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Pale Skin Around the Lips: Symptoms and Causes

Pale white skin around the lips can be caused from an iron deficiency anemia, a skin pigment condition known as vitiligo, or a circulation issue called vasovagal syncope. Read now for more information on causes for pale discoloration around the mouth and how to find treatment.

3 causes of pale skin around the lips

This list does not constitute medical advice and may not accurately represent what you have.

Iron deficiency anemia

Iron deficiency anemia is a condition in which the body does not have enough iron to form hemoglobin, the protein in red blood cells that carries oxygen throughout the body.

The condition can be caused by acute blood loss through injury, surgery, or childbirth;chronic b..


Vitiligo is a condition where white patches develop on the skin, which is due to a loss of color (pigment) from affected areas. There are usually no other symptoms apart from the strange appearance.

Rarity: Uncommon

Top Symptoms: loss of skin color around the lips, skin changes resembling vitiligo, loss of skin color on the arm or hand, loss of skin color on the neck

Urgency: Self-treatment

Vasovagal syncope

Vasovagal syncope is sudden fainting caused by a sudden drop in heart rate and blood pressure when your body overreacts to certain emotional or neurologic triggers. A loss of consciousness occurs due to reduced blood flow to the brain.

Those with vasovagal syncope will also experienc..

So... which condition is actually causing your pale skin around the lips?

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Pale skin around the lips symptom checker statistics

People who have experienced pale skin around the lips have also experienced:

  • 11% Fatigue
  • 7% Pale Skin
  • 6% Nausea

People who have experienced pale skin around the lips were most often matched with:

  • 50% Iron Deficiency Anemia
  • 33% Vasovagal Syncope
  • 16% Vitiligo

Source: Aggregated and anonymized results from Buoy Assistant.

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