Dark Lips Treatment in Bengaluru
In a study conducted by Kuna chak et al. seventy patients with dark lips were treated with 532-nm Q-switched Nd: YAG laser.
Lips tend to get darker as you get older because of consuming caffeine and frequent smoking. You may also get darker lips because of other lifestyle habits and health issues. With natural remedies, such as applying honey, aloe vera gel, and lemon juice, you can lighten your lips but the results may not be that noticeable or permanent.
At CNF in Bengaluru, you can do advanced dark lips treatment to get long-term results without any side effects. Our doctor checks your lips’ condition and suggests the right treatment to lighten them and deliver the desired outcomes.
Understanding Dark Lips: Defining the Concern and Insecurity
People have different lip colors just like their skin tones. As lips are one of the most prominent parts of your face, they should look plump and healthy. Dark lips can be a major aesthetic concern and cause insecurity among people because of which they try to conceal the darkness with lip color, concealer, and other cosmetic products. However, applying cosmetics may not be favorable for the long term and gradually damage your lips’ outer skin layer. Only 3 to 5 cell layers cover your lips, and thus the skin of your lips is more prone to darkness, discoloration, dullness, dryness, and other damages.
As lips have thin protective shields, they are more exposed to UV damage and pollution. Extra melanin production can give you dark and hyperpigmented lips. The right treatment can help you get rid of dark lips and the insecurities caused due to them. Your lips will look brighter which will make you feel confident when stepping outside and interacting with people.
Causes of Dark Lips
Dark lips may be caused by multiple factors. Here are the key causes of dark lips:
The lifestyle factors that cause dark lips are:
Regular cigarette smoking can darken your lips because of nicotine, their key ingredient. As smoking decreases the blood flow to your lips, they receive a reduced amount of nutrients and oxygen. Plus, smoking dries out your lips and aggravates the appearance of darkness. The heat emitted from smoking can damage the skin of your lips and cause discoloration.
Drinking less water every day can make your lips dry, flaky, and chapped, which causes darkening. As the skin of your lips is more fragile and thinner than the skin of the other body parts, dehydration makes it more prone to discoloration and injuries.
The way your lips look depends a lot on what you eat. Having spicy and salty food can dry
out your lips and cause deep pigmentation.
Extra Caffeine Intake
Overconsumption of caffeine can increase urination, which causes dehydration, dries out, and darkens your lips. You should avoid caffeine intake and drink a lot of water to keep yourself hydrated and prevent the darkening of your lips.
Dry and discolored lips are one of the most common outcomes of alcohol consumption. Drinking alcohol every day can darken your lips and make them look dehydrated. Your body loses fluids as you consume alcohol every day. As your lips are made of thin skin, they are prone to dehydration, which gives you discolored, cracked, and dry lips. So, ensure your lips are hydrated even if you don’t drink alcohol frequently.
Biting and Licking Lips
Many people have the habit of biting their lips repeatedly. With more biting, chaps increase, which will make you feel like biting your lips again, and then a cycle starts. As you lick your lips, saliva containing harmful enzymes gets in contact with the lips’ skin causing more darkening. Once you peel the skin off your lips, it gets drier and more sensitive to external elements.
Application of Wrong Makeup Products
Applying poor-quality makeup products on lips can cause dryness and further darkening. As your lip skin is thinner than the skin of your other body parts, your lips get chapped, dry, and dark. Matte lipsticks, if not washed properly after application, can cause pigmentation and dryness on your lips.
Consistent exposure to harmful sun rays can darken your lips. The skin of your lips is more sensitive and thinner than the skin of other parts. So, your lips are more prone to sun damage caused due to harmful UV rays. Sun exposure may increase the melanin production of the skin on your lips, which causes darkening and hyperpigmentation. Plus, extended sun exposure may make your lips rough, dry, and chapped, which gives you dark lips.
Living in a polluted environment can damage the skin of your lips, which causes dullness, dryness, and darkening. You may develop Solar/Actinic cheilitis, cracked and dry lips, that are likely to get blisters, inflammation, and ulcers, which cause pigmented lips.
Allergies and Infections
Your lips get darker if you are allergic to lip products, such as toothpaste, lip balms, and
lipsticks. Fungal infections and oral herpes may cause dark lips.
Medication and Medical Conditions
Certain medications, such as chemotherapy drugs and antipsychotics, may cause hyperpigmentation on your lips. Medical conditions, such as Addison’s disease, Cushing’s
syndrome and Hemochromatosis may also darken your lips.
Vitamin B12 deficiency may darken your lips. Vitamins C and E are crucial to maintain healthy skin and prevent the risks of discoloration. Lacking these vitamins may dry out and discolor your lips. Plus, iron deficiency may cause pale and dark lips.
Your lips may darken because of hormonal changes in your body. Many women get dark lips caused due to hormonal imbalance during menopause. Some pregnant women may get melasma, a disease developing dark patches on the skin of their face, mainly lips.
The genetic factors cause hyperpigmentation because of the reasons below:
Hereditary factors may cause pigmentation on your lips. Genetic predispositions boost melanin production in the lip portion and naturally darken your lips, mostly in people with genes of darker lips. Genetic pigmentation tends to have a uniformity in color distribution. Sometimes, the upper lip color is noticeably darker than the lower lip, which you can fix with our advanced dark lips treatment.
Treatment Options For Dark Lips At CNF
Here are the different types of treatments you can do at our clinic to lighten your dark lips:
Chemical peels work similarly on the lips like the way it works on your face. The chemical applied peels off the top skin layer with dead cells from your lips, which also has
discoloration. Besides flaking away dead cells, chemical peel brightens and enhances your lips by increasing cell turnover and collagen production. We examine the level of darkness in your lips and decide the required strength of peel to fix your concern.
As pigmentation gets off your skin, you get fresher, brighter, smoother, and more even-toned lips. It takes 1 to 2 weeks for your skin to heal after the peel. You may require repeated sessions to maintain the best results.
Carbon laser is one of the best treatments to reduce the appearance of dark lips and retain the natural lip color. It exfoliates and rejuvenates the skin, which gives you smoother lips and lightens dark spots, hyperpigmentation, and uneven skin tone. The carbon laser treatment removes impurities, moisturizes and brightens your skin, to give you supple and soft lips. The Q switch laser targets the darkness in lips caused due to hyperpigmentation.
This non-invasive involves minimum downtime without discomfort. You get noticeable results after the first session. However, 4 to 6 sessions at an interval of 2 to 3 weeks are required for the best results depending on your skin type, condition, and lifestyle.
Hydra-rich injections add intense hydration to your lip skin that gives glowing and rejuvenated lips. This minimally invasive treatment works into the deeper skin layers to
hydrate and improve the skin quality of your lips. If you want to lighten your dark lips and are looking for a little lip enhancement, you should get Hydra-Rich injections. The treatment can add a subtle volume and definition to your lips. You can see the immediate results after the session, however, the full effects get visible in 10 to 21 days. Your skin may experience mild redness that fades in 30 to 90 minutes.
4. Semi-permanent lip Tattoo
A semi-permanent lip tattoo lightens your dark lips and fixes the color and shape of your lips. It also adds prominence to an indistinct lip line and fixes vitiligo and uneven spots. The treatment procedure involves depositing micro pigments like ink tattoos on the skin’s epidermal layer that covers your lips. As the doctor checks the tone and thickness of your upper and lower lip lines and then works on the lip line, you get natural-looking results.
The entire treatment procedure takes approximately an hour. The post-treatment recovery may take 1 to 2 weeks. A single session is enough to get the desired results. As it’s a semi-permanent technique, the lip tattoo fades off in a few years. Thus, a yearly touch-up is required to maintain the results.
Dermapen microneedling is one of the most effective lip-lightening treatments. Dermapen can reduce the appearance of lip lines by hydrating and improving the color of your lips. Plus, it can inject hyaluronic acid and vitamin C into your lips. The 0.25mm deep Dermapen set can treat your lips. An 0.5 to 1.5 deep Dermapen set may treat your lips’ surrounding area. Dermapen microneedling can always be a safe option to reduce the appearance of wrinkles on your upper lips.
Here are the most effective prevention measures you can take for dark lips:
Develop these lifestyle habits to get healthier lips:
Brush your lips gently every day with a soft and wet cloth or toothbrush to remove dead and dry skin flakes. You should exfoliate once a week in the morning on the day when you don’t plan to go outside as it makes your lips sensitive.
Use the Right Lip Products
Your lips are tender and thus, using the right products is essential to keep them soft and supple. Otherwise, your lips may develop bumps, and rashes and get darker with time.
Here are the best practices to protect your lips and prevent its darkening from sun exposure:
Apply a Lip Balm with SPF
Lip balms containing SPF can protect your lips against harmful UVA rays. Ensure you use a sunscreen lip balm containing beeswax/paraffin with an SPF of at least 30. Before buying a lip balm, check if it protects lips from UVA and UVB rays.
Reapply Lip Balm
You should use your sunscreen lip balm after every 2 hours. Your lip balm tends to wipe off when eating or drinking. Thus, reapplying lip balm protects the sensitive skin on your lips against harsh sun rays for hours.
Avoid Using Lip Gloss and Glitter
Lip gloss and glitter products may enhance your beauty but damage your lips in scorching summer. The more you wear lip gloss, the more your lips tend to get damaged by the sun. So, stop using lip gloss and glitter immediately if you stay outside during the daytime for hours.
Mix Your Lip Products
If you cant step outside without wearing lip gloss/lipstick in the daytime, try to apply SPF lip balm under it to protect your lips against sun and damage. You can wear lipsticks with sun protection, still, you should apply a sunscreen lip balm under it first.
Hydration and Nutrition
Here are the tips to improve your lip health through hydration and nutrition:
Drink Enough Water
You should drink at least 3 to 4 liters of water every day to keep your lips hydrated and
Moisturize your lips every day so they look hydrated, plump, and healthy all the time. Use a lip balm that keeps your lips moisturized and protected from the sun.
Stay Away from Skin Drying Products
Your lips tend to get close to many skin-drying products. Ensure shampoo doesn’t run over your face when washing hair. Try to apply only moisturizing lipstick and foundation on your skin as they keep your lips hydrated and prevent cold sores and chapped lips.
Don’t Lick Your Lips
If you have the habit of licking your lips repeatedly, you should stop it immediately. Licking lips feel like moisturizing them for a few seconds but it dries them out much more frequently.
Add Vitamins and Nutrient-Rich Foods to the Diet
The foods you eat have an impact on your lip health. Vitamin C-rich foods combat the risks of dry lips and skin. Plus, Vitamin E acts as an anti-inflammatory agent, controlling swelling and reducing the thickness of your skin. Vitamin-rich foods give you healthier-looking lips. Once you add nutrient-rich foods to your diet, they give you healthier lips and prevent breakouts on your skin, such as cold sores and acne.
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Frequently Asked Questions On Dark Lips Treatment
Lip pigmentation tattoo, also known as permanent makeup or cosmetic tattooing, is a cosmetic procedure that involves the application of ink to the lips to create the appearance of fuller, more defined, and more evenly colored lips.
The procedure involves the use of a specialized tattoo machine or hand-held device that deposits pigment into the upper layer of the skin, also known as the dermis. The ink used in lip pigmentation tattoo is specifically designed for use on the lips and is typically made from a combination of organic and inorganic pigments that are safe for use in the body.