Dark Skin around Lips: Remedies for Dark Skin on Upper or Lower Lip

Question: I have dark area on the top and bottom of my lip. What is the cause of this and what is solution to my condition?

Answer:  You are having hyper pigmentation of the skin around the lips; it is usually harmless, except for the cosmetic reason. Hyper pigmentation results due to excess of the melanin pigments in that area. Melanin pigments give color to the skin. The skin becomes darker due to the exposure to the sun.

It is the effect of the ultraviolet rays of the sun.

The other cause of dark skin around the lips can be due to cigarette smoking, a wrong tooth paste, or lipstick.

Home Remedies and Treatment for Dark Skin Around Lips

To get rid of the dark color around the lips you can follow some of the home remedy tips

  • Apply the mixture prepared from honey, lemon juice and curd around the lips. Lemon juice has natural bleaching quality, try it for two weeks and you will see the result.
  • Grate cucumber and mix lime juice to it. Apply it on the dark skin around the lips.
    Wash it after 15 to 20 minutes.
  • Rub lemon slice around the lips.
  • Apply aloe vera jel on the hyper pigmented area regularly.
  • Combination of gram flour, turmeric powder and curd if applied around the lips gives the desired result.
  • Try to use a good quality lipstick if you are using it.

Prevent Dark Skin on Lips

Apply sunscreen lotion when going out in the sun, quit smoking if a person is smoking as the smoke darkens the skin color, and reduce tea and coffee intake.


  1. ET said:

    I have a very dark skin and the skin around my lips and corner of mouth is hyper-pigmented. I have tried everything possible including the three sittings of laser treatment but there is no improvement. I always use toner cleanser and night cream with vitamins A and K. Please suggest me some good home remedies for dark skin around lips.

    July 21, 2010
  2. Anonymous said:

    What is the reason for dark skin under my lower lips and surrounding area of my mouth? Do my ovaries cause this problem?

    May 22, 2015
    • PUP said:

      Since face is the most exposed area of the body when you go out in sun, prolonged exposure to ultraviolet rays of sun can cause dark pigmentation on face and other exposed areas of the body. Cigarette smoking, hormonal changes that occur in PCOS (polycystic ovarian syndrome) can contribute for hyper- pigmentation.
      • If PCOS is the problem, consult your gynecologist.
      • Reduce your weight.
      • Avoid exposure to sunlight or apply sunscreen lotion before going out in sun.
      • Apply paste prepared by mixing milk cream and turmeric powder. Rub the dark area for few minutes with the paste before rinsing it with water.
      • Apply milk on dark area. It helps to fade the hyperpigmentation.

      May 22, 2015

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