What Causes Black Lips and Treatment to Make Them Lighten

Black Lips

Below are some facts that are connected to the condition of having black lips.

  • Black lips or having very dark colored lips is contributed by several factors and can be used as indicators for certain conditions that are happening inside the body. Though very rare, there are certain severe medical conditions that can cause the lips to turn a darker shade or even black like having cancer.

  • It can be contributed by living a modern lifestyle, certain eating habits, and some medications.

  • There are patients that naturally have black lips or dark-colored lips.

  • There are several treatment options and home remedies that can help lighten the lips and remove the dark discoloration.

What Causes Black Lips

  • Frequent drinking of hot beverages that contain caffeine like coffee and any kind of hot tea.

  • Constant biting and licking of the lips.

  • Iron levels of the body can contribute in making the lips black. When there is an increase or overflow of iron levels in the body, this will usually show in the lip area and can be observed when it turns black.

  • Low vitamin B levels.

  • Change in hormonal levels that are contributed by age, infection, diseases, and other factors.

  • Smoking.

  • Certain toothpaste brands and lip medications along with other kinds of medications used to treat diseases and infection.

  • Improper dental fixtures can also cause lips to darken but very rarely.

  • Allergic reactions and injuries.

How to Get Rid of Black Lips and Ways to Lighten Black Lips

There are certain tips that can help in getting rid of black lips. These tips include the following:

  • Avoid drinking beverages that are hot. This may worsen the condition and can prolong its removal.

  • Drink lots of water every day. Water can help the lips hydrated. When the lips are dry, it can enhance lip discoloration making it darker.

  • Change lifestyle. Habits like smoking, drinking too much caffeinated drinks and lip biting should be avoided. Eating healthy kinds of foods should be done to help the body build up enough strength to fight certain diseases that might cause the lips to darken.

  • Application of lemon juice and honey to the lips can also help. Lemon juice has natural bleaching abilities and when partnered with honey can effectively lighten and make the lips turn to its natural pinkish color.

  • Proper lip care should be done. Patients should keep lips soft and moisturized at all times by applying clarified butter and thick cold creams.

16 thoughts on “What Causes Black Lips and Treatment to Make Them Lighten

  • April 17, 2013 at 2:03 pm
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    The lemon juice and the honey are they to be mixed together?

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    • April 18, 2013 at 3:53 pm
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      Yes, mix lemon juice with honey and apply to the lips to lighten the spots.

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  • July 15, 2013 at 3:46 pm
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    I have dark lips though I do not smoke. They are naturally dark. Is any remedy to turn them to perfect pink?

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    • July 16, 2013 at 2:58 pm
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      There may be several reasons for dark lips. It can be from the birth if the color of your skin is dark. It can occur later in life due to sun exposure, allergies, excess intake of tea and coffee which contain caffeine as one of its content. Imbalance of hormones is also a causative factor for dark lips. You can try home remedies to make your lips rosy and appealing.
      • Massage lemon juice on your lips before you retire to bed. Lemon has natural properties to lighten dark patches on lips as well as skin.
      • Make your lips pink and smooth by applying strawberry juice and petroleum jelly. Use the mixture as lip balm regularly. Strawberry contains vitamins and minerals that are needed for your lips to become vibrant.
      • Apply almond oil regularly to make your lips pink soft.

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  • December 19, 2013 at 5:07 pm
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    I am not consuming too much of caffeine or hot beverages. But since few months my lips have turned dark. My age is 33. Do you recommend any lab tests or home remedies to bring back my lips to original color?

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    • December 25, 2013 at 6:55 am
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      Caffeine containing products such as tea and coffee are known to cause excess of urination. They act as mild diuretic. Due to dehydration your lips look damaged and dark. Drink enough water to keep your body well hydrated. Smoking cigarettes also affects your lip color. To brighten your lip color, apply lemon juice regularly. Keep your lip moist by applying Vaseline.

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      • November 3, 2014 at 5:50 pm
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        So when the lemon juice is made, is it necessary only to sweeten it with the honey?

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        • November 6, 2014 at 3:33 pm
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          It is not necessary to sweeten it only with honey, but it is preferable because honey has natural benefits that many other sweetening agents such as sugar lack. It is soothing to the stomach. Honey has natural anti inflammatory properties which reduces irritation in stomach and intestine. Also honey is as sweet as sugar but has beneficial qualities therefore many people prefer to add honey instead of sugar in lemon juice.

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  • March 26, 2014 at 8:50 am
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    My lips have started getting dark and sensitive after I gave birth to my daughter. I drink a lot of water but my lips are very dry. Since two months my lips have become dark. Is there any home remedy for this problem?

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    • March 29, 2014 at 9:27 am
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      • Apply a moisturizer on your lips if they are dry. Coconut oil or olive oil is suitable natural moisturizer that can be used without any side effects.
      • Apply lemon juice on your lips. Lemon is time tested home remedy for lighting dark lips.
      • Apply milk on dark lips. Milk contains an acid which favors lightening dark lips.
      • Prepare a paste of strawberry, honey and aloe vera juice. Apply and the paste for 10 minute and then wash your lips. The vital ingredients present in the paste will turn your lips vibrant and pink.

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  • April 6, 2014 at 10:53 am
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    I am 27 years old. My lips have turned black after marriage. How can I treat this and prevent further blackening?

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    • April 7, 2014 at 12:03 pm
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      If you are applying any cosmetic products on your lip such as lipstick, avoid it, because sometimes chemicals in lipstick can damage the lips and its color. Hormonal changes can affect lip color especially in woman. Avoid biting your lips. To make your lips look more supple and smooth and bright, apply lemon juice on your lips. Apply milk as even milk is considered to be whitening agent for skin and lips. Apply cold milk.

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  • April 6, 2014 at 3:20 pm
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    My lips have turned blackish and dry. This condition lasts for a month. What could be the cause? What are the remedies to prevent darkening of lips?

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    • April 7, 2014 at 11:53 am
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      Lips turning black and dark may have many reasons. However, lifestyle changes are particularly important reasons for lips becoming dark. Cigarette smoking, alcohol, too much exposure to sun, can turn the lips dark and dry. If you are constantly biting your lips, they may turn dark. Low level of vitamin B, hormonal changes, allergic reaction, etc are other cause for dark lips. First of all keep your lips well moisturized. Apply coconut oil on lips. Lemon juice is useful in whitening the lips. Avoid alcohol and cigarette smoking. Drink fruit juices as it contains vitamin C.

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  • September 23, 2014 at 2:44 pm
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    My age is 14 and I lips are extremely black. How to reduce this blackness on my lips?

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    • September 24, 2014 at 12:13 pm
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      There are several causes for dark lips such as exposure to sunlight, excessive use of cosmetics, chewing tobacco, consuming high amount of caffeinated products and imbalance of hormones. Sometimes it may be inherited. Here are few important tips to reduce darkness around lips.
      • Apply lemon juice. Lemon has natural beaching properties which may help to lighten lips.
      • Apply olive oil once or twice in a day.
      • Drink enough water and fluids to keep the lips moist and hydrated.
      • Apply a mixture of pomegranate, beetroot and carrot juice on your lips.

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