You’ve heard the saying, “Lipstick never lies.” But do you know why that’s the case? If your answer is no or you don’t believe it is possible for lipstick to turn your lips black and peeled, then you are in for a disappointment. Peeling lips usually happens when there is a buildup of oil and sebum in the puckered area. The lip stain caused by this can also be referred to as lip disease or lip printing. Peeling lips can happen to anyone — men and women alike! Although it often affects people with quite sensitive skin, it isn’t strictly a cosmetic issue. The redness and peeling of the skin around the mouth can actually have an impact on your self-esteem, leading you to believe that you are unattractive because of it. In this article, we talk about how having blackened lips might just be the tip of the iceberg and how not knowing about these issues could be keeping you from living a happy life full of color!
Why My Lips Are Turning Black and Peeling?
There are a few reasons why your lips may be experiencing problems. Most often, it’s because of dryness or irritation from the sun, foods, smoke, or other sources. If you’re experiencing problems with the skin near your mouth, you can consult a doctor to see if there is something wrong.
What causes Peeling Lipstick?
- Lack of moisture. The lips are prone to dryness because they are exposed to the elements. When you don’t moisturize your lips, the skin becomes thin and weak, which is why it’s more prone to cracking and peeling when you don’t apply lip balm.
- Excessive heat or cold and wind can also cause dryness in the lips. The temperature of your environment can have a big impact on how your lips look, but if you don’t take care of them, they will become dry and peel easily.
- Alcohol can also be a factor for peeling lips if it is consumed in excess or if it is ingested into your mouth when smoking cigarettes or chewing tobacco. This leads to burning of the tissue under your lips as well as causing chemical burns from the acids in the cigarette smoke that then come into contact with the tissue under your lips.
- Other causes include foods such as chocolate, onions, nuts, cheese, and spicy foods that may cause an allergic reaction that results in redness and irritation around the mouth area; allergic reactions to medications; stress-related issues; hormonal changes; and illnesses such as strep throat or sore throats that may result in a condition called “strawberry tongue.”
- For some people with sensitive skin who wear lipstick frequently (especially daily), there is a very small chance of developing Peeling Lipstick due to friction between lipsticks when they rub against each other while being worn.
- If you are taking certain medications, it may cause your lips to peel. This can be the case with some antibiotics such as Tetracycline and Lincocin, which can cause irritation to the skin around the mouth. You should stop taking these medications immediately if this happens.
How To Prevent Peeling Lipstick?
- The best way to prevent peeling lips is to keep them moisturized. The skin is the largest organ in your body, and it consists of many layers that work together to protect the skin from damage. When these layers become dry and damaged, they begin to peel.
- Eat healthily. Just as you would with all other parts of your body, eating healthy foods will help keep your lips moist and healthy and prevent peeling lipstick. Foods that are rich in vitamin A and C can help stave off dryness and keep lips soft, smooth, and supple by keeping moisture levels up in the skin. Foods rich in vitamin E will help boost collagen production for healthy-looking lips by keeping the skin strong and flexible.
- Drink plenty of water. Your body needs water to stay hydrated which means drinking plenty of water can help keep your lips moist and prevent them from peeling or cracking as well as helping you maintain a healthy weight which will help improve overall health as well!
- As you age, your skin can become less supple and less elastic, which means that the outer layer of your skin may be more sensitive to damage and may be more likely to peel or crack. To keep your lips from peeling and cracking, you should exfoliate every other day with a gentle scrub like Lush Lip Scrub.
- Avoid harsh ingredients. There are some ingredients in makeup that can cause dryness and irritation on your lips. These ingredients include Petrolatum (in lipsticks), lanolin (in lip balms), salicylic acid (in lip scrubs), hydrogenated oils (in lipstick), sulfates in shampoos, and sodium lauryl sulfate in toothpaste for example. Some other common ingredients that might cause dryness or irritation on the lips include parabens, dimethicone, glycol ethers, and alcohols found in some makeup products such as hand creams or lotions. If you’re experiencing peeling lip issues or have sensitive skin, try moisturizing with a non-comedogenic moisturizer rather than products that contain these ingredients!
- Don’t overdo it. If you’re regularly applying lip balms, lipsticks, and glosses, then your lips will be constantly moisturized. As a result, they will become more likely to peel and crack. Instead, apply these products once or twice a week and your lips should remain soft and smooth!
- Be gentle with your lips. If you’re prone to dryness or cracking on the outside of your lips, refrain from harsh exfoliation treatments like scrubbing or over-applying lipstick. Instead, try using a gentle lip scrub like Lush Lip Scrub which will gently remove dead skin cells without damaging the outer layer of the skin.
- Use an oil-free lip product. Some lip products are made with oils that can cause dryness or irritation on the lips if used frequently or for long periods of time such as lipstick that is made with petrolatum, or lip balm that contains lanolin (a wax). Try using a product without oils such as Lush’s Lip Balm instead to prevent dryness!
As you can see, having blackened lips doesn’t have to mean that you are unattractive. In fact, it is quite the opposite. Black lipsticks are actually a sign that you have very good skin! It just means that you need to take care of your skin and make sure it gets the nutrition it needs to stay strong, beautiful, and young. If you are interested in further reading, here are a few books that cover everything you need to know about having black lips: Lipstick for the Win The Ultimate Lipstick Guide And if you want to get really scientific, here are some great resources: For more information about how to treat black lips, check out our articles on How to Get Rid of Black Lipstick and How to Prevent Black Lipstick. And if you are interested in learning more about yourself, take our self-esteem test! It will help you get to know yourself better and see what areas of your life need work the most!
Q. How do I get rid of black lipsticks?
A. The best way to get rid of black lipsticks is to be completely honest with yourself and tell yourself that you don’t like the color of your lips and that you would rather have a lighter shade. If you are a little nervous about telling yourself that, then tell someone else first! You can also try using a tinted moisturizer or lipstick to lighten your lips before applying lipstick.
Q. Is it okay to use a moisturizer with SPF on my lips?
A. Most dermatologists will tell you no because the SPF in most sunscreens can actually make your lips more sensitive and dryer, so it’s best not to use them together (though many people still do).
Q: What is the best way to treat dry, cracked lips?
A. To treat dry, cracked lips it is important to avoid harsh exfoliation treatments like scrubbing or over-applying lipstick. Instead, try using a gentle lip scrub like Lush Lip Scrub which will gently remove dead skin cells without damaging the outer layer of the skin!
Q: How can I prevent black lips?
A. It is important to avoid harsh exfoliation treatments like scrubbing or over-applying lipstick as they can damage the outer layer of your skin as well as cause dryness. Also, avoid products that contain ingredients such as petrolatum (a wax) or lanolin (a wax).