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How to Remove Nicotine Stains From Lips

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author image M.H. Dyer
M.H. Dyer began her writing career as a staff writer at a community newspaper and is now a full-time commercial writer. She writes about a variety of topics, with a focus on sustainable, pesticide- and herbicide-free gardening. She is an Oregon State University Master Gardener and Master Naturalist and holds a Master of Fine Arts in creative nonfiction writing.
How to Remove Nicotine Stains From Lips
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Cigarette smoking takes a toll on the body, accelerating the aging process by causing early wrinkles and discoloring the teeth, hair and skin. Nicotine also breaks down collagen and causes unsightly brown stains on the lips, resulting in a kisser that is anything but kissable. Quitting smoking is the only way to return nicotine-stained lips to their normal appearance. However, you can minimize the brown stains and improve the appearance of your lips until you are ready to break the habit for good.

Step 1

How to Remove Nicotine Stains From Lips
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Exfoliate your lips with a mild scrub once every week. Although you can use a commercial scrub, you can make a scrub at home by mixing brown or white sugar, almond oil and honey.

Step 2

How to Remove Nicotine Stains From Lips
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Apply a lip balm or lipstick containing sunscreen every time you go outdoors. Look for products with an SPF factor of at least 15. Use fresh, high-quality lipstick, and discard old, outdated products.

Step 3

How to Remove Nicotine Stains From Lips
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Smooth a moisturizer such as petroleum jelly, vitamin E oil or lip balm on your lips every night.

Step 4

How to Remove Nicotine Stains From Lips
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Make a paste of lemon or lime juice, honey, and plain, full-fat yogurt. Smooth the paste on your lips and leave it for 30 minutes, then rinse. Apply as needed to soften and lighten the lips.

Step 5

How to Remove Nicotine Stains From Lips
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Drink at least eight glasses of water daily to keep your lips hydrated.

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