of the neck improved. With several weeks of regular application, patients’ jawlines appeared more defined.
One of the most visible improvements that DMAE’s skin-tightening ability can bring about is an “eye lift” effect in creams and treatments targeted to that area.
Dr. Perricone’s eye lift cream combines DMAE with alpha lipoic acid and vitamin C ester to treat sagging and fine lines around the eyes and encourage a natural, visibly lifted look to the eyelids and surrounding skin.
DMAE, in combination with other antioxidants, can also produce a lip plumping effect. DMAE in products like Dr. Perricone’s Lip Plumper helps to increase circulation to the lips, making them look fuller and firmer.
DMAE can also address thin or lined skin around the lips.
Thighs and Buttocks
In stronger concentrations, DMAE may even address dimpling in the thighs and buttocks.
DMAE appears to produce visible improvement in about 20 minutes in those areas as well.
Dr. Perricone talks about his DMAE products in this video:
Who uses DMAE cream?
Dr. Perricone’s research has revealed that DMAE can produce beneficial effects on the skin of people as young as their twenties. DMAE can be a safe and effective treatment for any age and any condition of skin.
DMAE’s ability to help contour skin beginning to lose elasticity, capacity to tighten and tone, and power to help reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, make it a useful staple in the skin care routines of many types of people. Because of its nonirritating nature, it is even appropriate for sensitive or delicate skin.
As a cosmetic treatment to produce fast results or as a part of a broader anti-aging regimen, DMAE is a potent active ingredient that anyone interested in better skin can use and can be found in many of Dr. Perricone’s skin care products.