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Why is the skin around my mouth darker?

Monday, 12 May 2008
Answered by: Dr. D.M. Thappa
Associate Professor and Head, Department of Dermatology and STD,
JIPMER,
Pondicherry
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Q. I am 26 years old and have a skin pigmentation problem. The skin around my mouth is slightly dark and hence gives an unpleasant look to my face. I have shown myself to various doctors and they all suggested different creams to apply. However, my problem is not yet resolved. I have this problem since 4-5 years now. The skin becomes more dark and prominent especially when I get to sleep less. The external creams that I have used so far are Ban a Tan, Melacare and now using Demelan and additionally I have been advised to take Vitamin Tablets. It all started when once I mistakenly applied a hair removal cream on my upper lip to remove hair. I have now given up and want one last solution to this so that this is permanently cured. I am very confused. Please help me out. This problem is causing me embarrassment.

A.  Perioral pigmentation could be due to hair removal creams, cosmetic creams (especially anti-wrinkle) or even fluorinated toothpaste. To find out a cause, a detailed work up is required. If you are using them avoid them and apply Aziderm cream (20%) cream in the morning and Demelan cream at night. Take Cap. Evion 400 mg daily. Generally, if you avoid precipitating factors, your problem can be solved.

A.  Perioral pigmentation could be due to hair removal creams, cosmetic creams (especially anti-wrinkle) or even fluorinated toothpaste. To find out a cause, a detailed work up is required. If you are using them avoid them and apply Aziderm cream (20%) cream in the morning and Demelan cream at night. Take Cap. Evion 400 mg daily. Generally, if you avoid precipitating factors, your problem can be solved.

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