Hyperpigmentation on lips

Inflammation can occur in any part of the body, including in the skin.

This occurs due to melanin. Melanin is the pigment that is produced by cells called melanocytes. Melanin gives the skin its color. When the skin produces more melanin, it leads to hyperpigmentation.

Why are lips differently colored than regular skin?

Our skin is made up of many layers of cells whereas our lips are composed of only three to five layers of cells. This means that we have thinner skin on the lips. The pinkish or crimson color of the lips comes from the many networks of blood capillaries present just beneath the thin skin over the lips.

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Why are some lips darker than the others?

How can I prevent lip hyperpigmentation?

  • Quit smoking
  • Limit your sun exposure
  • Always wear sunscreen. There are various lip balms and lip products that come with SPF.
  • Hats are good to make a fashion statement as well as keep your face and lips protected from harsh UV rays if they are wide-brimmed.

How do I treat lip hyperpigmentation?

  • Lip hyperpigmentation can be treated by first treating the underlying cause.
  • For instance, if it is deduced that this lip discoloration is due to a certain medication, then that medication can be changed by your doctor.
  • Laser therapy
  • Cryotherapy
  • Surgery
  • Intense Pulse Light (IPL)
  • Photodynamic therapy
  • Topical bleaching agents
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