Treat Pimples on the Lips

Pimples, also called pustules, are a type of acne. They can develop just about anywhere on the body, including along your lip line.

These red bumps with a white centre form when clogged hair follicles become inflamed. Pimples can become infected when bacteria get inside.

Popping or squeezing a pimple can make your skin take longer to heal and lead to scarring.

How to get rid of a pimple on your lip

Pimple on Lip

To reduce your risk of damaging your skin and lips, here’s how to get rid of a pimple on your lip safely.

OTC soaps and creams

There are a number of over-the-counter (OTC) soaps and creams made to treat pimples. Use a mild alcohol-free cleanser twice per day and avoid astringents and exfoliants that can dry out and irritate your skin.

The same applies when it comes to skin creams — the gentler the better. Look for moisturizers made for acne-prone skin.

What causes pimples on the lip line?

Excess oil production, bacteria, and hair follicles that are clogged by oil, dead skin, and debris can cause pimples on the lip line.

Stress, hormones, and certain medications can increase your risk for pimples and worsen acne.

There are reports of people developing acne around the lips after repetitive use of lip balm and petroleum jelly. Though generally safe, excessive use of any product could potentially clog pores and cause pimples on the lip line. 

Preventing lip pimples

The following are ways to prevent lip pimples:

  • Keep your skin clean by washing twice per day.
  • Use mild soaps and creams.
  • Avoid irritants and harsh products.
  • Avoid scrubbing your skin.
  • Wash off lipstick and other makeup before bed.
  • Avoid touching your face too often.
  • Don’t pop, squeeze, or pick at pimples.


Keeping your skin clean and moisturized and avoiding stress can help prevent pimples.

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