What is causing dark lines on my lips that looks like lip liner? (photo)

About a year & a half ago I started to notice dark lines around my lips - it looks like lip liner. It's on the lips itself, not above or below. I have been to a number of dermatologists and they all say it's from the sun (I live in a tropical climate) but I always use sunscreen on my lips and stay out of the sun as much as possible. It seems to be getting worse. I read online that it might be a result of stomach and digestion problem? I have been suffering from gastro problems for a while.

Doctor Answers 2

Lip Q switch laser

This discoloration may be genetic. I would recommend Melarase PM + Q switch laser with an expert. 

Best, 

Dr. Karamanoukian

Los Angeles


Los Angeles Plastic Surgeon
4.8 out of 5 stars 94 reviews

Probable melasma- does it worsen with UV exposure?

Melasma can not be completely cured, however effective treatment are possible. This is because your skin is extremely sensitive to UV and even the smallest amount can stimulate your pigment cells to produce colour. The mainstay of treatment is strict UV protection- hats, sunglasses and SPF every 4 hours. I prefer to use a combination of creams and laser for melasma. Hydroquinone can be used (5-8%), along with vitamin A creams. I usually start my patients on laser (low dose Q switch or Picosure) a few weeks after they commence on creams. In some cases I combine glycolic AHA peels, and in other cases I use a tablet called Tranexamic acid to help.  All the best, Dr Davin Lim. Laser, surgical and aesthetic dermatologist. Brisbane, Australia 

Davin Lim, MBBS, FACD
Brisbane Dermatologist
4.7 out of 5 stars 61 reviews

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