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A 38-year-old female asked:

can you have pores on your lips? it seems like i do, my lips are going away leaving me with little white spots on them i notice this when i was around 20, now 39 it worse.

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Dr. Joy Jackson
Family Medicine 19 years experience
You : You may be suffering from a type of skin condition called vitiligo. Other autoimmune dosorders can cause this and need to be ruled out as well i.e. Lupus). I recommend you visit your primary care provider or directly visit a dermatologist for an evaluation. In the meantime use a lip protector with sun screen in it. Best of luck.
Dr. Heidi Fowler
Psychiatry 25 years experience
Edge of lips: Fordyce spots are enlarged oil glands & a completely normal part of anatomy. They are bumps found on edge of lips & inside cheek (whitish/yellow). However you would need eval to determine what this is.

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A 45-year-old member asked:

My lips sometimes take a pale or bluish color. Is this normal?

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Dr. Andrew Turrisi
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Pallor (pale): Can be a reaction to cold and vasoconstriction to keep warm, or pallor can indicate anemia. Blue lips, cyanosis, can indicate lack of oxygenation, a sign of pulmoanry or heart problems. However, check with your doctor to figure this out rather than looking in the mirror.

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