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Black Spot on Lips? What’s That About Then?

Updated on August 30, 2018
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With a keen interest in British politics this writer is never afraid to share her opinion

Happy and Healthy

My Black Spot

I was out with my husband when he stabbed a finger at my face and said “what’s that black spot on your lip?”

It was the first I had heard of it so an old joke seemed in order.

”It’s a black spot from me old shipmates” I quipped quoting more or less from Treasure Island!

But back home I decided to have a proper look and try to wipe it off assuming it was some sort of dirty mark but rather than removing it somehow I made it worse.

What had looked like a pinprick dark black spot, a little like a dot made with a black pen, was now less dark but slightly larger.

Was this spot something sinister or not?

As always the Internet proved to be a useful research tool though with some mixed messages.

Same place as my black spot but larger
Same place as my black spot but larger | Source

Exclude Cancer

Any skin changes can be a cause for concern.

Most people worry about cancer if they find a skin lesion or new mole so it is worth having any black spot on your lip checked out.

Nine times out of ten it will be a harmless spot but better safe than sorry is a good way of thinking.

Angiokeratoma of Fordyce

Medical terms often sound scary but in this case I thought Angiokeratoma of Fordyce sounded rather magnificent for a plain old black spot.

The actual spot is Angiokeratoma and Angiokeratoma of Fordyce is often the root cause.

According to Wikipedia:-

Angiokeratoma is a benign cutaneous lesion of capillaries, resulting in small marks of red to blue color and characterized by hyperkeratosis. Angiokeratoma corporis diffusum refers to Fabry's disease, but this is usually considered a distinct condition.

My initial research left me bit baffled. In some cases these black spots can be cancerous but that is rare.

As always the best course of action is consult your local pharmacist or your family doctor.

I asked my pharmacist who dismissed it as nothing.

But even older women like myself like to look their best and black spotted lips is not a good look.

Thankfully mine is just one small spot and since it appeared a couple of years ago it has not enlarged or caused me any problems.

A liberal application of lipstick hides it well.


Once you have identified your black spot or spots and perhaps had a diagnosis keep an eye on it or them.

If the spot has grown in size, changes shape significantly, bleeds, itches, is painful or troubles you consult a medical professional.

Some spots can become sinister over time.

As with skin moles and freckles look out for changes and consult a heath professional if necessary.

Spot the Black Spot

Allergic Reaction?

In some cases an allergic reaction to a product may be the cause of a black spot on your lip.

In this case the answer is simple.

Stop using the product and throw it away.

Identifying the problem may or may not be easy however.

If you have changed lipstick or begun using a different lip balm for example that could be the cause but if you have not changed products check you are not using items that are out of date and past use by dates.

Bear in mind even a product you have bought and used for years may now be problematic.

That could be due to new added ingredients, medication you are taking or just your body changes due to the aging process.

Possible Causes?

  • Smoking
  • Too much time in the sun
  • An allergic reaction
  • A hormone imbalance such as a Thyroid problem
  • Vitamin B12 deficiency
  • Too much iron
  • Using poor quality lip products
  • Not wearing a sunscreen on lips
  • Various medication
  • Dehydration. Try drinking more water and less tea and coffee


I read about the use of beetroot or lemon juice to remove a lip black spot but neither worked for me. Here are some other alleged treatments:-

  • Increase your intake of water. Drink at least eight glasses of water a day but reduce your intake of coffee and tea. Re-hydration may allow the spot or spots to fade over time
  • Use a good quality lip balm that includes a sunscreen
  • Try not to lick or chew your lips unnecessarily
  • Have your doctor check your iron, thyroid and vitamin B12 levels
  • Ask your doctor if you can change your medication
  • Mix lemon juice with honey and apply to the affected area
  • A small amount of almond oil mixed with sugar and massaged into your lip will do the trick according to some reports
  • Applying the paste of one tomato will also work claim some people

If you are applying any the above use cottons balls when applying and make sure your hands are clean.

Advice and Tips For Removing

This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.

© 2018 Ethel Smith


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    • ethel smith profile imageAUTHOR

      Ethel Smith 

      19 months ago from Kingston-Upon-Hull

      Thanks Don. Is sort of scary when you find something like this. Hopefully this hub will alert people

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      Don Shepard 

      19 months ago

      Entertaining way to get useful info out there!

    • ethel smith profile imageAUTHOR

      Ethel Smith 

      19 months ago from Kingston-Upon-Hull

      Thank you Peggy. I agree watch out for any body or skin changes and seek professional medical advice sooner rather than later.

    • Peggy W profile image

      Peggy Woods 

      19 months ago from Houston, Texas

      While I have never noticed black spots on anyone's lips, it is always good to be aware of any skin changes no matter where they might occur and keep an eye on them. Seeking medical evaluation to rule out a serious condition like cancer is also a cautious approach in case treatment is needed. This was an interesting article.

    • ethel smith profile imageAUTHOR

      Ethel Smith 

      19 months ago from Kingston-Upon-Hull

      Thanks Linda. Neither had I till one appeared. Hope this hub will dispel any fears

    • ethel smith profile imageAUTHOR

      Ethel Smith 

      19 months ago from Kingston-Upon-Hull

      Thanks Liz

    • Minnetonka Twin profile image

      Linda Rogers 

      19 months ago from Minnesota

      I have never seen or heard of black spots on the lips. Great & informative article.

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      Liz Westwood 

      19 months ago from UK

      This is a useful and informative article.


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