What Causes Black Spots on Lips?

We can all agree that having black spots on lips is embarrassing. But does it signify a serious medical condition? That’s what we’re going figure out.

Developing this symptom overnight can be a scary experience. Most people automatically assume the worst – cancer, an infection, etc.

However, you shouldn’t jump to conclusions yet. Most of the time, this symptom is caused by something harmless.

In this article, we’ll talk about the potential causes, as well as show you how to remove them.

Black Spots on Lips – Most Common Causes

Here are some of the most common causes for this strange symptom:

  • Eating hot foods
  • Smoking cigarettes
  • Getting too much sun exposure (leads to dry lips)
  • Drinking too much coffee or other caffeinated beverages
  • Chronic lip biting and/or licking
  • A deficiency in vitamin B
  • Hormonal fluctuations
  • Too much iron in the body
  • Allergic reactions
  • Using expire lipstick

In very rare cases, it can be due to cancer. The good news is that this is rare, so there’s no need to panic.

Usually, it’s caused by allergic reactions to toothpaste, lipstick, or lip medications.

Rarely is it the result of cancerous cells. Now that we’ve talked about the potential causes, let’s look at some remedies that you can try at home.

Remedies You Can Try at Home

First and foremost, realize that everyone’s body is different. A remedy that works for you might not work for the next person (and vice versa).

If any of the remedies below don’t work, try a different one. Eventually, you will find one that works.

Potential Quick Fixes

lip balm

One way to remove black spots on lips is to apply more lip balm. If your symptom is being caused by dryness, then this might solve your problem.

Do you live in a dry area (Arizona, Texas, California, etc.)? If so, apply lip balm a few times per day and see if that helps.

Another potential solution is lemon juice. Thanks to the natural bleaching properties of lemon juice, it can be an effective way to alleviate your symptoms.

For even better results, consider adding a few drops of honey to your lemon juice. Next, make sure that you’re getting enough water.

If you’re chronically dehydrated, then one of the first noticeable symptoms will be dry lips (which can lead to spotting).

Drink at least eight glasses of water per day to keep yourself hydrated. Also, avoid licking your lips throughout the day.

Finally, apply rose petals and glycerin to your lips before going to sleep each night. Believe it or not, rose petals are surprisingly effective at removing black spots on lips.

There’s no need to apply several times per day. Doing it once before bed will suffice.

Things to Avoid

black spots on lips

Aside from drinking more water and applying lip balm, there are a few things that you’ll want to avoid.

If you don’t remove the cause of your symptom, then it will simply keep coming back.

Here’s a list of things to avoid:

  • Hot Foods: Give your food sufficient time to cool down before putting it in your mouth. Otherwise, you’ll make your symptom worse.
  • Coffee and Tea: Many people see positive results after eliminating coffee and tea from their diet. As a matter of fact, you should be removing all caffeinated beverages from your diet (this includes soda).
  • Expired Lip Products: Are you using a lip product that’s expired? If so, this could be the culprit of your black spots on lips. Once you stop using expired lip products, your lips should restore to their natural color.
  • Iron Supplements: As we mentioned earlier, excess iron in the body can lead you to developing this symptom. If you’re using iron supplements, then we recommend that you cut back. If the supplements were prescribed by a doctor, then talk with them before you stop taking them.
  • Medications: There are certain medications- like tetracyclines, sulfonamide, and estrogens- that can cause your symptom. If you’re taking these medications, consult your doctor to see if you can cut back or remove them altogether.
  • Tobacco: It’s a no-brainer that smoking is bad for you. Not only can it damage your lungs, but it can also cause your lips to develop dark spots.
  • Alcohol: Alcohol in moderation is okay, but if you start drinking too much, it can lead to dehydration (which damages the lips).

By removing the above things from your diet, your lips will become heathier. The key is to be consistent. Be vigilant about what you’re putting in your body.

By following the above recommendations, you should start to see positive results within a few days.

When Should You See a Dermatologist?

In rare cases, people will still have black spots on lips even after following all the tips above.

If you’re one of these people, then we recommend scheduling an appointment with your dermatologist.

They’ll be able to determine the exact cause of your symptom so that you can get rid of it as quickly as possible.

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