How to Get Rid of a Female Mustache or Upper Lip Shadow - 5 methods

How to Get Rid of a Female Mustache or Upper Lip Shadow - 5 methods

Are you experiencing upper lip discoloration on your mustache skin? Many women have a dark shadow on their upper lip, otherwise known as a mustache shadow. This skin blemish may appear temporarily or as a constant feature. Sun, hormonal changes or pregnancy can all cause the appearance of a mustache shadow above a woman’s lip. Luckily there are different methods to help get rid of this female mustache blemish.

Here oneHOWTO we'll be discussing how to get rid of a female mustache and/or how to lighten upper lip shadow. Therefore, if you have an upper lip shadow which you want to get rid of, this article is for you! Keep reading and discover how to lighten your upper lip with these effective tips.

Dark skin on upper lip: looks like mustache

So, what causes this upper lip shadow? Melasma is the main reason that women experience upper lip shadows. Melasma is caused by many different factors, including a sensitivity of this part of the face. If you pluck or wax your upper lip regularly, this skin area can become even more sensitive. Mustache shadows are one of the most difficult skin blemishes to remove and, in addition, tend to be recurring. Luckily, however, there are professional treatments and home remedies to remove upper lip shadows fast.

To prevent mustache shadows, many people recommended applying sunscreen daily, preferable with an SPF of 50. We recommend applying it a half an hour before being exposed to sunlight, both in summer and as well as during winter. For more detailed information, take a look at our article on how to protect your skin from the Sun.

How to Get Rid of a Female Mustache or Upper Lip Shadow - 5 methods - Dark skin on upper lip: looks like mustache

Upper lip shadow: causes

The causes of mustache shadows are often a result of bad habits. Possible other reasons for female mustaches, include; overexposure to the sun or routines that change and/or affect your body’s hormonal balance.

Take a look at the most common causes of a dark shadows on the upper lip:

  • Plucking or waxing, without applying sunscreen. After waxing or plucking your upper lip area, the area becomes extremely sensitive. Therefore, it is more susceptible to blemishes. After waxing or plucking your upper lip area, we recommend using SPF 50 on this area to protect your skin.
  • Oral contraceptives side effects; oral contraceptives may also may be cause your skin to become more sensitive to sunlight. For more, take a look at; Side Effects Of Contraceptive Pills.
  • Hormonal disorders produced during puberty can result in an upper lip mustache for women. Pregnancy or menopause can also produce skin blemishes in women.
  • Using tanning and cosmetic creams containing tar derivatives can also be a cause of mustache shadows on your upper lip.

Keep reading and discover our dark skin on upper lip home remedies.

How to Get Rid of a Female Mustache or Upper Lip Shadow - 5 methods - Upper lip shadow: causes

How to lighten upper lip hair with lemon

If you'd like to learn how to remove mustache shadows, we recommend opting for lemon which is a very effective natural lightening remedy! To lighten your upper lip skin and work to remove facial blemishes, follow these steps:


  • 1 lemon
  • 1/2 glass water
  • Moisturizer


  1. Dilute a lemon in half a glass of water and apply every night on the upper lip.
  2. Leave it on while you sleep and the next morning.
  3. Wash your face well with water and then apply your regular moisturizer.

To get rid of mustache shadows, it's essential to be consistent and do this routine every night.

How to Get Rid of a Female Mustache or Upper Lip Shadow - 5 methods - How to lighten upper lip hair with lemon

Remove upper lip shadow with intense pulsed light (IPL) therapy

If you want to remove mustache shadows, you can go to your regular cosmetic healthcare clinic and try an IPL treatment (Intense Pulsed Light). It's one of the most effective methods for getting rid of skin blemishes and destroys melanin without damaging the skin. This method is painless and doesn't cause any side effects.

Melanin is the natural pigment in ski, it is also a hormone that can cause the appearance of spots. If you eliminate this hormone from your skin, it will lighten the upper lip blemish until it disappears.

How to Get Rid of a Female Mustache or Upper Lip Shadow - 5 methods - Remove upper lip shadow with intense pulsed light (IPL) therapy

How to get rid of upper lip shadow with hydrogen peroxide

Another method for how to get rid of dark skin above upper lip, is by making your own homemade mask. This time, we suggest using use hydrogen peroxide, which is known to help remove mustache shadows.


  • 10 g milk powder (0.35oz)
  • 20 drops of hydrogen peroxide
  • 2 drops of glycerin


  1. To prepare the mask, mix all of the ingredients in a bowl until a paste forms
  2. When it's ready, apply it to your mustache with a cotton swab.
  3. Leave the mask on for 5 minutes and then rinse with plenty of water.

If you repeat this treatment every day, you'll succeed in lightening the skin blemish on your upper lip.

Remove female mustache shadows with Amelan

Amelan is a dermatological treatment that causes the skin to flake, producing skin regeneration.

This is a treatment that is only prescribed by a specialist. Amelan consists of applying an Amelan mask to the mustache and leaving it on your upper lip skin for 30 minutes. This treatment must be repeated for at least 6 sessions to depigment mustache shadows and produce good results.

How to Get Rid of a Female Mustache or Upper Lip Shadow - 5 methods - Remove female mustache shadows with Amelan

How to lighten upper lip shadow with homemade mask

If you have sensitive skin and you want to use a homemade mask to get rid of mustache shadows, follow this cucumber mask recipe.


  • 3 slices of cucumber
  • 5 ml of apple cider vinegar
  • 5 ml of rose water


  1. To make this home remedy for blemishes, crush the cucumber slices until you have a paste.
  2. Put it in a colander and squeeze out all of the juice of the crushed cucumber.
  3. Add 5 ml of apple cider vinegar and 5 ml of rose water.
  4. Mix all of the ingredients together.
  5. To apply the mask, use a cotton swab and put the paste over your mustache, letting the skin absorb the mask overnight.
  6. The next morning, wash it well with water and apply sunscreen.

Repeat this every night for a period of two weeks. You'll soon see how your mustache shadow becoming lighter.

How to Get Rid of a Female Mustache or Upper Lip Shadow - 5 methods - How to lighten upper lip shadow with homemade mask

Dark upper lip skin discoloration: prevention

If you are in a hurry and want to get rid of a mustaches shadow immediately, take a look at: how to cover upper lip shadows with makeup.

We also suggest exfoliating this area once a week in order to avoid this blemish from appearing again. Also, find out how to get rid of a female mustache without leaving an upper lip shadow. To help you avoid upper lip shadows, take a look at;

How to Get Rid of a Female Mustache or Upper Lip Shadow - 5 methods - Dark upper lip skin discoloration: prevention

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When using the lemon method. Do we squeeze the lemon juice into the water? or is it cutting a lemon slice and place into water and then leaving on your face all night?
That part I am not sure about? Thank you
OneHowTo Editor

If you use lemon juice directly, it can have a stronger effect, but you also have to be careful as it will upset the pH balance of your skin.
Jayme Silvestri
Really nice job and great your article post i like your article nice information i never apply eye liner properly but i follow your eyeliner tutorial i apply proper thanks for sharing.

Jayme Silvestri
When using one of these methods how long will it take to lighten. Weeks? Months?
What would be an alternative for the lemon?
OneHowTo Editor
Lime could also work!
I just wana make sure that how much time it will take (the lemon method) to fade away the green shadow? In general? And if one undergoes through IPL method, can she still use the lemon method?
OneHowTo Editor
Hi Komal,

Generally, using lemon the skin can be effective, but if the hair is very dark, it is unlikely to lighten it completely. With the IPL method, lemon shouldn't cause any damage when used together, just always be careful not to leave it on too long and stop if you see any adverse reaction with your skin. Those with sensitive skin or allergies may experience such an adverse reaction.
hi im 15 is it okay if I use the lemon method or will it affect my skin badly
OneHowTo Editor
Hi Amy,

It will depend on how sensitive is your skin, but it is also a relatively safe method. During one's teenage years, hormones will play an even more important role than usual, so just be aware that this can affect your skin health.
For the lemon method, do I leave it on for a whole night and rinse in the morning? Also can this same method be used for pre-teens?
OneHowTo Editor
Hi Anel
For the lemon method we recommend leaving it on all night and rinsing it in the morning. Generally, we never recommend using such beauty methods on preteens as they are still developing and have more sensitive skin.
Why the glycerin in the peroxide recipe? Can I use without?
OneHowTo Editor
Hi Ann

Glycerin is very good for the face as a moisturizer to help protect the skin. The glycerin in this recipe will make sure that your skin is protected from the strength of the peroxide therefore we suggest adding it to the recipe.

for anymore question please feel free to ask here at OneHOWTO.
home remedies for upper lip dark spot
Hi, thanks for this tips. For the lemon method, can you recommend a moisturizer in particular?
OneHowTo Editor
Hi there,
Any moisturizer that is not oil based will work great!
Hey, by any chance whats the name of the women in the first pic. Beauty hair smell.
Instead of using lemon, can I use lime?
OneHowTo Editor
Lemon is more acidic than lime, therefore, if won't be as effective.
Hope this helps
Binky Melnik
Both have a pH of ~2.2, so theres no reason not to, save for the fact that putting citrus juices on your skin isn't a good idea. (See elsewhere in the comments.)
What if i dont have rose water for the apple cider vinger method?
OneHowTo Editor
You can try any of the other methods if you're missing an ingredient.
Hope this helps
Is it okay if i dont use the rose water in the apple cider mask? I dont have aany rose water
Such a great tips. Thanks for sharing it.
i used brite with momate cream combination for 4 days, my upper lip issue was solved.
What is momate cream?
Ranjeet kaur Kaur
Can u tell me dear about this cream I have this problem from many years ago used everything..😒
How could I get my mustache shadow removed from my upper lip. I tried lemmon juice and removing it with Nair. The shadow never seems to disappear. Help Please.
i want to whiten glowing clear skin at home
Hi can i use these if above my lips it green?
OneHowTo Editor
Yes, these products will lighten and unify your skin's color.
Hope they help
The upper lip skin are so black,but there is no to reduce the darkness..please advise
OneHowTo Editor
Lemon is good to clear dark patches on skin, follow the indications on this article to find out how to use it to get rid of your upper lip shadow
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