A lip infection can leave permanent discoloration, in my case there is a tiny patch that is slightly paler/bluish color, left on my lower lip a permanent mark long after an outbreak of a cold sore; is this normal and can it go away?

Lip discoloration can happen due to a variety of reasons. A lip infection, as you have mentioned, is one of them. Besides that, heavy smoking, use of unsuitable cosmetics, use of certain drugs, exposure to harsh sunlight, and heredity conditions also play a role in bringing about lip discoloration. It is not clear how deep or dark your mark is. Usually, deeper marks are hard to get rid of than common surface marks. Your mark on the lower lip, if not very deep, can go away with some of the home remedies as given below. Drink plenty of water – this is the first and probably most well known remedy for treating any kind skin discoloration. So, keep drinking a sufficient amount of water, about 10 glasses a day. Drinking water helps flush out toxins from your body and also keeps it properly hydrated.

Use natural bleaching agents, like lime juice, on your lips. Lime juice can help fade the mark on your lips. Squeeze lime juice in a bowl and apply it regularly on the mark. You can also mix lime juice with glycerin and then apply it on your affected skin. For best results, apply this mixture on your lips before going to bed and leave it on overnight. Fresh milk cream mixed with saffron is yet another remedy for removing discoloration and marks from lips. Put saffron in the milk cream and leave it overnight. Apply this mixture on your lips in the morning and for the rest of the day at regular intervals. You can also use clarified butter in the same way.

Try to exfoliate the dark spot on your lip by gently massaging it with a soft brush. Apply something to soften the skin before doing this, like milk cream or petroleum jelly. However, be careful not to rub the skin too harshly, or else you may damage the skin even more. The trick is to do this gently, but regularly, over a period of time. If you have used some cosmetics that may be unsuitable, avoid them altogether. Also, apply some sunscreen lotion on your skin before going out in the sun. Finally, do also pay attention to your diet. Eat plenty of green vegetables and fresh fruits to keep your body’s metabolism healthy. Avoid aerated drinks, caffeinated drinks, and alcohol as much as you can. Smoking, being a strong reason for lip discoloration, should be avoided altogether. Besides these, you should also undertake some light daily exercises and stay healthy.

Whiteheads are basically the white and tiny raised spots that are formed on account of the accumulation of oil or hardened sebum in the pores of the skin. Whiteheads are also defined as tiny cysts that are formed because of the improper removal or elimination of oil that is secreted from the grease glands. Many people are very keen to remove whiteheads as they are commonly found along with blackheads on the face especially around the nose thereby adversely affecting one’s complexion and beauty. One may try some natural whitehead home remedies to get rid of whiteheads. These remedies include drinking plenty of water and other fluids such as fruit juices and also eating fresh fruits that are rich in vitamin and antioxidants and that help in keeping the skin hydrated and supple. Another one of the whitehead home remedies to apply a paste of fresh fenugreek leaves and water on the face every night just before going to bed and then washing this paste off with some luke warm water in the morning. This natural treatment is also known to be highly effective in getting rid of blackheads, pimples, dryness, wrinkles along with removing whiteheads. Another natural treatment to remove whiteheads is to mix some vinegar and cornstarch to form a paste like consistency. You could then apply this mixture on the affected area and later wash it off with some warm water after allowing it to remain for at least 20-30 minutes. Another home remedy to remove whiteheads is to prepare a paste of roasted and powdered pomegranate seeds and some fresh lime juice and then apply this paste over the skin as a cleansing lotion. This treatment helps in giving the individual skin that is free from whiteheads as well as blackheads. One may also apply some grated potatoes on the affected area in the form of a poultice which is found to be highly effective in treating pimples, whiteheads as well as skin blemishes. One may also undertake certain preventive treatment for pimples and whiteheads by mixing together a tablespoon each of fresh lime juice and groundnut oil and applying it regularly on the affected area or the part of the face that is prone to whiteheads or pimples. Another simple natural remedy to remove whiteheads is to apply some toothpaste on the whitehead in the night and then wash it off in the morning when it is dry. The toothpaste will dry out any fluid in the whitehead.

answered by G M

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