How To Remove Pigmentation Around Mouth Permanently – Brown skin beauties have their own struggles like pigmentation, dull skin and uneven skin tone.
Pigmentation in particular is difficult to treat so you have to be patient with your skin care routine.
This post about hyperpigmentation includes a
- 5-step morning skin care routine
- 6-step night skin care routine
Start with one serum a week to check how your skin reacts to each of them.
Use Sunscreen And reapply every 4 hours.
Introduce low concentration(2-5% serum) until your skin gets used to it. Then, increase the potency of the serum depending on your skin tolerance.
How Long To Reduce Pigmentation Around Mouth?
Small changes can be seen within 4 weeks time.
Pigmentation skin care routine takes about 8-12 weeks to see a major difference in lightening of the patch.
If you have mild pigmentation, you are certainly get rid of them completely in 2-3 months but, those with deeper pigmentation may need 6-8 months of treatment.
Morning Skin Care Routine(5-Steps)
The morning skin care involves consecutive 5 steps starting with a cleanser, toner, serum, moisturiser and finally a sunscreen.
I usually do not use face wash or cleanser in the morning. Just a simple rinse with warm water is enough for my normal skin.
STEP – 1
You can use homemade Oats flour cleanser to cleanse your face or, go for a store bought cleanser.
- Prescribed for post procedure skin
- Dermatologist recommended
- Does not dry out your skin
- Suitable for dry, sensitive and acne prone skin
- Can certainly be used 2 times a day
- Mild but effective
You can use hydroxy acid cleansers in the morning provided, you are not using an acid based toner(AHA, BHA, PHA). In this case, Follow up with a gentle soothing toner.
MANDELIC ACID TONER
STEP – 2
Use of exfoliants helps gently peel away the dead skin cells revealing younger looking even toned skin.
I recommend Mandelic acid toner which despite being an acid is least irritating among all the hydroxy acids like glycolic acid and salicylic acid.
Consistent use does give you a healthy looking brighter skin.
Unlike higher concentration of glycolic acid and salicylic acid, there will not be any visible peeling while using Mandelic Acid.
Kaya Acne Free Purifying Toner, with Mandelic Acid
Acid percentage not disclosed compared to the other products I have mentioned below. So I’m not sure about its effectiveness. 🙁 🙁
For Oily/Acne Prone skin
Mandelic acid helps to exfoliate dead skin cells and definitely promotes skin cell turnover, lightens blemishes and also dark spots, fights ageing and hence results in a brighter, even toned and healthier, radiant skin.
A combination of mandelic acid, salicylic acid and cucumber surely helps control excess oil and prevents breakouts.
This toner does soothe irritations, gently exfoliates and unclogs pores.
Minimalist PHA 3% + Biotic Toner
Suits all skin types – Fragrance free
A daily, gentle exfoliating, pH balancing, pore tightening & skin hydrating toner.
Boosted with Pre-Biotics and Pro-Biotics to balance skin microbiome and hence it definitely helps accelerate the recovery of skin’s barrier function
By Wishtrend Mandelic Acid 5% Prep Water
Best suited for all skin types, especially sensitive skin.
Fragrance free, Vegan friendly.
Mandelic acid is an alpha hydroxyl acid which derived from bitter almonds but, is less irritating to the skin compared to Salicylic acid and Glycolic acid.
Mandelic acid has a larger molecular weight that sits on the surface of the skin and gently exfoliates without irritating the skin.
Additional key ingredients like Panthenol, Centella Asiatica Extract and Beta-Glucan soothes and moisturizes the skin even after exfoliation.
STEP – 3
Niacinamide is most certainly compatible with most antioxidants, hydroxy acids, ceramics, peptides, retinol and also vitamin C.
Moisturisers definitely perform better when used with niacin amide and hence, leaves your skin soft and supple.
It also suits all skin types including sensitive skin and problem skin.
Start with a low concentration like 5% and then slowly work your way up to 10%.
Better sun protection
Promotes ceramide production
Prevents dryness and flaky skin
Retains the moisture level
Minimises the appearance of pores, fine lines and even wrinkles
Soothes redness and irritations
Helps reduce Orange peel skin
Improves skin texture
STEP – 4
After using a toner, follow up with a good moisturiser that suits your skin.
And of course, If you already have a HG moisturiser and sunscreen, please feel free use them.
Just make sure the moisturiser or day cream does not have any ingredients that neutralise Niacinamide.
FOR OILY/ACNE PRONE/COMBINATION SKIN
Aloe Vera Gel – BuyNow
L’Oreal Paris Hydrafresh Anti-Shine Icy Gel – BuyNow
Ponds Super Light Gel Oil Free Moisturiser – BuyNow
Sebamed Clear Face Care Gel Ph5.5 – BuyNow
FOR DRY/MATURE SKIN
Plum Hello Aloe Caring Day Moisturizer, BuyNow
Derma Essentia Ultra Hydrating Moisturiser – BuyNow
After you are done with cleaning, toning and moisturising, It is time for the most important step in morning skin care routine which is certainly the Sunscreen.
STEP – 5
You can choose a sunscreen based on your skin type but, just remember to go for a broad spectrum sunscreen with an SPF 50+++.
Brands like Innisfree, L’Oreal and Biore provides protection against all UVA and UVB rays of the sun. You can see the label that shows something like this, SPF 50++++
REAPPLY EVERY 4 HOURS.
Do not skip this especially if you have pigmentation and melasma as, a 5 minute sun exposure can worsen your condition.
Most of the mineral sunscreens have a prominent white cast because of the presence of zinc oxide and titanium dioxide. 🙁
L’Oreal Paris UV Perfect SPF 50++++
Bello PhotoStable Sunscreen
Brinton Healthcare Uvdoux Face & Body Sunscreen Gel
This routine in particular also provides anti-ageing benefits and keeps you skin youthful and glowing.
Mature skin can also try this routine as it improves the appearance of fine lines and promotes collagen and ceramide production.
Morning Skin Care Routine
Mandelic Acid Toner 5-10%
Niacinamide Serum 10% (Beginners – 5%)
Sunscreen spf 50+++
Follow this routine religiously for 8-12 weeks to see noticeable difference in pigmentation around mouth.
Now moving on to the night skin care regimen which consists of all the actives.
NIGHT TIME SKIN CARE ROUTINE
All the actives used in treating pigmentation around mouth or any other part of your body are generally included in the night time routine as most of the actives are sensitive to light.
NOTE – Use gentle cleansers and toners in the night skin care routine.
STEP – 1
Use an oil or oil based cleanser to remove your makeup, sunscreen and grime, After which you can use a mild foaming cleanser or a simple gel cleanser to ensure that your skin is squeaky clean.
Since we are using actives to remove pigmentation around mouth, make sure the skin is clean so that the serum can penetrate the skin easily and work effectively.
NOTE– Use a gentle cleanser to avoid skin irritation from using too many strong ingredients together.
You can use micellar water to remove layers of water proof makeup and sunscreen.
The same cleanser can also be used twice for the double cleanse method especially if you are not that keen on applying layers of makeup.
You can also opt for a simple Rose water toner or Cucumber toner.
Trust me, it does not interfere with the actives that we are going to apply after this and is safe to use with active ingredients too.
For sensitive skin, Better go for a Fragrance free toner.
Skip toners with ingredients like glycolic acid or any other acids, skin brighteners and any kind of exfoliators.
This is the most important step in our night time skin care routine.
Remember, Always choose trustworthy brand products.
The order in which you apply each ingredient is really important for the routine to work effectively.
How To Layer Serum For Pigmentation?
Apply Lactic acid serum first, wait for 2 minutes and then, apply Alpha Arbutin serum.
Wait for 2 minutes and follow up with Vitamin C serum.
NOTE – If you are a beginner to Lactic acid and vitamin C then, To avoid irritation use these on alternate days until your skin gets used to it.
Do a patch test first. (IMPORTANT GUYS !!!)
Lactic Acid Serum (5% for beginners, other’s go for 10%)
STEP – 3
How Often To Use Lactic Acid?
Depending on your skin tolerance, you can use lactic acid daily or 2-3 times a week.
Start using it 2 times a week and see how your skin tolerates a 5% lactic acid serum. Then, work on from there until you reach 7-10%.
Exfoliation is important to lighten pigmentation around mouth and cheeks.
Alpha Arbutin serum (2%)
STEP – 4
Alpha Arbutin is compatible with most actives and is not known to cause any kind of irritations on the skin.
This is one of the most well known ingredient to get rid of pigmentation around mouth and other parts without any side effects.
Vitamin C serum (10%)
STEP – 5
STEP – 6
It is really important to apply a moisturiser after the application of the actives to prevent dry skin.
Choose one according to your skin type.
I usually go for skin repair creams that provide a good healing environment for our skin.
Ingredients like Oats, Green tea provide antioxidant benefits while also healing the skin.
FRAGRANCE FREE MOISTURISERS
Minimalist Sepicalm 3% Face Moisturiser
It’s Skin Hyaluronic Acid Moisture Cream
Sebamed Clear Face Care Gel Ph5.5
Kaya Acne Free Purifying Nourisher
Cetaphil Moisturising lotion
ETUDE HOUSE SOONJUNG Moist Emulsion
Normal skin like mine could go for Aloe Vera gel followed by a 2 drops of squalane oil/rose-hip oil for long lasting hydration.
Choose a moisturiser without any actives like vitamin C, hydroxy acids, or retinol in it.
Keep It Simple.
This is not a substitute to a treatment in the clinic So, consult a dermatologist before trying this routine or any new potent ingredients to make sure it suits your skin and does not cause irritation.
I am giving you details on how to get rid of pigmentation around mouth based on what worked for me and on how each ingredient should be layered so that you get a basic idea on layering actives.
Following these guidelines helps you to safely remove pigmentation around mouth permanently.
Night Skin Care Routine
Double Cleanse (With oil & Gentle cleanser)
Hydrating Toner (No AHA or BHA)
Lactic acid 10%
Alpha Arbutin 2%
Vitamin C 10%
Finally, Not all ingredients suit everyone.
So, always start slow and see how your skin reacts to each ingredient.
Build a skin care routine that suits your needs.
Buy products from a reputed and trust-worthy brand to ensure its efficiency.
Last but not the least, BE PATIENT FOR 12 WEEKS. 🙂