Pimples occur when a hair follicle is plugged by oil that occurs naturally in your skin or dead skin cells. When the follicle is plugged, it will bulge and a small 'cap' or whitehead can develop. If the plug is open to the surface, a blackhead can form.
Pimples can develop anywhere on the skin, but most commonly occur on the face. From time to time, a pimple may form on your lip. And because the skin in the lip area is sensitive, it can be more painful than a pimple on the cheek or forehead.
Proper hygiene can reduce the size and length of a pimple. It can also reduce the odds of more breakouts on your face and lips.
Using your fingertips, wet your face with lukewarm -- not hot -- water. Don't use a washcloth or sponge as the built up bacteria and rough surface can irritate your face and cause redness or a rash.
Clean your face (including the area of the pimple) with a quarter-sized amount of facial cleanser. Be careful to not scrub too hard as that can also irritates the skin.
Rinse your face, again using lukewarm water and your hands. Then pat dry with a clean, soft towel.
It can be tempting to want to skip using moisturizer in order to dry out a pimple. But drying out your skin, including the area around a pimple can actually ramp up production of follicle-clogging oils that triggers more pimples.
Instead, apply a light-weight moisturizer on your face (avoiding the delicate area around your eyes).
Wash your face no more than twice a day; once in the morning and again before going to bed. Yo should also wash your face after perspiring heavily like after a workout or a day at the beach.