First things first: Your lips are meant to be darker than the rest of your body, falling within a reddish pink to brown range. This is not the same as the shade gifted by smoking multiple packs a day (thanks heat, smoke and nicotine). There are certain other factors that cause hyperpigmentation or discolouration on the lips. Hyperpigmentation is an umbrella term that denotes discolouration of the skin and is usually a symptom and not a condition by itself.
Typical forms of hyperpigmentation on the face are usually sun spots caused by excessive exposure to sunlight, patches of melasma usually caused by hormonal changes, or the post inflammatory hyperpigmentation i.e. the detritus left behind by acne. The lips however are spared of these forms of discolouration, because the skin here is very different from the face. It’s thinner and more fragile, as well more exposed to everything we shovel into our mouths and saliva, that wonderfully dehydrating agent and chapped lips villain. The discolouration is usually a darkening around the margins or on the insides of the lips where they meet near the mouth. And we want it gone, because the industry is introducing a new lip colour almost every second and it just might be the elixir to fix Zoom blues. We don’t want to miss out.