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Perioral Hyperpigmentation: Everything To Know


A condition where skin darkens due to overproduction of melanin.

Melasma (a type of hyperpigmentation) occurs in about 10-15% of pregnant women. [1]

Not self-diagnosable.
Requires laboratory tests and image testing for diagnosis.
Can happen to men, women, and children.

Hyperpigmentation is a common skin condition, affecting people of all types. Perioral hyperpigmentation condition affects lips and mouth only. The form of hyperpigmentation is melasma and sun spots that affect the sun-exposed area. Causes include pregnancy, acne, heredity, razor bumps, insect bites, chemotherapy side effect, chicken pox, and a change in hormone level.

Age affected: Can affect people of any age group.


Brown, black, or tan spots on skin because of sun exposure.
Patches of darkened skin.
Inflammation on the skin.
Different kind of patches on the skin.


Self-care: To minimize the appearance of hyperpigmentation, applying aloe vera, green tea extract, and liquorice extract could help. In addition, avoiding exposure to the sun will stop hyperpigmentation.

Cosmetic procedures: Your doctor may recommend laser therapy, chemical peels, and other such cosmetic procedures to lighten the affected skin area and reduce the visibility of hyperpigmentation.

Medications: Your doctor may prescribe topical creams and medicines to minimize the symptoms.

Specialists: At mfine, you may connect with a dermatologist for better guidance and treatment for perioral hyperpigmentation.

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