How to Get Rid of Pimples on Lips


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.

Pimple can develop on the lips
Pimple can develop on the lips (Image: Artem_Furman/iStock/Getty Images)

Cleaning up your lip

Step 1

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.

Use lukewarm water
Use lukewarm water (Image: bbbrrn/iStock/Getty Images)

Step 2

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.

Apply cleanser
Apply cleanser (Image: Image Source/Digital Vision/Getty Images)

Step 3

Rinse your face, again using lukewarm water and your hands. Then pat dry with a clean, soft towel.

Rinse your face
Rinse your face (Image: Purestock/Purestock/Getty Images)

Step 4

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).

Apply facial moisturizer
Apply facial moisturizer (Image: Carol_Anne/iStock/Getty Images)

Step 5

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.

Wash your face twice a day
Wash your face twice a day (Image: Ingram Publishing/Ingram Publishing/Getty Images)

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