Melasma on the upper lip, also referred to as a sun mustache, is darkening that makes it appear as though someone has a mustache or a shadow. There are several reasons why it may occur, but sun exposure can play a big part in this unwelcome condition that affects women more than men, and hormones can also be a trigger although the exact cause is not yet known. Taking preventative measures against the sun is one of the best things you can do, so let’s talk about some habits that you’ll want to incorporate into your daily routine.
Properly Use Sunscreen
There are some who feel that applying sunscreen once and haphazardly putting it on is enough, but if you’re looking to try to prevent a sun mustache, a little more effort is required. You should opt for sunscreen that’s 30+, put it on carefully so you get all areas of your face including your upper lip, and reapply it every two hours throughout the day or after you’ve been sweating or swimming. Even if you’re using a moisturizer or other skin care product that contains SPF, you’re still going to want to reapply sunscreen throughout the day.
Wear a Wide-Brimmed Hat
Wearing a wide-brimmed hat can be a big help for increasing your chances of preventing a sun mustache. Make sure it has a brim that’s large enough to provide a good amount of protection. In addition to protecting your face and the top of your head from the sun, it’s an added bonus that it can also add an extra touch of style to your outfit.
Stay Out of the Sun
With so much to do on a daily basis, we can’t really avoid the sun altogether, but we can at least take steps to prevent being out in the sun as much as possible. For example, avoid going outdoors between 10am and 4pm when the UV rays are at their strongest and when you are outdoors, opt to stay in the shade.
Speak with Your Dermatologist
You see yourself in the mirror every day and know what your skin looks like, so if you start seeing signs that you’re getting a sun mustache on your upper lip, don’t put off getting it looked at. It can be easy to take the “wait and see” approach, but that’s not going to help the issue. The sooner you address the Melasma with your dermatologist, the easier it may be to combat.
Take note that sun protection is essential year-round, not just during the spring and summer months or when you’re spending an extended amount of time outdoors. The more diligent you are with sun protection, the less you may have to worry about seeing a sun mustache. However, if you notice a sun mustache, don’t panic! From using topical creams to applying makeup, there are several things that you can do to help treat as well as conceal the Melasma, and your dermatologist can get you through the process.