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how to get rid of lip pimples

Wherever a pimple spawns, our immediate thought is, “How can I get rid of it?” And this time, we’re asking how to get rid of lip pimples.

And the more you know about pimples, the less you’ll be worried when one or two (or more) pays you a surprise visit.

So, let’s find out what the deal is with lip pimples—causes, prevention, and how to get rid of them.

Are They Lip Pimples Or Something Else?

Before we get into it, how can you be sure what you have are lip pimples? 

Lip pimples are straightforward enough. They are pimples that form around the mouth, on the lip line.

And just to be clear, you can’t have pimples on the lips.

That’s because the actual lips—or the vermillion zone to be exact—don’t have sebaceous glands and hair follicles [1]. 

But lip pimples can look awfully similar to cold sores. 

While lip pimples are simply pimples, cold sores are blisters caused by the herpes simplex virus (HSV) [2]. These blisters are contagious until they scab over.

Similar to lip pimples, cold sores also form around the mouth, on the lip line. Fortunately for us, that’s about their only similarity.

How to get rid of lip pimples

If you look at the photos above, you’ll see how different they are.

Cold sores are irregularly round, red, fluid-filled blisters. Lip pimples can appear as red bumps with or without the yellowish-white liquid (pus) inside.

What Causes Lip Pimples?

How to get rid of lip pimples

Lip pimples form just like pimples anywhere else on your face. 

Pores around our mouth can get clogged just like the pores on the rest of our face.

Once pores become clogged, acne bacteria can multiply inside the pore and form your pimples.

And the common causes of acne breakouts, like hormonal changes and stress, can also cause the pimples on your lip line.

Apart from those causes, removing hair around your mouth can cause pimple-like blemishes too.

Folliculitis is a common skin infection that develops in the pores [3].

Shaving, plucking, or waxing hair can cause skin infection, resulting in pimple-like blemishes around your mouth.

How Can You Prevent Lip Pimples?

How to get rid of lip pimples

For lip pimples specifically, there are a couple of things you can do to prevent them.

Take care not to let grease and oil from food linger around your mouth.

Eating oily and greasy foods aren’t the acne-making machine they were thought to be. “Stay away from greasy food! They’ll give you acne” is closer to myth than fact

What you do need to stay away from is letting grease and oil linger on your skin. Especially for clog-prone skin, grease and oil can contribute to clogging your pores.

So, you’ll want to keep your mouth area clean of grease and oil to help prevent lip pimples.

Be watchful of the lip products you are using.

Products like lipsticks, lip glosses, and lip masks touch your lip line and can migrate beyond your mouth area.

Though they can enhance your beauty and nourish your lips, they could also possibly clog your pores.

In a similar vein, don’t forget to remove lipstick before going to bed. So, if you start getting lip pimples, think whether you started using a new lip product recently.

Putting lip products into the equation can help future lip pimples from stopping by.

How To Get Rid Of Lip Pimples?

How to get rid of lip pimples

Apart from what you should be doing for your entire face, like washing your face twice a day, here are some things you can do to get rid of lip pimples.

Spot treat with an acne treatment like benzoyl peroxide.

Using acne treatment to spot treat lip pimples can help eventually get rid of them.

Acne treatment products usually have ingredients, like benzoyl peroxide and salicylic acid, that fight acne bacteria and soothe inflammation [4].

Exfoliate gently using lip scrubs.

It might sound weird to see gentle and scrubs in the same sentence. Especially if you’ve read my post about exfoliation. I’d usually suggest using chemical exfoliants instead. 

But chemical exfoliators usually shouldn’t go anywhere near your lips.

The corner of your lips, the upper mouth area, and the fold beneath your lips are all prone to drying out and becoming irritated by chemical exfoliants.

So, using scrubs to extra gently exfoliate around your lips can suffice and help keep pore-clogging to a minimum.

Lastly, please don’t pop it.

Pimple popping anywhere on your face is bad news.

Popping pimples can worsen inflammation and make it harder for your pimples to heal. It can also deepen the damage and leave you with marks and scars.


I hope this helps you take care of those pesky lip pimples. So, you can go out there and confidently show off your pretty smile!

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