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Old 06-20-2009, 12:09 PM
 
Location: New Orleans, LA
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I have recently noticed that my skin is darker above my lip. I don't know how noticable it is to other people, but to me it looks like a mustache! It's not hair, it's skin. I have tried applying cucumber juice, lime juice, and lemon juice, but I see no change. Has anyone had this problem and tried the juice? If it worked, how long did it take? Maybe I haven't been patient enough.

If not...does anyone have any other ideas for making this area lighter? (Not laser, I mean relatively cheap and quick fixes!)
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Old 06-20-2009, 12:29 PM
 
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I noticed that happened to me a few times. The only times it occurred was when I used "Puff's Plus With Lotion" tissue when I had a cold. I no longer buy tissues with lotion on them. I don't know if this is your case, but maybe it's caused by some kind of face product you're using, or lotion?

For me, the darkness usually went away within a couple of days after my last use of the tissue.
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Old 06-20-2009, 12:40 PM
 
Location: New Orleans, LA
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hmm...yeah I don't use anything on it... and it's been there for a while, i just noticed it getting darker recently. it's not going away
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Old 06-20-2009, 01:30 PM
 
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Sounds like melasma (you can google that to read up ).

Usually caused by a combo of hormones and sun exposure. Are you pregnant? Did you recently start or change birth control pills?
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Old 06-22-2009, 07:00 AM
 
Location: Connecticut
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I had this problem for a few years. It was absolutely horrible and nothing worked. The sun will make it much darker so use a sunscreen with zinc oxide.
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Old 06-22-2009, 03:50 PM
 
Location: New Orleans, LA
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I had this problem for a few years. It was absolutely horrible and nothing worked. The sun will make it much darker so use a sunscreen with zinc oxide.
So eventually it went away?

I am definitely not pregnant and am not on birth control. I have Googled melasma but it just doesn't seem like it would fit since it's not patchy...it's just right where a mustache would be. Grr!
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Old 06-22-2009, 04:00 PM
 
Location: Summerville, SC
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I've seen this before and I think it's fairly common - especially after pregnancies. I saw a product from Bliss Spa in NYC that helps with it. I can't remember the name. Look at their website or catalog and call their customer service rep to see if they can point you in the right direction.

Good luck.
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Old 06-23-2009, 12:54 PM
 
Location: North Carolina
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I've noticed that Laura Conrad on The Hills has the same thing. Anyone notice it too?
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Old 06-23-2009, 04:02 PM
 
Location: New Orleans, LA
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I've noticed that Laura Conrad on The Hills has the same thing. Anyone notice it too?
I just looked her up and you are right, although I'd never be able to tell if it wasn't pointed out to me. If she can't fix it then I guess I'm really doomed!
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Old 06-25-2009, 01:48 PM
 
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The Bliss product is called "Spiff Upper Lip." It's $38. Like the OP, I am not on birth control and haven't been pregnant, but I got meslasma on my upper lip after forgetting sunscreen for one day while on vacation. Really sucks, cause I don't have a 'stache, but have a bit of a dark shadow. I can't say I notice much of a difference yet, but I am going to keep using it and see what happens. If no improvement, I might go to the derm for a peel.
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