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Hace dark patches around eyes, lips and mouth. Have low iron. What is the cause and remedy?

Hi, i'm a 16 year old girl and i've never smoked or taken drugs or whatever. I have a dark black ring around my lips, dark circles under my eyes and a dark patch around my mouth. I used to lick my lips a lot when i was younger so maybe that had an effect :s Also, i've just found out i have low iron.. Could that be a contributor? I also have a pale, tired looking face. What are the causes and how can i treat this? Thank you!
Asked On : Wed, 10 Apr 2013
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Thanks for your query

Your problem is that of pigmentation around eyes and mouth.
Now low iron levels surely contribute to skin pigmentation and decreased skin glow.
So see a physician first and start treatment for low blood hemoglobin levels.
Now for the skin pigmentation, start using a skin lightening cream . Something containing kojic acid and vitamin c is very helpful in such cases.
Use a sunscreen regularly before going out in the sun.
Take oral vitamin c supplementation along.
Take diet rich in vitamins which includes fresh fruits and salads.

Hope it helps
Dr Geetika Paul
Answered: Wed, 19 Jun 2013
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