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I have noticed that my upper lip is discolored. I think it might be from the sun. Even after removing hair, there continues to be this patch of discolored skin that makes me look like I have a moustache. Has this ever happened to anyone else. Does anyone have suggestions. I have an appointment with a dermatologist but could not get into the office for three months.

 
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Yup- what Charmaine said.. IF its not whitish or losing natural pigment and its darker, it could be just the hair follicles.. if you have darker hair that is.. I also heard, that using bleaches and hair removal creams enough will cause damage on a cellular level..
If it spreads etc, see your Doc.

 
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Originally Posted by amycip

I have noticed that my upper lip is discolored. I think it might be from the sun. Even after removing hair, there continues to be this patch of discolored skin that makes me look like I have a moustache. Has this ever happened to anyone else. Does anyone have suggestions. I have an appointment with a dermatologist but could not get into the office for three months.


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THIS can be the result of homonal changes. it happens with age. yes it happened to me.

Originally Posted by amycip I have noticed that my upper lip is discolored. I think it might be from the sun. Even after removing hair, there continues to be this patch of discolored skin that makes me look like I have a moustache. Has this ever happened to anyone else. Does anyone have suggestions. I have an appointment with a dermatologist but could not get into the office for three months.
 
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I have this too, I've had it since my late teens (I'm 32 now). I've always hated it with a passion, b/c when the rest of my skin looks good, and I want to go out w/o foundation for a change, I can't b/c of my upper lip. AAArrgh! I don't know what caused it for me, since I was so young then, maybe hormones of puberty? But I went thru puberty early, so I don't know why in my late teens I got the discoloration. I know for some women, pregnancy causes it and it is called melasma. Also it is more common in women of color. I have never tried any of the lightening treatments b/c I am afraid of a "halo" effect, where the discoloration does lighten, but so does a border of normal skin around the discoloration. THen you end up with another problem. Also, I love the sun and I let myself get tan, which you are not supposed to do with lightening products. *sigh* so in other words, I just live with it and cover with MU.
If you are not a woman of color, a lightening product may be the answer.

 
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Hi! This discoloration is fairly common. I have seen it caused by use of birth control pills and as a side effect of pregnancy. As far as I know it cannot be "cured" but can be lessened with micro-dermabrasion. It can also be sun damage or freckles.


 
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HI , try mixing a natural oil like almond or wheatgerm with a small percent of lemon oil and apply every night to the affected area. This happened to me once and it cleared up , wether it was time that healed naturally or this treatment i don`t know but it certainly wont harm you!!

Good luck!!XX

 
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...One of my flaws I would love to change.


I didn't notice my upper lip was darker than my lower lip until I was a freshmen? I use to think it was because I burned my lip, but I don't think that's accurate. Whatever the cause, it bothers me everytime I wear lip product because the top is always darker.

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what I meant was, my top lip is darker. (not referring to above the lips)

 
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Very interesting thread, with good info! I noticed a few months ago the around my lips is darker, but that's it...

 
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I have noticed that my upper lip has changed colour - very subtly.

It almost looks like I have applied lip liner to the outer edges.

My lower lip hasn't changed at all.

This could be hormonal - I'm 42 and just starting the perimeopausal stage.

Or it could be melasma (which can be triggered by hormones) just as a few ladies have mentioned. I don't think it is from the sun as I always wear lip stick/lip gloss.

I'm also curious to hear if other ladies' lips are losing or changing lip pigments.

 
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I once used hair removing lotion instead of waxing...and i got a mark above my lip. But it went after a good while. This could be your problem.

 
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It's melasma - and it happened to me this past summer. I was always able to lay out in the sun forever and it never happened, and then last summer I was noticing that my upper lip constantly looked like I had a mustache, and it would get darker right after I would tan. I was horrified and began researching it like crazy. I'm assuming it has something to do with my birth control/getting older and whatnot. It's sometimes referred to as the "mask of pregnancy", but you don't have to be pregnant to get it. I learned that if I put sunscreen just on my upper lip it would make it a lot less noticeable. I'm sorry this is happening to you because it really sucked and made me very upset when it happened to me.

 
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I have this same problem, it def gets worse when I get a tan.  I am 36, no kids, and I have been told by my Dr. it is a "hormonal reaction."  Why can't it happen on my cheek/nose/eyelid, on my upper lip it looks like a 

Moustache.

 

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