Question: Question from Khanya Gundwana

Hello Dr Allem! My bottom lip is weirdly pigmented. It is not evenly toned - some spots are really dark, a large part of it is really pink, and then some part are the normal tone. What could be the cause of this? And what is the solution to having evenly toned lips? Thanks!


Thank you for your question, Khanya. Unfortunately this is a common occurrence with dark skins. It is just the nature of the dark skin types as the lips are so vascular and the skin on the lips is different to that on the rest of our face. It’s quite tricky to treat, but to be honest, the most successful treatments, believe it or not, are having permanent make-up done on the entire lip area to get the lips to be 1 colour. Permanent make-up has evolved amazingly with new pigments and new techniques and I’ve seen lips look beautifully matched with natural colours and you would never say that the mouth has been tattooed! At our clinics we have got Permanent Make-up professionals who come to our clinics and offer services such as these to our patients. If you would like us to connect you with one of these amazing artists, you can contact your nearest branch and we will put you in touch with one of the permanent make-up artists. You can find your nearest branch on

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