There's not one particular cause for a dark upper lip. It looks different on different people, depending on their skin tone and age. Here are some widely known causes:
* The most common reason is a hormonal imbalance. Menopausal women are usually prone to this. If you’re on birth control pills for a long time, it causes melasma, which is the scientific name for hyperpigmentation on some parts of your skin.
* Suntan and sunburns are another cause for dark skin above your upper lip. The skin around your lips and chin is quite sensitive and is the first to get affected by exposure to the sun. Smoking causes discoloration and pigmentation, especially around the lips.
* Waxing your upper lip or shaving it can lead to the formation of a dark patch on it. You should always resort to safer methods like bleaching (a good brand) or threading to avoid this. How To Lighten it?
Solution 1: Sugar Lip Scrub
You Need these:
* Lemon slice
*1 teaspoon sugar
Preparation Time: 2 minutes
How To Use
1. Cut a lemon into thin slices and dip them in sugar.
2. Rub a slice all over your lips and use it like a scrub. Use a toothbrush if you want.
3. Do it for 3-5 minutes.
Do this daily or as often as you can until you see results. Sugar is a natural exfoliator that removes dead skin that causes pigmentation over your lip. Lemon juice is a natural bleaching agent that reduces the darkness of the skin.
Solution 2: Hydroquinone Cream
Just apply a little bit of the cream over the darker parts of your face or upper lip and leave it on overnight.
Some hydroquinone creams can be applied during the day and come with an SPF that protect you from further damage. So, use something that has an SPF 30 at least.
Do it every day or as prescribed. Hydroquinone is categorized as a bleaching agent because it lightens the skin. It slows down the production of melanin, which causes darkness in the skin, and breaks it down.
Caution: Make sure you do a patch test and wait for 24 hours before you continue using the product. If you have sensitive skin or are not sure, it's always best to consult a dermatologist.