Pimples are very common and everybody has had them in their life. For some people pimples may occur once in a while but some might be greeted by a new pimple every day which is not a pleasure. Teenage years are the years where most people suffer from the dreaded acne. Pimples can be caused due to a number of underlying factors and can occur all over the body. Face, shoulders, neck, chest and back are the areas where pimples most commonly occur.
What Causes Pimples?
Pimples are caused due to clogged pores in the skin. The hair follicles which are also called pores get clogged with oil and dead skin which results in pimples on the skin. A pore clogged with sebum and dead skin is called a comedo.
Pimples are a type of comedo which pop up when the oil called sebum and the dead skin combines to clog a hair follicle. Sebum is produced by the skin to help keep the hair follicle and the skin moisturized, but if the skin starts producing excess oil it can clog pores when combined with the dead skin.
About every month or so skin cells rejuvenate themselves leaving dead skin behind which sheds naturally or by exfoliating the skin. If the skin debris is left on the skin it may cause pimples as it may accumulate and combine with the oil resulting in a clogged pore which in turn can cause pimples.
Face is one of the most common area where pimples surface on the skin. They can occur anywhere on the face like forehead, cheeks, nose, chin, and even on and around the lips.
Pimples on Lips
Pimples can occur on the outer line of the lips, and also on the upper and lower lip region. Usually the pimples around this area are white head pimples. They have a white center which is painful to touch, surrounded by red inflamed skin.
Pimple anywhere along the lip line is annoying for a couple of reasons. Firstly, it is not a pleasant sight and can alter the shape of one’s lips. Secondly, it hurts when you open your mouth especially when the pimple is infected, which also makes eating and drinking difficult.
Causes of Pimples around the Lip Area
The main cause of pimples as described above are the clogged pores, same goes for lip line pimples. Several tiny hair follicles around the lip can get plugged with sebum and dead skin debris. In addition to this, there might be other factors that cause a pimple to pop up along your lip line or on the upper lip.
Lip products contain chemicals that are actually harmful for your lip health. Lips are extremely sensitive part of the face. Harsh chemicals can cause adverse reactions and cause the skin to become inflamed. Some people might have a pimple as a reaction to a certain ingredient in the product.
Therefore, one should be extremely careful in choosing lip care products. Low quality lip products are a complete no, as they contain cheap ingredients which can be harmful for your lips. Such cheap ingredients can fill the pores on the lip line with impurities and cause painful infected pimples.
Checking the expiration date of lip care products is also crucial. Using expired products like old lipsticks, lip glosses, lip balms or other lip products can have a reaction which can turn infectious.
Another reason for lip pimples may be the hormonal imbalance in the body. Hormones play an important role in the overall health of the person. Even slight changes in hormone levels can effect a person’s health.
One common indication of hormonal changes in the body is the appearance of pimples. These pimples usually appear on the face and can be the cause for pimples around the lips.
Hormonal changes in the body cause pimples in many people. Therefore that is the reason pimples in teenage years are so common. Teenage years are years when an individual goes through puberty. Hormones develop, evolve and change during this period.
Dust and Pollution
Another factor that plays an important role in the appearance of those red bumpy pimples near the lips is the environment. If there is a lot of pollutants and impurities in the air, they might be the reason of clogged pores. The dust particles can combine with the sebum and create a pimple.
Hair Removal from the Upper Lip Region
Women usually get their upper lips waxed or threaded in order to make the region hair free. This can lead to irritation and can cause the hair follicle to pop up a pimple. You can instantly see a small bump after waxing or threading. The small bump may enlarge over a few days creating a painful pimple. Sometimes it is not visible but you can feel the pain along your lip line.
Your body reflects what you put in it. Pimples are also a resultant of oily, junk and spicy food.
A common underlying factor of pimples is stress. Stress puts the body out of order. It is a culprit for many body changes. Hormonal balance is also affected due to mental stress.
Another major factor for pimples around the upper lips is poor hygiene habits. Not cleaning your face or removing makeup before you sleep can lead to pimples.
Treating Pimples on Upper Lips
Pimples along the lip line are a nuisance. The good news is that common over the counter ointments and also some easy and effective home remedies can be used to treat them.
Cold or Hot Compress
Although the pimple is painful upon touching it, a cold compress can help relieve the pain. It is advised to first wash your face thoroughly and then use a cotton pad dipped in warm water to clean the upper lip area. Then use another cotton pad dipped in cold icy water and hold it for 5 to 10 seconds. Repeat for three to five times in a day.
Another remedy for lip pimples is dabbing the pimple with cotton bud (Q tip) dipped in castor oil. This will help kill the bacteria due the oil’s antibacterial properties. It also sucks and absorbs the impurities that causes the pimple.
Honey is an ingredient which is known for its unlimited properties. It is enriched with strong anti-bacterial and anti-fungal properties. Honey is a natural ointment that can be used directly on the pimple. Dab a little honey on the pimple and let it rest for 10 to 15 minutes. Wash it off with cold water, repeat twice or thrice a day.
Lemon juice is another natural anti-bacterial and anti-fungal ingredient. It thoroughly cleanses the pores which is key to eliminating pimples. It also prevents the pimple to come back if used frequently.
Toothpaste is not just great for brushing your teeth, it has many other uses as well. One of them is treating unwanted pimples. Toothpaste not only soothes and provides relief but also helps eliminate the pimple altogether.
Anti-fungal and antibacterial properties are the reason green tea is such an effective remedy to treat pimples. It helps reduce inflammation. Brew a little green tea and let it cool. Dip a cotton and apply it on the pimple. Repeat it three to five times and twice a day.