Pigmentation can occur on the lips along with other parts of the body. Excessive exposure to sunlight, smoking, licking the lips, using expired or dark shade lip color while out during the day, consuming too much coffee, and genetics are some of the reasons that can cause darkening of the lips. Drinking less coffee, hydrating the lips, using lip balm with SPF (sun protection factor) in it, and using topical creams prescribed by the doctor will reduce the pigmentation on the lips.
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How to lighten the darkness around my lips?
Query: Hello doctor,I see it is a little dark in color at the ends of my lips, so I applied honey and sugar mix on the dark area. It has now become even darker. So I started using Neutrogena fine fairness cream for lightening the dark color. After applying the cream, my entire skin started becoming red, an... Read Full »
Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. Darkness around the lips is most common in people who are naturally darker and have quite a bit of sun exposure. Nothing darkens the skin as much as sun exposure does. I would recommend that you use sunscreen SPF 30 or higher regularly, regardless of whether it is su... Read Full »
My lower lip is lighter than my upper lip, and I have a dark skin complexion. Please help.
Query: Hi doctor,My lower lip is lighter than my upper lip, and I have a dark skin complexion. If I use Mandelic acid, will it change my lower lip to its darker color? Read Full »
Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. I read your query and understand your concern. Mandelic acid will not help in your case. It could be some reaction to multiple cosmetics or lip balm products that there is a color difference. Always try to find dermatologically suitable lip balms or avoid them as muc... Read Full »
How to treat dark lines on the upper lip?
Query: Hello doctor, I have recently developed dark lines that align with my upper lip and curves downwards when I smile. I have no idea what this can be and how to treat it. Please let me know if you can help me. I use a cream to help with my acne, but I have been using it for the past four years now an... Read Full »
Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. I have seen the attached photo (attachment removed to protect patient identity) and read your history, and what you are having is pigmentary demarcation lines. Pigmentary demarcation lines can cause an appearance of uneven pigmentation over the face that can be wors... Read Full »
I am suffering from acne in addition to the pigmentations on my skin and lip. Kindly help.
Query: Hello doctor,I am suffering from acne, skin pigmentation, and lip pigmentation. Is there a remedy to lighten lip and skin pigmentation?Kindly help. Read Full »
Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. Thank you for your query. I understand your concern. It seems you have dark lips and a complexion. So I suggest you to follow a few instructions mentioned below. Avoid direct sunlight. Wear a hat or scarf when you go out in the sun. Use skin lightening cream dur... Read Full »
How to get rid of my dark lips?
Query: Hello doctor, I have very dark lips and I have never taken alcohol or smoked. I do not have diabetes or thyroid. Read Full »
Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. They are generally normal unless you have any symptoms like itching on them. Get complete hemogram done. Rarely vitamin B12 deficiency may cause it and it is also reflected in megaloblastic anemia. Avoid applying any cosmetic or frequent touching. Apply sunscreen Sun c... Read Full »
Why does the skin around the right side of my bottom lip appear dark and itchy?
Query: Hello doctor, The skin around my bottom lip on the right side has darkened overnight. I have no idea why this is happening. Initially, the skin was flaky, but now I have itching. Please help. Read Full »
Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. As per the history and image provided (attachments removed to protect the patient's identity), it seems like an allergic reaction called dermatitis. It appears around the lips for multiple reasons, including eating seasonal berries, especially strawberries, exposure ... Read Full »
What is the treatment for dry and dark lips?
Query: Hi doctor, My lips are dry and black at the edges. Please help. Read Full »
Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. In case you are a smoker, stop smoking. I suggest using Melanite cream daily only on the lips. Take a thin slice of lemon, sprinkle a bit of sugar on top and rub it on your lips. It will exfoliate dead cells, so new and fresh skin can appear. Use this remedy daily for a f... Read Full »
Why is my eczema flaring up after ten years?
Query: Hello doctor, I was suffering from eczema since childhood. But it was not showing any symptoms for the past ten years. Now, my skin started itching suddenly about a week ago, and my eczema flared up on my arm. And also, my lips started itching, and there are brownish patches on the inner lip. The... Read Full »
Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. I have seen your attachments (attachments removed to protect the patient’s identity) Kindly answer the following questions to help you better; 1) Is there itching over lips? 2) Did you make any changes in your diet? Because some people may... Read Full »
Why did I get high color retention with semi-permanent lip blush treatment?
Query: Hi doctor, After eight years, I have attempted to have semi-permanent lip blush again. I had this done eight years ago and experienced high color retention problems in parts of my lips. Once settled, small areas had to be washed with saline to reduce the harsh color. As technology and pigments have... Read Full »
Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. Any history of Tacroz gel or steroid cream use? Do you have a habit of lip-licking? Lip lick dermatitis, cheilitis, or perioral hyperpigmentation? Do you have dry, flaky lips, cracked or fissures? Any history of atopy or allergies? Do you have a dry skin type? Anu... Read Full »
Does dark lips in newborn indicate any underlying cause?
Query: Hello doctor, My 1-month-old baby has dark (black) lips and it seems not normal for me. What will I do? Read Full »
Dr. Bhaisara Baraturam Bhagrati
Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. I understand your concern. Dark lips can be because of multiple factors. Commonest being cyanosis. Cyanosis usually occurs in heart disease. But, I would like to know does it increases when the baby cry, if yes then you need to see a doctor to evaluate congenital... Read Full »