Connector December 2023

CONNECTOR.AE 50 CONNECTOR.AE 51 Health and Wellness Health and Wellness Treatment For Lip Pigmentation If you’re dealing with pigmented lips, the primary steps include boosting your water intake, regularly moisturising your lips, and avoiding leaving them chapped or dry. Highlighting this Dr. Umesh Nihalani from Dubai London Clinic and Speciality Hospital said, “There are many pigmentation treatments and office procedures that can provide good results. Treatment depends on the depth of pigmentation, the skin type and colour, lifestyle factors, etc. The treatment options that are available include topical creams, chemical peels and laser skin rejuvenation. In some cases where dehydration is the only problem, and the moisturisers are not enough, tiny injections of hyaluronic acid help improve the hydration without any other volumetric changes. These treatments can also help enhance the lips aesthetically.” Home Remedies Dr. Umesh Nihalani, of Dubai London Clinic and Speciality Hospital, said, “Lips are very delicate parts of the body; they don’t have a hard keratin layer, which makes them more sensitive to harsh treatments. So, one has to choose the home care remedies with caution. For hydration one can use honey, coconut oil, or almond oil. For inflammation, one can use turmeric, which might help. For pigmentary changes after the acute episode is over, mild exfoliation using lemon or pomegranate may help. But these natural remedies may not suit everyone. Be cautious when using on very inflamed or irritated skin. If the symptoms don’t improve in a few days, professional advice should not be delayed.” Some Home Remedies That You Can Try 1. Lemon And Sugar Scrub: At night, take a lemon wedge, dip it in sugar, and gently rub your lips with the sugared lemon. The following morning, rinse your lips with lukewarm water. with the use of sunscreen-infused lip balm. A well-balanced diet rich in nutrition, hydration, and exfoliation using a gentle mix of coconut oil and sugar are key. Additionally, explore natural remedies like a honey and lime juice mixture to naturally lighten upper lip colour. These steps collectively contribute to maintaining lip health and avoiding unwanted pigmentation.” When To Visit A Dermatologist If you’ve been struggling with lip pigmentation and have experimented with home remedies without success, it’s advisable to consult a dermatologist. They can identify the underlying cause and recommend appropriate treatments. Adding more to this, Dr Rusnei Schmitz, Dubai Cosmetic Surgery Clinic, says, “Recognising when professional assistance is necessary is crucial. If home remedies prove ineffective, it’s advisable to consult a boardcertified dermatologist. They can assess your specific skin type and devise a personalised skincare routine to safely address the dark discolouration. Rest assured that in most cases, if the lip hyperpigmentation is caused due to lifestyle factors such as hormonal imbalance, diet or poor oral hygiene, it will correct itself over time if changes are made.” 2. Turmeric And Milk: Create a paste by mixing 1 tablespoon of milk with a small amount of turmeric powder in a small bowl. Gently rub the paste onto your lips using a wet fingertip. Allow it to sit for approximately five minutes before rinsing it with cool water. After drying your lips, apply your preferred moisturiser. 3. Rose Water And Honey: Combine two drops of rose water with six drops of honey. Apply this mixture to your lips three to four times a day, and you can also use it before bedtime at night. 4. Aloe Vera Gel: Apply a thin layer of fresh aloe vera gel to your lips once a day. Allow it to dry, and then rinse it off with warm water. 5. Olive Oil: At night, gently massage a few drops of olive oil onto your lips. Follow A Proper Lip Care Regime Keep your lips well-hydrated with a generous layer of moisturiser, and be sure to use effective lip scrubs for exfoliation at least twice a week. Exfoliation aids in removing dead skin and addressing pigmentation issues. Additionally, always apply a lip sunscreen with Sun Protection Factor 50 to shield your lips from UV rays. Maintain a nutritious diet rich in essential vitamins and minerals. Lastly, resist the urge to lick, bite, or pick at your lips. Dr. Rusnei Schmitz of Dubai Cosmetic Surgery Clinic advises, “To prevent lip pigmentation, adopt essential practices such as maintaining proper oral hygiene, quitting smoking, and minimising sun exposure