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Lips PhotoLips are one of the most defining features of a woman’s face – some describe lips as sensual, sexual and sensitive! So making sure they look great can sure boost your confidence. 

Why do lips darken? Genetics, caffeine, sun exposure, lipstick use, skin trauma, acne, pregnancy and hormonal changes can all cause lips to change color. Lip color is determined by the amount of melanocytes  - cells that produce melanin pigment, which give skin its color. Excessive amounts of melanin can also cause your lips to appear unnecessarily dark in color. 

Hydroquinone - What's wrong with it? 

Can Hydroquinone lighten lips? Hydroquinone is a skin bleaching ingredient used to lighten areas of dark skin. It works by inhibiting an enzyme reaction in skin cells. Many people are worried about the safety of hydroquinone and the European Union banned the use of it in cosmetics in 2001.  The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved studies in 2009 to examine whether hydroquinone is safe for external use. These studies are not yet finished.

Can hydroquinone cause cancer? Can it stop me from having children?

FDA is planning to use rats and mice to work out if hydroquinone can cause cancer, harm your ability to produce children and damage your central nervous system. If you are pregnant or planning to start a family, you are advised not to use hydroquinone. Nursing mothers should also consider the possibility that hydroquinone could be excreted in breast milk. 

Can it cause skin irritation and sensitivity?

Hydroquinone can also cause skin irritation or even a burning sensation when applied to the skin. It can also cause sensitivity to UV exposure. People using hydroquinone may find that they burn more easily in the sun. Without proper skin protection, skin can quickly darken.

Does hydroquinone work on lips?

Hydroquinone should only ever be used externally, and is not recommended on areas of the body that may come into contact with bodily fluids. It should not be used around your eyes, lips or nose.

Hydroquinone can cause further darkening?

Some patients report a condition called exogenous ochronosis - yellow, grey and brown colored lesions caused by overuse of hydroquinone even in products with amounts as small as 2%. Currently, products that contain up to 2 percent hydroquinone may be sold in the U.S. without a prescription, and prescription skin-lightening products may contain up to 4 percent hydroquinone.

What can I do?

Avoid products containing hydroquinone. Use only ones with proven, safe and natural ingredients.Buy only products made in reputable countries with stringent production laws. Some countries are known to use hydroquinone, and even mercury in their products.Get informed – see these sites about hydroquinone: The Campaign for Safe CosmeticsHydroquinone Studies Under The National Toxicology Program (NTP)

How to Lighten Lips

How can I lighten my lips? What are the best ways to lighten dark lips? Many people are looking for a lip lightening cream that is natural and doesn't contain dangerous ingredients. 

Lip Lightening Method 1- Home Made Recipes

Lemon juice, honey, almond oil…there are many ingredients found at home that you can use. Try the following sites for more tips:

Hira’s Beauty Tips 

Farah Dhukai

Lip Lightening Method 2 - Hydroquinone Products from Doctor

Expensive and potentially cancer-causing, Hydroquinone has been banned in many countries. Although initially effective, over time hydroquinone can actually make the skin even more sensitive to light and cause it to darken further.

Lip Lightening Method 3 – Natural Ingredients in a Convenient Tube

For busy people who don’t get much time to create home-made recipes, an all-natural formula ready to use is convenient. Try Fresh Up Skin Pinkish Cream