Any variation from the natural color of the lips, which are usually pink, is called discolored lips. Lips may become darker or paler than your natural lip color. Some people may naturally have dark lips due to genetic factors. Others may not have pink lips due to bad habits, including smoking. To get pink lips, you can try home remedies for discolored lips.
What causes lip discoloration?
There are a number of reasons why you could end up with discolored lips, says cosmetologist and skin expert Dr. Jatin Mittal.
Lack of proper hydration can cause lips to look dry, chapped and pale.
The chemicals in tobacco can cause your lips to darken over time.
Excessive exposure to the sun’s ultraviolet rays can lead to changes in pigmentation, making the lips darker.
Anemia, which is a condition characterized by a lack of red blood cells or hemoglobin, can lead to pale lips.
Cyanosis, which occurs when there is not enough oxygen in the blood, causing the lips to turn bluish.
Some allergic reactions to certain foods, medications, or environmental factors can cause redness, swelling, or discoloration of the lips.
Fungal or bacterial infections, such as candidiasis, can cause changes in the color and texture of the lips.
Liver or kidney problems can sometimes manifest as lip color changes.
Natural ways to get rid of discolored lips
Although there is limited scientific evidence to support the effectiveness of natural ingredients in treating discolored lips, some people may find these remedies helpful.
1. Lemon juice
Lemon juice contains citric acid, which can help lighten dark lips, says an expert. Apply fresh lemon juice to your lips, leave it on for a few minutes, then rinse it off.
2. Rose water
Rose water is known for its moisturizing and soothing properties. Apply rose water on your lips using a cotton ball, wash it off after a few minutes.
Honey is known to be a natural humectant and helps retain moisture. Apply honey to your lips and leave it on for 15 to 20 minutes before rinsing it off.
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4. Coconut oil
Coconut oil is moisturizing and can help improve the texture of the lips. Apply a small amount of coconut oil to your lips and let it sit.
Cucumber has soothing and moisturizing properties, so apply cucumber juice or thin slices of cucumber to your lips and leave it on for 10 to 15 minutes.
6. Aloe vera gel
Aloe vera has healing and moisturizing properties. Apply pure aloe vera gel on your lips and then wash it off after 15 to 20 minutes.
Beetroot contains natural pigments that can add a subtle tint to the lips. Mix beetroot juice with coconut oil to make a natural lip balm and apply it to your lips as needed.
Turmeric has anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties, says Dr. Mittal. Mix turmeric powder with honey to make a paste. Apply it on your lips, leave it on for a few minutes and then rinse it off.
Mint has a refreshing and cooling effect, and you can use it by crushing mint leaves. Apply the juice or leaves to your lips, leave it on for 10 to 15 minutes before rinsing it off.
10. Almond oil
Almond oil is rich in vitamins and can help hydrate and nourish the lips. Apply a small amount of almond oil to your lips and leave it on for a few minutes before rinsing it off. You can also mix the oil with honey for added benefits.
The speed at which you can see results using these natural remedies for discolored lips can vary greatly. Individual responses depend on factors such as the cause of the discoloration, the severity of the condition, and how consistently and correctly the medication is administered. Also, do a patch test to make sure you don’t experience an adverse reaction before using any of these treatments.
If you do not notice the desired changes or if the discoloration continues, consult your doctor.
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