My Lips are Dark from Smoking – How to Lighten black lips and make them pink again?

Millions of people around the world are facing the problem of black lips due to their habit of smoking. If you are also dealing with this issue then go through this article to learn about some easy yet effective ways to lighten your dark lips. Healthy pink lips helps boost up the cuteness of your face. So, if you want to get pink and kissable lips then the first thing you should consider is to get rid of your smoking habit. Second important thing is to follow a good lip care routine, and the last one is to make use of natural skin ingredients like lemon, honey and yogurt to get rid of hyper pigmentation.

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How Smoking Affects the Lips and what are the other causes of Lip Discoloration?

Nicotine and other chemicals which are present in cigarettes are said to be the major culprits. They cause hardening of blood vessels and as a result your facial areas including your lips do not get proper blood supply and other nutrients. This whole process makes the skin look dark, dull and lifeless.

Apart from this there are many other reasons behind those black ugly looking lips, like:

Prolonged sun exposure

Hormonal Change

Tea, coffee and alcohol intake

Carbonated Drinks

Lip sucking




Habit of chewing tobacco – khaini, zarda, gutkha etc.


How to Get Rid of Dark Lips from Smoking


First of all you need to exfoliate your lips. Exfoliation a.k.a. scrubbing is a simple step that helps remove  old dead skin cells and other impurities like traces of your lipstick, oiliness etc. This step will make your lips soft, pink and clear. You can use several ingredients for your exfoliation. Here are some good homemade lips exfoliator recipes for you.

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Make a paste by mixing a few drops of water in one teaspoon of baking soda. Apply it and use your finger tip to gently scrub the area.

You can also use a paste prepared by combining sugar and olive oil.

If your lips are too dry then you can opt for honey and sugar mixture.

Take an old toothbrush and apply some petroleum jelly on it. Rub this jelly containing brush on your lips.

After exfoliation step, clean your lips with a warm wash cloth and now, you can use homemade lip lightening treatments. Some of the most popular home based remedies are given below.


Home Remedies for Smokers Lips | Lighten dark lips from smoking

Lemon and Glycerin with Honey

This is really my best-loved remedy because honey in this recipe will help moisturize the skin where as skin fading properties of lemon will help lighten it and as a result you’ll get soft, moisturized and pink lips. All you need to do is to mix one tablespoon of fresh lemon juice with half tablespoon of honey and half tablespoon of glycerin. Apply it on the area you want to lighten. Use it twice daily until you see some positive outcomes and then once daily.

Massage with Oils

Many beauty experts say that the discoloration of the skin can be easily cured by massaging olive, almond, castor, clove or coconut oil. So, you can use these oils on your lips to get rid of hyper pigmentation.  Massage the area before taking a good night sleep.  As you know , lack of nutrients due to poor blood supply is the prime cause behind lips darkening. Massage  will improve blood supply towards your lips and as a result they will get proper supply of nutrients and oxygen.

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Clarified Butter aka Ghee

Use of clarified butter is also a time tested remedy for black lips. You can easily prevent and cure your problem by applying this butter every night before bed. The best way to use it is to rub a slice of lemon in the morning and apply clarified butter in the evening.

Sour Cream and Banana

Here we are going to make an effective lip moisturizing and fading recipe. All you need to do is to mix sour cream, banana and honey together. Spread it on your lips and allow it to sit on for about 30 minutes before washing.

Juices for juicy Lips

Yes! One can also use juices to remove black tint from their skin.  You can use pomegranate,cucmber juice,  beet root, lime and coriander juice for this purpose. Apply the juice on your lips several times a day.

Malai and Saffron

A paste prepared by mixing milk cream and saffron is also a great remedy for skin discoloration.

Yogurt and Ice cubes

Yogurt has mild exfoliating and skin fading effects. Massage the area with it for a few minutes and then rub an ice cube to make your lips look pink, soft and moisturize. Use this remedy on a daily basis.

Berries and Aloe vera

You can use skin lightening properties of berries and aloe vera. One can use raspberries/strawberries, aloe vera juice, and honey, to create a smooth paste. Slather the resultant mix on your lips and wait for about 15 minutes before washing.

ACV or Apple Cider Vinegar

It is another good ingredient that you can use to restore the color of your skin back to normal. You can mix onion juice to into it to make this remedy even more fruitful.

Rub Potato Slice

People use potato juice to get rid of dark under eye circles. You can also rub a slice of potato or apply its juice to remove your black lip problem.

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Orange Peel and Almond Powder

Mix orange peel and almond powder together (equal quantity). Now, add some rose water to create a paste. Apply this paste on your face and lips and wash it off after 20 minutes.

Sandalwood and Lime Paste with Rose water

Combine sandalwood powder and lime juice to form a paste. Add few drops of lime juice into this paste. Spread it on the desired area you want to lighten.

Vitamin E oil and Lemon Juice

In this remedy you need to extract half a teaspoon of vitamin e oil from vitamin e oil capsules. You can buy these capsules from any nearby medical shop. Now, mix the oil with half a spoon of lemon juice and apply the final mixture on you lips. For best results do this at night before you sleep. This mixture will make your lips soft and pink in few days.

Dark Smoker Lips Prevention Tips

  • Limit or avoid your habit of smoking.
  • Allow your lips to breathe and for this you need to avoid the use of lipstick and other lip care products. Plus, use natural options instead of using chemical laden products.
  • Avoid prolonged sun exposure and do not forget to apply a good sunscreen lotion with a suitable sun protection factor.
  • Keep your body hydrated because dehydrate skin is more susceptible to discoloration. So, make use of juice, water and other healthy fluids to balance your body’s hydration levels.

These were some simple tips and remedies on how to get rid of black lips at home. Follow them regularly to make your lips soft, pink, glowing and kissable.

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