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Dark skin on lips. Non-smoker, does not drink. How to lighten skin on lips?

Dr, my lips are really black like supper black. it wasnt like this when i was growing up ..... i really hate it. every time I m out shopping or doing whatever people ask me or tell me i should really stop smoking , and the funny part is i don t even smoke nor drink. so please Dr can u please tell me how to get them lighter? I m desperate!!!
Asked On : Wed, 16 Jan 2013
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hi..thanks for your query..
Darker lips do not indicate smoking /alcohol intake as frequently believed! A lot of people have it genetically predetermined,although parents may/may not have it. A frequent cause of non genetic lip darkening is the use of lipsticks /coloured balms/gloss , as these tend to darken the lips over a period of time.So try and not use it too often..If you have to use it,then let it be allegen free and replace them every 2 months.I would advise you to start using medicated lip balms with SPF and to reapply it several times in a day..that helps in reducing further darkening.Also use a cream containing kojic acid twice a day for lightening of lip colour.U can also opt for mild chemical peels once in 15-30 days to exfoliate better and lighten faster.
Take care!
Answered: Wed, 16 Jan 2013
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