Dark lips is not a serious condition from a medical perspective. However, some people take it seriously as it can make you look less attractive. If your dark lips are something that bothers you a lot and wants to lighten it or get it into the pink zone then read on.
What causes dark lips?
Your lips can turn dark due to hyperpigmentation. It is a condition caused due to excessive levels of melanin on your lips. Lip hyperpigmentation could be triggered due to many reasons. Some of the known reasons include
- Too much exposure to sunlight
- Smoking cigarettes
- Excessive caffeine intake
- Allergic reactions to lip balms, lipstick, toothpaste, etc…
- Sucking your lips way too often
Good news is most of these reasons can be corrected easily and you will be well on your way in making your lips look more attractive. Apart from these reasons, there are also other reasons which can darken your lips. These include
- Chemotherapy or radiation treatment
- Vitamin deficiency
- Excessive fluoride intake
What are the best home remedies to treat dark lips?
There are many over the counter solutions available to treat dark lips, and there are also mainstream treatments which primarily work by inhibiting melanin production in your lips. However, these solutions can lead to side effects and are not completely safe for everyone. The best and safest way to lighten your dark lips would be through trying one of these simple home remedies. These remedies come with also no side effects and are really inexpensive as well.
1 Lemon Juice
Dab some freshly extracted lemon juice over your dark lips and leave it on overnight. Wash it off the next morning using cool water.
2 Turmeric paste
Mix 1 tablespoon of milk with just enough turmeric powder to make it into a fine paste.
Apply this paste over your lips and leave it on for 5 to 10 minutes and wash it off using cool water.
After removal, you can apply your preferred moisturizer to your lips.
3 Aloe vera gel
Apply some freshly extracted aloe vera gel to your lips and leave it on for 10 minutes and wash it off using warm water.
If you cannot source freshly extracted aloe vera gel, you can use organic and pure aloe gel found in stores instead.
4 Coconut oil
Apply some organic and chemical free coconut oil to your lips and leave it overnight. Wash it off in the morning using cool water.
5 Almond oil
Apply a drop or two almond oil to your lips and gently massage it for 2 to 3 minutes before going to sleep.
Leave it overnight and wash it off in the morning using cool water.