(Closed) Any idea what to do? Skin above upper lip below nose …

posted 12 years ago in Beauty
Post # 3
800 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2009

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
61 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: December 1969

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
54 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: August 2009

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
171 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: June 2010

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
282 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2009

Get your upper lip threaded too just in case. Any hair at all can make it worse.

Post # 8
210 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: January 2010

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 # 10
102 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: November 2006

how frustrating! my first thought was b.c. too. hope you can get this sorted out!

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