How to Get Rid of Pimples Near the Mouth

by Lisa Finn

Let's face it: At some point, pimples are going to pop up. These pesky pustule-filled bumps sometimes appear around the mouth area -- and it's no secret why. Oily foods passing through lips, dirty hands resting on the face and sleeping on a pillowcase specked with yesterday's makeup make the mouth a popular pimple hangout. The good news is that there's much you can do to rid your mouth of bumpy blemishes. Treat blackheads, whiteheads or tiny red bumps with a consistent skin-care routine, acne-fighting products and the proper extraction methods.

Items you will need

  • Acne face wash
  • Towel
  • Clay facial mask
  • Stainless steel extraction tool
  • Cotton pads
  • Toner
  • Acne products
  • Moisturizer
Step 1

Wash your face in the morning and before bed. Pump a dollop of acne-fighting face wash onto your fingertips and gently massage the cleanser in small circles around your entire face. Pay particular attention to your mouth and chin area -- close your mouth and cleanse directly over your lips.

Step 2

Rinse your face with warm water. Pat -- don't rub -- your face dry using a soft, clean towel. Otherwise, you risk opening pimples that have already come to a head, spreading the puss and ending up with more pimples.

Step 3

Apply a clay mask to your entire mouth area to help draw out dirt and oil from the sebaceous glands. Leave on until just before it dries, usually anywhere from 5 to 10 minutes. Touch your finger to the mask throughout the drying process; when the mask starts to get lighter in color, but still feels wet, rinse the area with warm water. Pat dry with a clean towel.

Step 4

Place your extraction tool on top of the pimples that have come to a head or any blackheads that have reached the surface. Press down with medium strength and then gently roll the extraction tool over the blemish to push out the puss and dirt. Immediately stop if the pimple does not pop easily. Otherwise, you may end up spreading the acne, compacting the pimple or creating a scar.

Step 5

Pour some toner on a cotton pad and swipe all over your face, paying particular attention to the area around the lips, chin and jawline. Toner helps to wipe away any leftover cleanser and clay mask. It also works to restore skin's natural Ph balance and adds a little hydration back into your skin.

Step 6

Put a pea-size amount of benzoyl peroxide on your fingertips. Swipe a thin layer around the mouth area where pimples are present.

Step 7

Switch up the routine at night and, instead of using benzoyl peroxide, swipe a facial pad containing glycolic and salicylic acids around your mouth area. These ingredients not only help get rid of pimples, but also aid in reducing redness and swelling.

Step 8

Gently rub a mild oil-free moisturizer onto your skin as your last step as the ingredients in acne-fighting products can be drying to the skin. A noncomedogenic moisturizer that doesn't clog your pores can heel cracked skin, control peeling and keep your face looking fresh while getting rid of pimples.

Tips

  • Use a soft-bristle facial cleaning brush instead of your fingertips for deeper cleaning.

    Pour rubbing alcohol over your extraction tool after each use. This disinfects it for your next use.

    Find a moisturizer with sunscreen built in.

Warnings

  • If pimples around the mouth are itchy, visit your dermatologist. You may have a rash or perioral dermatitis, which are not pimples at all.

    Refrain from applying acne-fighting creams and pads on top of your lips.

Photo Credits

  • Pixland/Pixland/Getty Images

About the Author

Based in Los Angeles, Lisa Finn has been writing professionally for 20 years. Her print and online articles appear in magazines and websites such as "Spa Magazine," "L.A. Parent," "Business," the Famous Footwear blog and many others. She also ghostwrites for mompreneurs and business owners who appear regularly on shows such as Ricki Lake, HGTV, Carson Daly and The Today Show.