There are a couple of skin concerns that are so stubborn that even after following a proper skincare routine, they just don’t seem to go away. Pigmentation is one such issue, and when it shows up as dark patches around the mouth, it can be quite a challenge to get rid of them. This is because the skin around your mouth is prone to hyperpigmentation. It can also be a result of bad habits like the constant licking of the lips and the area around the mouth. FYI, even your toothpaste can darken this area. Side effects from certain medications are also known to trigger pigmentation around the mouth. Fortunately, there are some effective ways to fight pigmentation around the mouth. Check ‘em out..

 

01. Cleanse and exfoliate this area

01. Cleanse and exfoliate this area

Often, while cleansing or exfoliating your face, you tend to focus more on the cheeks, leaving the area around your mouth with lesser attention. Make sure to spend at least 60 seconds washing your face for the cleanser to thoroughly get rid of dirt and impurities. Also, pick chemical exfoliators over physical ones to avoid over scrubbing near your mouth and damaging the sensitive skin of your lips.

BB picks: Pond’s White Beauty Mineral Clay Instant Brightness Facial Foam

 

02. Indulge in chemical peels

02. Indulge in chemical peels

Chemical peels like glycolic or salicylic acid offer a quick solution to the pigmentation around the mouth. These clinical treatments help lighten the pigmented areas giving you more even-toned skin. But you’ll have to go in for a couple of sessions and follow proper post-treatment care if you want permanent results.

 

03. Include skin brightening ingredients in your routine

03. Include skin brightening ingredients in your routine

If your everyday moisturisers and serums are not making the cut, chances are they don’t contain brightening ingredients in them. Ingredients like liquorice extract, kojic acid, vitamin C, grape seed extract, azelaic acid, or niacinamide are known to inhibit the excessive production of melanin in the skin. Thus helping you achieve a radiant, and more even-toned complexion.

BB picks: Dermalogica Biolumin -C Vitamin C Serum

 

04. Focus on sun protection

04. Focus on sun protection

Prolonged sun exposure is one of the leading causes of pigmentation. That’s why it’s super important to wear sunscreen every day, all year round. You should also try to keep your face covered as much as possible. Broad-brimmed hats that extend their shade right down to your collarbone are a good investment to make!

BB picks: Lakme Sun Expert SPF 50 Ultra Matte Gel

 

05. Visit a dermat

05. Visit a dermat

If all fails, pick up the phone and schedule an appointment with your dermatologist. They might prescribe a topical ointment with hydroquinone in it. This drug inhibits new epidermal melanin production to give you a more even-toned complexion.