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Dark skin is beautiful if that's the way you're meant to be. But when you have patches of dark skin around your mouth, and the rest of you is lighter-complected, then you may think there's a problem. You don't want to go around looking like you haven't washed your face! And ignoring a potential health problem isn't going to make it go away. Your daily habits, both good and not-so-good, can play a role in how your skin looks and feels. Treat it nice to get rid of the dark circles so you can look your very best.
End the habit now, if you smoke. Smoking can cause you to develop dark spots in and around your mouth and lips that could be cancerous. Plus nicotine can dry your skin out, leaving you wrinkly and dehydrated, which can also leave you with a dark look.
Assess your recent grooming habits --- have you bleached, waxed or tweezed your upper lip and chin lately? It's possible that your darkened mouth is a reaction to your hair removal products. If you suspect this is the case, look again in a few days, and most likely you'll see the irritation receding.
Apply a fading cream to a brownish darkening around your lips and mouth. Products that contain hydroquinone are available without a prescription and can cause you to lighten up, both literally and figuratively. Use bleaching creams with care, because too much of a good thing can actually cause more of a darkening due to irritation.
Stop using all products, including hydroquinone, if your dark circles tend toward red and are raised like little pimples. This could be a condition called perioral dermatitis, and can be the result of using a variety of cosmetics and makeup. The rash appears around your mouth and nose. Washing your face with plain water, forgoing the makeup and moisturizers, and taking prescription antibiotics are treatments recommended by the New Zealand Dermatological Society.
Have your blood tested to see how your hormones are looking. Melasma is an increase in the pigment in areas of your face and is common in pregnancy or if you have a hormone imbalance. If there's no bun in the oven, you might benefit from medications or supplements to even out your levels.
Protect yourself from the sun every time you go outside. When the warmth of the sun hits your face, it can make your body produce more pigment, and not always uniformly. Age spots, no matter how old you are, can form on your face, including around your mouth.