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Pimple on lip line

Updated on September 3, 2014

Pimples are bumps that develop due to clogging of the sebaceous glands. Body areas with excessive growth of sebaceous follicles such as the face, back and shoulders are prone to developing pimples. People with oily skin are more vulnerable to developing pimples than others.

Pimples can also occur on the lips. Pimple on lip can be a painful, discomforting and unsightly condition. Moreover, it is quite difficult to hide or cover up a pimple on lip. Hence, most patients try to pop or squeeze such pimples. Doing so can however worsen the skin disorder and increase the healing time-frame.

Pimple on lip can be cured via home remedies and following good personal hygiene. Patients may also visit a dermatologist for faster treatment of pimple on lip.

Pimple on lip vs. cold sores

  • A pimple on lip is a kind of skin inflammation. On the other hand, cold sores on lip are caused due to infection by the Herpes Simplex virus. Cold sores are different from genital herpes and are unlikely to migrate to other areas of the body.
  • The eruption of cold sores on lip is preceded by tingling and itchiness in the affected area. This is not the case with pimple on lip. Cold sores are usually reddish, itchy and patchy. They also have a tendency to ooze, blister and scab.
  • Pimple on lip can be treated with home remedies, while cold sores need medical attention.

Symptoms of pimple on lip

  • Pimple on lip tends to appear as skin lesions in the form of pustules, i.e. inflammation of skin’s upper surface or papules, i.e., inflammation of deeper sections of the skin.
  • Patients may suffer from discomfort, irritation and pain.
  • The unsightly appearance of the pimple may result in lowered self-esteem.
  • Constant popping of pimple on lip can aggravate the condition and result in spread of the bacteria. Recurrent cases of pimple on lip can lead to lip scarring.

Causes of pimple on lip

  • Pimple on lip is caused due to blockage of the sebaceous glands related skin pores located on the lip. Such obstruction can cause the oil released by the sebaceous glands to buildup in the blocked follicles, which over time can get infected by bacteria leading to inflammation of the region and subsequent formation of pimple on lip.
  • Other factors which can contribute towards development of pimple on lip include intake of certain foods; use of bad quality lip care cosmetics and products; exposure to allergens and pollutants; side effects of medicines; hereditary causes; stress and bad personal hygiene.
  • Hormonal changes that occur during pregnancy, adolescence and menstruation can also trigger an episode of pimple on lips.
  • Increased secretion of male hormones by the adrenal glands is one of the known causes. Hence, adolescents are commonly affected by pimple on lip. It is however possible for even adults in their 40s to develop this skin condition.

Treatment of pimple on lip

The lip is a sensitive and delicate part of the skin. Hence, harsh products cannot be used to treat pimple on lip. Natural home remedies are the best option. Some of the common home remedies for treating pimple on lip are discussed below:

  • Food particles can get stuck on the affected area. Hence, ensure that it is always kept clean. Use a clean washcloth and a mild cleanser to clean the area. Avoid putting pressure when cleaning as it can inflame the affected skin and trigger the spread of bacteria to other skin pores. A soap with glycerin can be used to clean oily skin.
  • Constant touching of the pimple on lip can result in skin irritation and scarring. Touching can also lead to spread of the bacteria. So avoid it.
  • Regular use of a mixture of turmeric and mint juice can help cure pimple on lip. Wash the face and apply the paste on the affected area. Rinse it off with cold water after some hours.
  • Prepare a mask using some wheat germ, cinnamon and honey and then apply it on the affected area. Honey and cinnamon have antibacterial qualities. Let the mask remain through the night. Wash it off with lukewarm water in the morning.
  • Avoid the use of lip gloss or other such cosmetics with chemical components till the pimple on lip has fully healed. Use of chemical-laden products can aggravate the skin condition and extend the healing time.
  • Crush some aspirin, mix it with water, and prepare a paste. Apply it on the affected area. Wash with cold water after ten minutes.
  • Use of ice cubes on the affected area can numb it and help alleviate the pain associated with pimple on lip.
  • Application of garlic paste or intake of 2-3 cloves of garlic on a daily basis can help treat pimple on lip.

Pimples develop due to blockage of skin pores by skin debris and dirt. Hence, prevent its formation by regularly exfoliating the skin with a good quality exfoliating product.

A healthy lifestyle, well-balanced diet, regular exercising, avoidance of oily foods, alleviation of stress, adequate sleep and drinking lots of water can also help prevent formation of pimple on lip.

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      Musarrath Raboobe 

      21 months ago

      You should keep a box of MediPatch by (skintech) in ur handag. Its a hydrocolloid patch that reduces inflammation and redness around the pimple. Within a day the pimple will have halved its size and should be gone by day 2! #itslikemagic


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