Dark Lips


Many people, particularly women, struggle with a dark upper lip area. Fortunately, there are improved treatments for dark upper lip areas that can help you regain lost colour and texture, giving you a more even tone and complexion. Here's where you can learn more about the causes and remedies for the dark upper lip area.


Dark spots or patches on the face, particularly around the upper lip area, can be caused by a variety of factors, including:

Sun Exposure: We often forget to apply sunscreen before going outside, which is an important part of our skincare routine. The skin above our lips is extremely sensitive, and sun exposure causes an increase in melanin production, resulting in dark or brown spots.

Traditional Removal Methods: Waxing the upper lip area can result in the appearance of black patches because of the sensitivity of the skin. Over time, you may notice some discolouration or dark blotches. Because of the frequent friction, shaving the hair in this area with a razor can discolour the skin.

Post Inflammatory Hyperpigmentation: Inflammation or injury to the skin can boost the formation of melanin throughout the healing process. It causes dark blotches that are brown, black, or greyish blue. It primarily affects people with darker skin tones and those who have been exposed to the sun. Infections like herpes, folliculitis, contact allergic reactions, acne, insect bites, and medication reactions are all major causes of PIH in the upper lip area.

Smoking: Another typical cause of black skin around the top lip is smoking. A regular smoking habit causes tar and nicotine to move to the lip and surrounding skin, resulting in discolouration.


The following are some of the most effective treatment options for reducing pigmentation in the upper lip area:

Chemical Peels- Skin peels help to lower melanin concentration by exfoliating the skin in a regulated manner. Because they are plant products, you should only use them under the guidance of a dermatologist.

Laser Treatment- If nothing else works, laser toning is a viable option to investigate. The laser’s heat radiation targets melanin deposits in the upper lip area, which helps to diminish pigmentation. You will see big effects after only a few sessions. Dermatologists recommend four-week intervals between laser toning procedures. The number of sessions required will vary depending on the severity and depth of pigmentation. Non-ablative lasers also have no downtime and diminish pigmentation in the upper lip area. Laser toning is a painless procedure that is especially effective for reducing pigmentation in sensitive areas like the upper lip.

Darkened lips are something a lot of people have. But, the important thing is that it can be treated. Your dermatologist may suggest any treatment option based on your concern, such as the kind, source, and depth of pigmentation, as well as a thorough inspection of your skin. So, book your appointment right away at our cosmetic clinic and get rid of darkened lips.


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