The cause of lip pimples is clogging of the skin pores that are associated with sebaceous glands. Due to blockage of the skin pores, the oil secreted by the gland gets accumulated beneath the obstruction. Over time, these clogged follicles are infected by bacteria, resulting in inflammation of the area. Apart from this, factors like heredity, food habit, exposure to pollutants, stress, and use of poor quality face/lip care products are responsible for triggering the outbreak of pimples.
Even if it is very tempting to squeeze or pop these annoying lip pimples, avoid touching the affected lip as far as possible. Squeezing may cause spreading of the bacteria to other parts, resulting in more pimples. You can refer to the following tips in order to get rid of a pimple on the lip effectively:
Constantly touching and tampering with the pimples may irritate the area, and cause scar formation. In addition, touching the affected skin increases the chances of the bacteria spreading to other skin areas.
Use a mild cleanser to clean the pimple-affected areas on the lips. Do it gently with a clean washcloth, so that the cleanser does not get into the mouth, and you are not irritating the inflamed area. In case of oily skin, use a cleansing soap that contains glycerin.
While cleaning your face, you can use good-quality astringents and milder varieties of benzoyl peroxide or salicylic acid. These can help get rid of the bacteria and fungus. Natural astringents like witch hazel (without alcohol), tomato, and green tea (which is rich in antioxidants) work great for pimples.
As pimples are manifested due to blockage of the pores by dirt and skin debris, regular skin exfoliation (2-3 times a week) will help in preventing the development of painful pimples on lips and other facial areas. Ensure that you use a good quality exfoliation product that are specifically formulated for acne prone skin.
In case of very painful lip pimples, apply ice cubes over the affected lips. This will help numb the area and reduce the pain. Another effective remedy to cure lip pimples is applying a paste, prepared by mixing crushed aspirin with water. After applying this paste, allow it to stand for 5-7 minutes, and wash with cold water.
Do not use any type of lip care products like lip gloss or lipstick that contain chemical formulations, when you have pimples on lips. Using such products may aggravate blockage of the pores, and lengthen the healing time of the lip pimples.