Causes of Dark Skin around Mouth and Nose
Dark skin around the mouth and nose is not an uncommon occurrence, and is usually caused by hyper pigmentation which causes patches of the skin to darken. Hyper pigmentation occurs mainly due to a concentration of melanin in certain areas of the skin. Melanin is the pigment that gives skin its natural color and is the skin’s natural sunscreen that increases to protect the skin from sun damage. Hence, the areas that have a concentration of melanin tend to tan more when exposed to sunlight thus becoming darker than the rest of the skin. Besides this, the layer of skin around the lips is also thinner making it more prone to discoloration. Hormonal changes and lifestyle also play an important part in skin texture and color. A build-up of dead skin cells can also cause darkening of the skin.
Removing Dark Skin
To control the darkening of skin, it is essential to stay out of direct sunlight as the ultraviolet rays of the sun contribute to skin damage. However, it is not always feasible to stay indoors. Hence, the use of a sunscreen with an SPF factor of 30 is recommended to protect the skin from these harmful rays. A sunscreen with titanium, zinc and avobenzone as ingredients is extremely effective in blocking out UVA and UVB rays. Since the effect of the sunscreen wears off within an hour or so, reapplying a liberal layer of the sunscreen whenever possible is recommended. The use of a scarf or umbrella to protect your skin further is also recommended.
Many people concentrate on the cheeks and tend to neglect the area around the mouth and nose when using most skin care products. This can be another reason for dark skin in this region. Hence, paying careful attention to every part of your face as well as your whole body is essential to prevent discoloration. Lemon juice is a natural bleaching agent. Massaging the area with the juice of quarter of a lemon is recommended for fading away the dark tone. If you are unable to bear the tingling sensation that lemon juice leaves behind, adding a little honey or yogurt to the juice is recommended. These ingredients nourish the skin as well as prevent skin infections due to their anti-microbial qualities. Applying a mixture of a pinch of turmeric and a tablespoon each of gram flour and milk cream assists in nourishing and lightening the skin. Rubbing off this mask carefully when it is completely dry will also help to get rid of dead skin cells that make skin appear dull and dark.