dark spots above upper lip

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dark spots above upper lip

Postby clwflorida » Thu Dec 22, 2005 8:31 am

I just turned 46 in November. For the past 4 years I have had brown areas above my upper lip and a small area below my bottom lip. I have tried bleaching creams, they did not help. I even tried to just cover them up with make-up, that doesn't work. I don't even know if this could be a sign of peri-menopause or not. I just want to get rid of these dark areas. It looks like I have a mustache! Any help will be more than appreciated.
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Postby minniepauz » Thu Dec 22, 2005 3:55 pm

Darn, that does sound a bit young to be worrying about age spots, but since everything that happens to us seems to depend on our hormones, it might be possible. If I were you, I'd check with a dermatologist and make sure you mention peri-menopause because they probably won't.

At least you're not actually growing a mustache! One of my grandkids actually told me I look like grandpa because of the hair on my face! :( I had to make a cartoon out of it:

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Postby colopam » Fri Dec 23, 2005 9:04 am

Hey clwflorida!

I'd check with a dermatologist. Some hormonal changes can create skin color changes. I've had some on the sides of my face, get worse if I go out in the sun. Not fair that we have ALL these changes to contend with throughout our changing lives! Let us know what happens!!
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Postby drjudy » Fri Dec 23, 2005 8:37 pm

Dear CLW,

I'm not sure what this is about. There is a condition called chloasma where hormonal imbalance (primarily pregnancy or birth control pill use) causes a mottled hyperpigmentation (dark spots) on the face. Bleach creams are used with more or less success. Apparently without much use in your case.

I certainly appreciate the agony of having spots on your skin. I think we all feel strongly about the way our heads look to the rest of the world. I hope a dermatologist is able to help you fade these areas.

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