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Lip Pimples

Updated on February 18, 2010
Tips for staying lip pimple free.
Tips for staying lip pimple free.

Lip Pimples - Picture Day Nightmare

There's nothing like waking up picture day morning to find that you have one or more lip pimples. Lip pimples are among the more annoying variations of acne. People are tempted to squeeze, touch, or otherwise tamper with these zits, often causing them to linger for longer time periods or worsen. More often than not, lip pimples are the result of pure negligence on behalf of their beholder. Fortunately, they can be prevented with a few behavioral modifications. We will outline some of these modifications below.

Constant Touching

Probably one of the worst offenders when it comes to a pimple on lip is constant touching of the lips. You have to realize that your hands are full of bacteria and germs. When you touch your lips, you inadvertently spread this bacteria. Although some experience no negative effects from continually tampering with their lips, others do. Wiping your lip three or fewer times a day to remove food residue or sweat does not constitute excessive touching. Those of you that touch your lips out of habit for no apparent reason are the ones that should worry. You know who you are, so its best to start kicking the habit.

If you find it difficult to refrain from touching, simply consider the unsighly acne that may result. This should be an ample deterrent in getting your behavior straightened out. Remember that you can also contract other illnesses such as the flu from excessive touching habits. So you're not only doing it for the sake of acne prevention.

Popping Lip Pimples

it is a safe to say that nearly 99% of people who get lip pimples proceed to pop them. It can be hard to resist when you see that inflamed whitehead smack dab in the center of your lip. Although you may get some instant, temporary relief, the lip pimple will come back to haunt you, guaranteed. Acne lesions contain p. acnes bacteria within. This bacteria is what gives your standard pimple the characteristic white dot at the center. Your white blood cells attack the bacteria within giving a white tint to the pus.

When you decide you can no longer take the sight of a pimple on lip and pop it, you disburse the bacteria in the vicinity immediately surrounding the pimple. This can easily trigger new breakouts. Further, by squeezing the lesion which has already irritated the skin, you are creating in further irritation. Irritation and acne breakouts are good friends. So, the next time you see a lip pimple getting ready to protrude, leave it alone. You body is handling the situation, and the last thing you want to do is worsen the pimple, cause new lesions, or worst of all create acne scarring. Acne scars are to some extent irreversible, so act wisely.

How Not to Deal With a Lip Pimple

Toothpaste Anyone?

Lip pimples may surface because of the ingredients found in your toothpaste. Toothpaste tends to be the more dangerous among household products in terms of causing acne. It has not one, but multiple menacing ingredients. One which has not been covered very extensively elsewhere is known as sodium lauryl sulfate. This is a strong detergent use in cleaning products such as soap and shampoo. In the case of toothpaste, it acts as foaming agent, creating suds when it makes contact with water and is agitated. Although on the surface SLS appears to be a safe and human-friendly chemical, it's looks are very deceiving.

Conclusive evidence has shown that SLS is an eye and skin irritant. In the case of the former, it has been linked to eye developmental disorders. On a broader level, there may also be a neurological impact from SLS use. Skin irritation has been reported in animals exposed to this chemical. This irritation is a huge risk factor for acne. On a final note, SLS has also been named a culprit in hair loss. Regardless, evidence has consistently proven that it is not something beneficial for the human body.

Most of you have heard of fluoride, probably from your dentist. Fluoride is used in toothpastes, dental offices, and the public water supply to help strengthen tooth enamel, Enamel is what protects the teeth against caries. While beneficial to the teeth, this substance is a skin irritant. In addition to aggravating acne, fluoride is known to cause a condition known as perioral dermatits. Acne-like lesions form around the mouth, including the lip area. This are responsive to traditional antibiotic treatments prescribed for acne sufferers, but is most often cured through the use of a non-fluoridated toothpaste. This may be a questionable leap for some of you, so make sure you talk to your doctor.


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      Shark City 3 years ago

      I don't know what it is yet, it started on Monday with one pimple on my lip line then I poped it and a few hours later another one popped up next to it then the next they I messed with it "bad idea" and more popped up next to the other and it's wednesday today and my birthday is coming up on Saturday, shits weak!! I hope it goes away soon, anyone els had the same problem with more popping out next to each other? It's on the left side of my bottom lip it starts on the lip line and goes away from the lips

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      Mark 5 years ago

      Hi everyone! I know my story is going to sound far fetched, but bear with me. I suffer from somewhat constant and ocasionally severe akne. The main problem is painful zits around my mouth. I also started noticin hair loss about a year ago wich was clinically proven to so-called natural in nature. I was prescribed a DHT blocker and started regrowing my hair as a result. About a week ago I simultanously ended a short course of antibiotics often prescribed for acute acne and also ran out of my organic face wash. My skin was in perfect condition as I resorted to my spare tube of Nivea sensitive cleansing gel. During the last week my acne has returned and kept getting worse by the day. It's 1AM now and I just had to get up with the pain surrounding my mouth. After looking in the mirror I have just discovered that I have started relose the hair on my forehead. how does all this come together? Well here's a tip: Check out the ingredients for Nivea cleansing gel, in this case. A huge thanks to Mr. skinclear!

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      dezenutz 5 years ago


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      xavier moore 6 years ago

      i have one one my lip and when its burst it runs blood

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      Mek0 6 years ago

      well owk not herpes, im a virgin but I did start getting these pimples below my lower lip in the corner hey after making out with a guy. So... thank you but the pimples are in a circle. Tiny yes but really irratating.

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      Jackiee 6 years ago

      Oh My Ahaa This Bumps Suckk A** iHavee Bigg Lips And You Can See them Its kinda embarrasing but im Gladd there not Herps Yaay . :D But iWant to know if there is a type of Treatment that i can usee ! i Noticed that i Seem to get them When im Getting close to Getting my period

      HELPPP ! ...

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      lloyd 6 years ago

      i need need i pop mines how long tell it heals?

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      Hillary 6 years ago

      How long do lip pimples usually last? Mine is just small and ably a bit red, you can barely see it because I have very red lips , I'm not to freaked out but I wanted to know how long before it goes away?! Answers ASAP plz!

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      Worried As F 6 years ago

      I noticed one growing like 2 days ago but didn't think anything if it. Then yesterday, I got back from an evening class and it was 2 times larger than on Sunday! So today, I took care of it. :) I used a steryl needle and tissue paper. I iced it for about 5 mins before the "procedure". After it popped I swabbed it with some alcohol pads to clean it up. After everything cleared up I iced it for another 5 mins and let it stay like that until now (lying in bed waiting to doze off). I swabbed it with alcohol again and didn't moisturize the area. Luckily I have a lotion that takes care of scarring.

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      worried sick 6 years ago

      Thanks guys I was soil worried. I only have 1 pimple that I popped and put peroxide and alcoholon. The other forums had me thinking I had herpes. I was on my way to kill my gf. Just kidding lol

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      ugbede 6 years ago

      i'm so grateful. You just gave me the solution to a long lasting problem.

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      Victor 6 years ago

      Hello all, I'd like to also bring attention to colloidal silver as an acne remedy. I use self-manufactured colloidal silver (40 PPM) topically on my face and shoulders, and take about a tablespoon orally spread out over the course of the day. This has GREATLY diminished my number and severity of breakouts. It kills the bacteria that causes and sustains acne lesions in seconds, and it is the most gentle product I have used, consisting only of charged silver particles suspended in distilled water. Silver has seen over a millenium of use as a germ-fighter. Wonderful colloidal silver is an anti-bacterial/anti-pathogen/anti-microbial/anti-fungal agent with NO side effects. Mainstream Media and the Pharmaceutical Industry have taken up arms against colloidal silver not because it it unsafe (*see fake Argyria claims and parading of "blue man" on the Oprah Winfrey Show and the like,) but because it represents the largest threat to their multi-trillion dollar antibiotics market. After all, how could they compete with a gentle, safe alternative that can be self-produced for a tiny fraction of the cost? And the best part is that viruses DO NOT build resistances to colloidal silver like they do to antibiotics (which may end up being useless to us when they are needed most.)

      Back to acne: How does colloidal silver fit into your acne fighting routine? Directly after washing your face, use a cotton ball to dab some CS on your face. Done a few times daily or as needed. SIMPLE.

      Anyone who has struggled with acne can tell you that it seems like the acne-fighting industry pumps out loads of products that are hardly effective and can even worsen this skin condition. Why continue to buy into it? Forge a new path of conscious, healthy choices starting with colloidal silver, your skin will thank you.

      P.S. Right now I have a pimple right on/above my upper lip. Very embarrassing, looks like a herpes cold sore to the uninformed eyes (but who even wants to try to convince those around them "It's just a 'Limple', I swear!) I personally feel exposed and dirty, I don't want anyone to see me like this, like my girlfriend's family did last night, YIKES! Should have never popped it, had I not, it would just be a memory by now. So where is the good news? Colloidal silver is here to rescue me! Dabbed it on pretty consistently today and it is doing it's thing. Limple is nearly cleared up, redness diminished. Silver is the real deal people.

      Good luck,


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      Bday 2011 6 years ago

      omg i dont know what to do

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      Eddie 7 years ago

      I have commented on this before. I have been exercising a lot since summer has been right around the corner, sleeping better and eating a bit better as well. Stay away from greasy food and stress with a mixture of poor sleep and you can guarantee you will get them. There is nothing you can do to fight them if you live a stressful life and get poor sleep. I also have had them for a while but have been free of one for almost 3 months since I last posted. I also wanted to share with you that if you get one do not pop it. I have learned to wait as long as can. Before I have to come in contact with human eyes. It's embarrassing but washing your face with warm water over the limple and just not stopping until it breaks the skin of the pimple head. Gently push the devil stuff out and keep it clean. Best of luck. Ive spent a lot of money on products and nothing can prevent them. I don't care what the box says.

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      george 7 years ago

      i currently have one right now and i was scared shitless it was herpes and i was getting paranoid , but i popped the pimple and puss came out but it kinda got swollen cause i kept touching it but i still thought it was herpes , so when i went to school the next day my school nurse said it was herpes so then that's when i was really freaking out but my mom put something on it and its going away faster than i thought thank god!

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      Allison 7 years ago

      I always wait until my pimples are all white and then I break the skin with a pair of sanitized tweezers. I squeeze everything out and then I put tea tree oil on the area (using a cotton swab). Tea tree oil is a great antiseptic and it always works for me. I just pop the thing and wipe the oil on it then leave it alone for a couple days and it's gone. This works on my lip pimples too.

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      Chris 7 years ago

      Holllyyy crap!! I thought this little pimple was herpes!!

      I was scared out of my mined! XD thank the lord it wasn't

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      jake 7 years ago

      Yeah i used to get these all the time and thought they were cold sores. I find if i squeeze the pores out around my lips about once a week it helps. i tend to get them when i'm stressed. Ive heard these can be related to food allergies, wish i knew more

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      Heather 7 years ago

      ahh i have one right now, ive gotten one in the same spot at least 3 times now.

      instead of touching it i started putting hydrogen peroxide on it at least twice a day and its seemed to have been healing a lot faster then the other times (: .

      AND WHAT THE? Those little girls on their cellphones.. Dang, im 17 when i was there age i didn't have a phone at alllll! Not until i was like 13

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      amanda 7 years ago

      i got one lip pimple on my lower lip and i was like okay whatever. i got home from school and saw another one on the other side of my bottom lip.. i was so scared it was herpes but i was reading and it said they are normall... thank goddd!

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      Ed die 7 years ago

      Okay I've been getting lip pimples for so long. Save your money on stupid cold sore creams and abreva... That stuffs a joke. I notice that the limples come when my lips are chapped. Make sure Ur don't touch your lips a lot. Use petroleum jelly or Vaseline and try to get slot of sleep. If my sleep pattern gets messed up or I encounter a lot of stress I can expect a limple to come. If you do get one do not pop with Ur hands !!!!!!! I repeat!!! Use a cotton ball and alcohol and go back and forth until I break the pimple skin.. Push the puss out gently and reapply the alcohol swab. This will heal the limple. This is the one thing I hate about life... Is limples . They look like herpes but they aren't .

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      anonymous  7 years ago

      I apply salicylic acid 6% cream in a little dot every few hours and they go away. Don't pop them.

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      this is great! all these crazy people said it was herpes! but it is a normal pimple exactly like all others

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      Stephhh.xx 8 years ago

      Lol My mom thought it was herpes... But I was like no way! I mean I share drinks, but that couldn't be it right? I've gotten it before, and in my nose too! But I popped this one and it didn't have any white stuff just puss it was nasty.

      Then I guess I irritated it by scratching it and it spread a little. Then I popped an actual blackhead right next to it... This sucksss lol.

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      Anonomys shiz 8 years ago

      ZOMFG was freakin me the fk out i was worried i had herpes too heh fee better about it now

      I woud aso wanna kno how ong it takes????

      my keyboard is screwed that's why theres no punctuation and etters missing hehe

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      Rupert Sapps 8 years ago

      i aggree with Jack Moff...i went to get my pimple on my lip checked out cause i thought it was herpes lol. THANK GOD IT WASN'T!!! (yo that video goes hard tho, haha those girls are stupid hahahaha XD) i never pop mines. i just let it die out and i put medicine on these pipmles and it takes a while.

      how long do thees pimples on the lip last??? cause some people mite think i have herpes and that's not good :(

      what should i do???

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      Jack Moff 8 years ago

      this is some good shiiiiiit

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      chigoiyke 8 years ago

      I develop this lip pimples sometimes but I pop it off immediately I see it and am good. It never resurfaces. Maybe it depends on skin tone or whatever but you have a nice material here though. Good job

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      izahan 8 years ago from Malaysia

      There are a few tips to prevent pimple on lip and keep it under control:

      1. As with acne treatment anywhere on your face, pimples on lip can also be prevented by adopting a routine cleansing process.

      2. Avoid touching your face as often as possible because will be spreading germs around your face

      3. If the lip pimples are really painful and swollen, try applying a little ice on it every 30 minutes. This will help in reducing the swelling.

      4. Avoid wearing any lip gloss or lipstick till the lip pimples is gone because it will only clog the pores and worsen the condition.

      5. Avoid smoking and keep away from caffeine products and beverages.

      6. Topical antibiotics can be applied to the affected areas of the lip to fight pimples.

      Get more tips about pimples here, Get Rid of Pimple


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