Post # 1
I am fair skinned with olive tones. All of a sudden the skin which is above my upper lip and below my nose is turning shadowy. Like it is getting darker or something and it’s like a shadow … but it’s my skin.
At first I thought it was just from my lips … but it’s NOT! It’s the skin. It’s getting darker. Wth.
I know I’m not crazy now. I mentioned it to the mu artist who did a trial on me just to see what she would say, I told her how when I mentioned it to the dermatologist he said he didn’t see it … and she was like REALLY he said he doesn’t see it?
Well, wth. I know not to do anything drastic before the wedding, but what should I do? I mean, have you ever had this or know what to do? Thank you.
Post # 3
Have you had a lot of sun exposure lately? I know I get dark blotches of sun damage on my skin when I’ve had a few tans…
Post # 4
Hmmm, have you changed your diet recently? Like adding soy or cutting out something your accustomed to? I’ve heard that soy can really play with people’s skin since it is full of estrogen. Or are you using new products for skin? And then I heard that certain types of birth control can darken skin around the mouth too.
The dermatologist is the best bet! It could be a few different things!
Post # 5
This may be melasma. I got it when I was on the pill and in the sun a lot. It put dark circles around my eyes and made me look like I had a mustache! Be careful of the sun and if you are on the pill, go to a different one with lower estrogen….but yes, definitely see a dermatologist….and, I can’t emphasize this enough….wear sunscreen!!
Post # 6
Yeah, it sounds like melasma (also known as "pregnancy mask"). I’m not implying that you may be pregnant but it is usually triggered by hormonal changes, and could be from your birth control pills (if you are on them)… have you changed pills recently? It could always be from stress – stress does crazy things to your body! Like the other ladies said, sun will exagerate any hyperpigmentation, so wear your sunscreen! Try getting in to see an esthetician or cosmetologist, they can probably reccomend a product with a skin lightening agent in it…. anything used for sun spots will also work on melasma.
Post # 7
Get your upper lip threaded too just in case. Any hair at all can make it worse.
Post # 8
It is from sun exposure. I work outside all summer so I am sporting some of those awful sun spots myself at the moment in the exact same place. The good news is that they fade in you stay out of the sun and anti-aging creams will also help fade them (but beware, those creams make your skin even more sensitive to the sun).
Post # 9
You know what …. I never had this in my life EVER. I’ve always been a sun lover and I do wear sunscreen and don’t have age spots.
Guess WHAT? About a year and half or 2 years ago I started the pill for the first time. It was for accutane, so I think it is really strong with hormones.
Another change is, I found out that I’m allergic to dairy. I completely cut out cow milk and switched to everything soy. My mom and dad both freaked out about soy, and now like within the last day I’m starting to drink rice milk and rice protein shakes … instead of soy.
My under eyes are getting dark too … but I didn’t connect it. So I guess it’s my pill and soy? That’s soo weird. Thank you hive. I would have never figured this out.
P.S. I do get my lip waxed … and I do get like a little peach fuzz that’s really light, basically blonde.
Post # 10
how frustrating! my first thought was b.c. too. hope you can get this sorted out!