If you’ve noticed the skin above your lips seems to be darkening, it might be caused by a few things. Any darkening of the skin is caused by excess melanin production. This can be caused by UV exposure or it could be caused by hormonal changes or a combination of the two.
This discoloration of the upper lip is often referred to as a “melasma mustache” or a “sun mustache”.
In this article, we’ll dive into melasma mustaches and give you some tips on how to get rid of this upper lip discoloration.
Melasma is a type of hyperpigmentation of the skin which can cause discolored dark patches to form on the skin.
According to the American Academy of Dermatology Association, melasma looks like brown or gray-brown blotchy patches. These patches can appear anywhere but are common on the forehead, cheeks, bridge of the node, and upper lip.
A “melasma mustache” is the darkening of the skin, specifically above the lip.
People who’ve developed this darkened upper lip might feel frustrated with the placement of this melasma and want to lighten it ASAP. There are treatments available to help lighten areas of melasma. Speak with a doctor about treatments as melasma can be tricky to lighten and may require prescription-strength formulas.
Some melasma will fade and correct on its own if it is hormonally driven and your hormones rebalance.
Ah, the reason you’re reading this article. Let’s get into the nitty-gritty of lightening a melasma mustache. Dermatologists say that treating melasma can be tricky but we’ve got a few things that can help.
Sun protection is your best friend in this situation. Protect your skin from UV rays as they can worsen and darken melasma. It’s nearly impossible to treat melasma without first protecting it from the sun. Instead of fighting an uphill battle, use a daily sunscreen.
A dermatologist might also suggest the use of hats to shield from the sun while treating melasma.
Cutting melasma off at the source, this product can help stop the formation of excess melanin (which causes dark patches). This also aids in lightening the skin when used topically. This skin-lightening product requires a prescription.
Produced by certain fungi, kojic acid is a chelation agent, that when used topically can help lighten and brighten skin. Bye-bye melasma mustache.
Dark spots caused by melasma are incredibly common.
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