Will applying Retin A reduce the darkness of my lips?

I have always had lips with dark edges. Recently, they seem to have become darker! I am 28, and do not smoke. I use sunscreen regularly. I have very recently started using Retin A. I have read that applying almond oil helps, but I want to be sure of what I do. Thank you, in advance, for your time.

Doctor Answers 2

Darkness of the lips

Retin-A will have no effect on the darkness of your lips.  I am not aware of any procedure that will correct your problem.  

Atlanta Plastic Surgeon
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Dark Lip Edges

Lips with dark edges, called hyper-pigmentation, is a feature of ethnicity. With this being said, it can make it difficult to treat patients with darker skin tones. This darkness typically gets more accentuated with sun exposure, so make sure that you are moderating any UV light exposure during the Summer.

Retin-A can help to lighten skin of any cause, especially when combined with hydroquinone and a very mild corticosteroid, like hydrocortisone, for a short period of time. In the botanical category, things like arbutin and licorice root have the most data on the holistic side for skin lightening.

Bobby Buka, MD
New York Dermatologist
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