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Lip scar/discoloration?

Recently, there was a cut directly in the middle of my bottom lip from a cold sore. It started healing and I picked at it and peeled off some skin. Now there is a fairly medium sized light pink spot around the area of the cut. When I smile, it stands out since my lips a darker than the light spot. The spot is firmer and more rough than the rest of my lip. I think it is a scar, is it? Any way to get rid of it? If it isn't a scar, how long will it take to go away?

Thanks in advance,

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The exact time frame cannot be predicted but it would heal in time. This could be a part of Cheilitis, which is a medical condition involving inflammation of the lip. Or a bad case of Chapped lips , a condition whereby the lips become dry and possibly cracked. It may be caused by the evaporation of moisture.

Lip balm can often provide temporary relief, though it should not be used extensively.  One should avoid licking their lips as saliva contains the enzyme amylase, which can damage the already compromised lip tissue.
Honey can be used on the lips as a natural remedy.

Cheilitis is associated with many conditions from Vitamin B12 deficiency, iron deficiency anemia, be a symptom of allergies.can also be caused by taking the (retinoid) drug Isotretinoin (brand name Roaccutane).

Applying protective paraffin-based ointment (such as Vaseline) or lip balms to the lips is normally very effective. Also take Vitamin B supplements.

Some causes of the symptoms you mention, could be lip biting, lip licking, Vit.B2 deficiency, smoking, overexposure to sun and ill fitting dentures. In extreme cases, this could be due to bacterial or fungal skin infection.

You need to drink plenty of water daily – around 1.5 – 3 litres per day and eat a balanced diet. Do not keep your lips dry; apply lip balm which contains sunscreen – preferably a medicated one.

If the symptoms still persist, consult your skin specialist or dermatologist.

Let us know about how you are doing and if you have any other doubts.

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The scar from a cold sore is exactly what you describe. It goes away in 1-2 weeks. IF it's an especially large or long outbreak, the healing may take a month or more to fully recover the original pigmentation of the skin.

I disagree with BhumikaMD. She has used that cookie cutter answer about cheilitis for 3 different people (w/ varying symptoms) today.
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