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7 Home Remedies To Lighten Dark Lips

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7 Home Remedies To Lighten Dark Lips Hyderabd040-395603080 November 11, 2019

Soft and supple lips with a hint of pink – aren’t they a dream for many of us? Woefully, though, due to factors like frequent smoking or constant sun exposure, this dream remains far-fetched.
What can you possibly do to lighten darkened lips? Well, we have some effective natural remedies that can help.

Why Do Your Lips Turn Black?

Various medical and lifestyle factors can darken your lips over time. One major cause is hyperpigmentation, a condition in which your body produces excess melanin.

Following are the factors that can increase the likelihood of your lips darkening over time.

What Causes Dark Lips?

Dark lips are caused due to:

  • Increased exposure to the sun
  • Smoking
  • Lack of hydration
  • Allergic response to products like toothpaste, lipstick, etc.
  • Medical therapies like chemotherapy and radiation
  • Excessive use of fluoride
  • Vitamin deficiencies
  • Anemia

If you visit a dermatologist for treating your dark lips, they may prescribe any of the following treatments.

Medical Treatment For Dark Lips

The common treatment options for dark lips include the use of lasers and chemicals.

Chemical treatments often involve the use of hydroquinone and kojic acid. Certain treatments also work by inhibiting the production of melanin.

But most such treatments may cause adverse side effects (increased sun sensitivity, flaking skin, or an uneven skin tone).

However, you can avoid all of those, thanks to the effective home remedies we will discuss in the next section.

Home Remedies To Lighten Dark Lips

1. Coconut Oil

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Coconut oil has emollient and moisturizing properties (1). These properties can help keep your lips soft and supple. This keeps them from getting dry and darkened, which usually happen with skin dehydration.

You Will Need

1 teaspoon of virgin coconut oil

What You Have To Do
  1. Take a little virgin coconut oil onto your index finger and apply to your lips.
  2. Leave it on to dry.
How Often You Should Do This

You may do this 1-2 times daily.

2. Lemon And Honey

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Citrus fruits like lemons are known for their skin lightening properties (2). When combined with honey, lemons can not only lighten your lips but also help soften them.

You Will Need
  • 1 teaspoon of lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon of honey
What You Have To Do
  1. Take a teaspoon each of lemon juice and honey.
  2. Mix well and apply to your lips.
  3. Leave it on for 15-20 minutes and rinse with water.
How Often You Should Do This

You may do this once daily.

3. Aloe Vera

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Aloe vera contains aloin, a compound with depigmenting properties (3).

You Will Need

½ teaspoon of freshly extracted aloe vera gel

What You Have To Do
  1. Apply aloe gel to your lips.
  2. Leave it on for 15-20 minutes.
  3. Rinse with water.
How Often You Should Do This

You may do this 1-2 times daily.

4. Cucumber Juice

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Cucumber contains antioxidants and silica-rich compounds that help lighten dark skin (4).

You Will Need

A few slices of cucumber

What You Have To Do
  1. Grind the cucumber slices.
  2. Apply the paste to your lips and leave it on for 15-20 minutes.
  3. Rinse with water.
How Often You Should Do This

You may do this 1-2 times daily.

5. Turmeric

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The curcumin in turmeric helps inhibit melanogenesis (the formation of melanin) (5). This may help in lightening your lips.

You Will Need
  • 1-2 teaspoons of turmeric powder
  • A few drops of water
What You Have To Do
  1. Mix the turmeric powder with a little water to form a thick paste.
  2. Apply the paste to your lips and allow it to dry.
  3. Rinse with water.
How Often You Should Do This

You can do this once daily.

6. Sesame Oil

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Sesame oil contains an active lignan called sesamol, which inhibits the biosynthesis of melanin (6). Hence, sesame oil may also help in lightening dark lips.

You Will Need

½ teaspoon of sesame oil

What You Have To Do
  1. Take a little sesame oil and apply to your lips.
  2. Leave it on to dry.
  3. Reapply as necessary.
How Often You Should Do This

You may do this 2-3 times daily.

7. Pomegranate

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Pomegranate exhibits antioxidant properties (thanks to its flavonoids and polyphenols). These reduce tyrosinase activity, thereby inhibiting melanin synthesis (7). This may eventually lighten dark lips.

You Will Need
  • ½ teaspoon of dried pomegranate powder
  • Water (as required)
What You Have To Do
  1. Add water to the dried pomegranate powder.
  2. Apply the mixture to your lips and allow to dry.
  3. Rinse after 20-30 minutes.
How Often You Should Do This

You may do this 1-2 times daily for best results.

You can use these simple remedies to lighten your lips. In addition to these, we have listed certain other ways you can keep your lips from darkening.

Prevention Tips

  • Exfoliate your lips regularly.
  • Drink plenty of fluids daily to stay hydrated.
  • Use a lip balm with SPF 40 or above.
  • Do not use low-quality lip cosmetics.
  • Avoid using products you are allergic to.
  • Avoid sucking on your lips constantly as it makes them very dry.

These tips, along with the remedies, may help lighten your lips. However, if the hyperpigmentation persists, we suggest you consult a dermatologist to find out the root cause of your problem.

What do you do to lighten your lips? Do you follow any other remedies? Do share your thoughts with us by leaving a comment in the box below.

Frequently Asked Questions

Which is the best lip balm to make your lips pink?

To make your lips lighter and pinkish, you can use lip balms with skin lightening agents. You may also use any lip balm with SPF 40 or above to prevent your lips from darkening further.

Why are my lips turning dark even though I don’t smoke?

Smoking is one of the many factors that may contribute to darkening lips. Other factors can include:
Increased exposure to the sun
Lack of hydration
Allergic response to products like toothpaste, lipstick, etc.
Treatments like chemotherapy and radiation

Why are my lips dark around the edges?

One of the primary triggers of dark lips around the edges is hyperpigmentation. This can be caused by increased sun exposure or even an inflammatory skin condition.

References

  1. In vitro anti-inflammatory and skin protective properties of Virgin coconut oil” Journal Of Traditional And Complementary Medicine, US National Library Of Medicine, National Institutes of Health.
  2. Citrus Flavonoids with Skin Lightening Effects – Safety and Efficacy Studies” Cosmetics, Researchgate.
  3. On the novel action of melanolysis by a leaf extract of Aloe vera and its active ingredient aloin, potent skin depigmenting agents.” Planta Medica, US National Library Of Medicine, National Institutes of Health.
  4. Invigorating Efficacy of Cucumis Sativas for Healthcare & Radiance” International Journal of Chemistry and Pharmaceutical Sciences, Pharma Research Library.
  5. Curcumin inhibits melanogenesis in human melanocytes.” Phytotherapy Research, US National Library Of Medicine, National Institutes of Health.
  6. Sesamol decreases melanin biosynthesis in melanocyte cells and zebrafish: Possible involvement of MITF via the intracellular cAMP and p38/JNK signalling pathways” Experimental Dermatology, US National Library Of Medicine, National Institutes of Health.
  7. Inhibitory Effect of Dried Pomegranate Concentration Powder on Melanogenesis in B16F10 Melanoma Cells; Involvement of p38 and PKA Signaling Pathways” International Journal Of Molecular Sciences, US National Library Of Medicine, National Institutes of Health.

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Shaheen Naser

Shaheen holds a postgraduate degree in Human Genetics and Molecular Biology. She is a Geneticist with proficiency in Biotechnology, Immunology, Medical Genetics, Biochemistry, Microbiology, and Genetic Counseling. Her passion for writing and her educational background have assisted her substantially in writing quality content on topics related to health and wellness. In her free time, Shaheen loves to explore the world and the different flavors/cuisines it has to offer. Photography is another hobby she has developed of late.