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Just as our skin tone differs from person to person, the colour of our lips are varied too. Lifestyle choices sometimes end up causing lips to become darker, but we can turn that around with just a little extra care and attention.
The winter season can especially be a tad troublesome because lips tend get to dry, dull and chapped, making them look darker. But if you are pining for lighter lips, we are at your service, Ma’am!
Dr Praveen Bharadwaj, Consultant – Dermatology, Manipal Hospital Whitefield, tells HealthShots some home remedies to get rid of the dark lips.
Conditions like environmental pollution and dehydration can result in dry, chapped, pigmented and dark lips. That’s why it’s important to drink as much water as you can. Especially in winter, make a conscious effort to have at least 8 glasses of water every day.
Eat both fresh fruits and veggies with high water content like watermelon, tomato, and cucumber, in order to moisten your lips and to improve the tone.
When our lips are dry, we tend to lick, pluck or chew them. It may cause harm, so don’t do that.
Dr Bharadwaj suggests applying moisturisers like coconut oil, ghee, or beeswax that are naturally available.
Saffron or beer root extract can be used as natural lip colours. This will keep lips healthy and fuller and will improve the lip colour.
Dr Bharadwaj explains the factors which can result in dark lips. Here they are:
Lip darkening occurs due to increased dark pigment called melanin.
Lip darkening may also occur due to deficiency of vitamin B 12.
Medical conditions like lichen planus and Addison’s disease may cause dark lips.
Localised darkening of lips may be a sign of malignancy. Along with this, repeated plucking can also cause dark lips.
The most common cause is irritation and subsequent darkening as a result of the use of lip cosmetics and smoking.
If you notice a sudden change in the colour of your lips, you need to pay more attention to it because it may indicate certain underlying conditions.
The cause of lichen planus is usually not known but these autoimmune conditions, lichen planus, and SLE can cause dark lips.
Many genetic conditions can cause dark lips.
The deficiency of cortisol in the body also called Addison’s disease can cause dark lips.
A type of skin cancer called melanoma can also be a cause of dark lips.