One of the most common signs of skin ageing can be pigmentation on the face. There are some areas where it tends to appear and one of these is as black marks around the mouth, especially above the lip. It is something that lots of people suffer with and would love to get rid of. When black patches of skin appear around the mouth and above the lip it can be annoying, and for some it is one of the worst areas of the face to have black pigmentation.
What Causes Black Pigmentation Marks Around the Mouth
Darkened areas of skin around the mouth are a type of skin discolouration that often happens as we age and is commonly from past sun exposure damage. We might not have used sunscreen often when we were younger, and sometimes the upper lip area is forgotten as a priority area when applying sunscreen.
There is a different type of skin discolouration that is not always sun related and this is called melasma, and it can be hormone related. To find out exactly what type of discolouration that you have and the probable cause it is always best to consult with an expert medical professional. You can then also advise them on any facial products that you are planning to use and make sure that they feel they are acceptable. The discolouration that we are focussing on in this article is hyperpigmentation caused by too much sun exposure.
Products to Help with Black Marks Around the Mouth
Discolouration around the mouth is usually nothing to worry about and is not harmful, but it can be distressing and tricky to get rid of. There are quite a few different products that can help lighten the appearance of melasma such as Hydroquinone and Retinoids, the use of lasers and light therapy is also popular. At Nakin we prefer to always take a natural approach to healing and rejuvenating skin. All of our face products offer exceptional natural anti-ageing skincare and we have two that are particularly beneficial for helping to improve the look of black marks around the mouth. Our Nakin Rejuvenating Radiance Tonic is a superb natural exfoliator that contains a powerful blend of fruit enzymes which promote cell turnover and can help fade dark spots. Then we have our Nakin Performance Face Serum that contains a blend of botanicals with naturally occurring antioxidants and skin repairers, that help to brighten skin and even out skin tone.
Lifestyle Measures to Prevent Black Marks Around the Mouth
There are many lifestyle measures that can help prevent pigmentation around the mouth. Some simple tips are listed below, which also apply to improving skin in many other ways.
- Alway apply sunscreen of at least SPF 30 and reapply it regularly, including to the whole upper lip area.
- Avoid the sun during the strongest hours in the middle of the day.
- Keep your skin hydrated by drinking enough water.
- Eat a healthy diet rich in antioxidants and vitamins to support skin health from the inside out.