How To Lighten Dark Upper Lip Naturally

Those dark upper lips can be very unsettling. I understand. And, the problem is not with dark skin; the problem is with some parts of the face being darker than the rest. Not many people relate to this, but it can be a real cause of embarrassment. Of course, there are many cosmetics that can help you camouflage these issues, but they offer temporary respite. You need to fix this permanently, so how do you do that? Take the natural home remedies route – it might be a little slow, but it is the safest way of doing it.

In this article, we are going to help you with home remedies that use ingredients in your kitchen and fridge. They cost practically nothing and give great results. So, let’s dive right in and look at these remedies. But before that, let’s look at the factors that cause your upper lip to become dark.

What Causes Dark Upper Lips?

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:

If you map these common causes to your lifestyle, you can take care of most of them. For example, if it is due to hormonal imbalance, it will slowly fade away as your hormones stabilize. Here are some methods that will help you reduce the appearance of those dark spots or a mustache like a shadow above your lip.

How To Lighten Dark Upper Lip Naturally

  1. Sugar Lip Scrub
  2. Hydroquinone Cream
  3. Turmeric Mask
  4. Lemon Juice And Honey
  5. Carrot Juice
  6. Toothbrush
  7. Potato Juice
  8. Honey And Rose Petals
  9. Glycerin
  10. Beetroot
  11. Orange Peels
  12. Gram Flour, Honey, And Milk

1. Sugar Lip Scrub

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What You Need
Preparation Time

2 minutes

Processing Time

5 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.
How Often?

Daily or as often as you can until you see results.

Why This Works

Sugar is a natural exfoliator that removes dead skin that causes pigmentation over your lip (1). Lemon juice is a natural bleaching agent that reduces the darkness of the skin (2).

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2. Hydroquinone Cream

What You Need

Hydroquinone cream

How To Use

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.

How Often?

Every day or as prescribed.

Why This Works

Hydroquinone is categorized as a bleaching agent because it lightens the skin (3). 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.

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3. Turmeric Mask

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What You Need
Preparation Time

2 minutes

Processing Time

20 minutes

How To Use
  1. Mix all the ingredients to form a smooth paste.
  2. Apply the paste on the area above your upper lip.
  3. Leave it on for about 20 minutes and then rinse it off with cold water.
How Often?

At least 2-3 times a week.

Why This Works

Turmeric contains curcumin that balances the production of melanin (4). It is also an excellent anti-inflammatory agent, so it helps with sunburns and other skin issues (5). Tomato juice contains astringents, and lemon juice is known for its natural bleaching properties (6).

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4. Lemon Juice And Honey

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What You Need
Preparation Time

2 minutes

Processing Time

Overnight

How To Use
  1. Mix equal parts of honey and lemon juice in a bowl.
  2. Apply it over your upper lip and leave it on overnight.
  3. Rinse your face with cold water first thing in the morning.
How Often?

Do this every day until you see results.

Why This Works

Honey not only moisturizes your skin but also repairs the damage caused due to pollution, sunburns, and UV rays (7). Mixing this with lemon can repair your skin to a great extent.

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5. Carrot Juice

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What You Need
Preparation Time

5 minutes

Processing Time

30 minutes

How To Use
  1. Soak a cotton pad in the carrot juice.
  2. Place it over the upper lip where the skin is dark or just apply it with your hands.
  3. Leave this on for 20-30 minutes.
How Often?

As often as possible or until you see results.

Why This Works

Carrot juice is filled with vitamin A and antioxidants like beta-carotene that repair your skin and help with skin lightening (8).

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6. Toothbrush

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What You Need

Toothbrush (soft bristles)

Processing Time

5 minutes

How To Use
  1. Massage with the toothbrush over your lip or the affected area in a circular motion.
  2. Do this for 5 minutes or so.
How Often?

As often as you can.

Why This Works

It seems trivial, but a toothbrush is an exciting hack. It works as a great massaging tool and improves blood circulation. The bristles help boost blood circulation,  remove any dead cells, and clear clogs. Make sure you use a toothbrush with soft bristles.

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7. Potato Juice

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What You Need
Preparation Time

5 minutes

Processing Time

Overnight

How To Use
  1. Dip a cotton ball in the potato juice.
  2. Apply it over your upper lip.
  3. Leave it on overnight and wash it away the next morning.
  4. You could also leave the soaked ball on your lip overnight.
How Often?

At least 2-3 times a week.

Why This Works

Potato juice is known to work wonders for dark circles, pigmentation, premature aging, etc. (9). It is loaded with vitamins A, B, and C, all of which help with the lightening of spots.

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8. Honey And Rose Petals

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What You Need
Preparation Time

10 minutes

Processing Time

Overnight

How To Use
  1. Crush the rose petals into a paste.
  2. Add honey to this paste.
  3. Apply the mixture to the affected area and leave it on overnight.
How Often?

As often as you can.

Why This Works

Rose petals are used extensively in the cosmetic industry, especially in lip balms and related products. They contain natural sugar and oils that help with discoloration and make your skin soft and smooth.

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9. Glycerin

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What You Need
Processing Time

Overnight

How To Use
  1. Dip the cotton pad or swab in glycerin and apply it above your lips.
  2. Leave it on overnight.
  3. Rinse it off the next morning.
How Often?

Use it every night before you sleep.

Why This Works

Glycerin, as we all know, is the most effective moisturizing agent and is used in most skin and face creams (10). People with dehydrated skin end up with dark and flaky skin because of hydration issues, and glycerin takes care of that.

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10. Beetroot

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What You Need
Preparation Time

10 minutes

Processing Time

Overnight.

How To Use
  1. Dip the cotton pad in beetroot juice and apply it over your upper lip.
  2. Do this before you sleep and leave it on overnight.
  3. Rinse your face as usual the next morning.
How Often?

At least 2-3 times a week or until you see a change.

Why This Works

Beetroot juice is a natural colorant and is heavily used in skin whitening/lightening treatments for the same reason (11). Plus, it also has bleaching properties that help reduce the dark spots and pigmentation.

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11. Orange Peels

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What You Need
Preparation Time

10 minutes

Processing Time

30 minutes

How To Use
  1. Crush the orange peels by tossing them into a blender.
  2. Add curd to this and make a paste.
  3. Apply this to the affected area and leave it on for about 30 minutes.
How Often?

2-3 times a week.

Why This Works

Orange is a vital ingredient in most peel off face masks because it is filled with vitamin C and helps lighten your skin naturally (12). The lactic acid(alpha hydroxy acid) in curd exfoliates your skin, thereby repairing any damage that might have been caused (13).

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12. Gram Flour, Honey, And Milk

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What You Need
Preparation Time

5 minutes

Processing Time

30 minutes

How To Use
  1. Mix all the ingredients in a bowl.
  2. Apply the mixture to your upper lip.
  3. Leave it on for about 30 minutes or till it dries.
  4. Wash it off and moisturize the area.
How Often?

2-3 times a week.

Why This Works

Gram flour is one of the best skin lightening agents available in our households (14). It can be combined with just about anything and used as a mask. By using it consistently, you will see a remarkable difference in your skin.

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You could choose to spend money on dermatology treatments and creams to solve your problem. If it’s an extreme condition, by all means, resort to it. Otherwise, it’s best not to put your skin through more chemicals than it already needs. Try these methods consistently, and you will be amazed at the results. If you still have any questions, feel free to write back to us by dropping a text in the comments section below. Take care!

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