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How Do I Get Rid Of Blackheads Around Lips Naturally

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Blackheads on our faces are a disgusting and horrible thing. And, when blackheads grow over your lips or surrounding areas, it adds to our annoyance. These black pimples on your lips look like tiny bumps over your skin. They form when either oil, bacteria, or dead skin cells clog the pores of your skin. And, the result is their darkening & conversion into black dots, that is, the blackheads on lips. Blackheads are actually acnes that are of mild types. 

The main places of occurrence of blackheads are the face & forehead. However, they may also equally arise over one’s chest, lips, shoulders, back & neck. Lip blackheads often happen over or around your lips. However, just like blackheads around lips, blackheads around the mouth, blackheads on lip line & blackheads on the upper lip are also common. 

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Overview: blackheads on lips

Blackhead pimple on the lip happens if anyhow oil or bacteria are transformed from your hands, hairs, and other items (like phones, combs, etc.) to the areas encircling your lips. Also, if you forget to remove your makeup or sweat heavily, a blackhead on the lip or other areas develops. Blackheads on lips are not any serious skin issue. 

However, if the treatment is not done properly, you may develop inflammatory acne from these blackheads. And, this happens because by impeding the therapy, you’re actually permitting the oil or bacteria to build up near your lips. Here’s a great message for you from us – blackheads on lips are easily treatable. There’s nothing too tense about that. We can tell you many home remedies that will help your lip blackheads to vanish within some days.

Thinking, what if the home remedies don’t work? Dermatologists are always there for your help. You just need to visit them to get good advice regarding your lip blackheads.


How To Get Rid Of Blackheads Around Lips?

Black pimples on your lips can be removed in two ways – by home remedies or by dermatologist’s prescribed medicines. Here we are going to discuss both. Just follow our write-up:

How To Get Rid Of Blackheads Around Lips
How To Get Rid Of Blackheads Around Lips

How To Remove Blackheads Around Mouth Naturally Through Home Remedies?

The following home remedies you can simply use for removing blackheads around your mouth naturally:

1. Lemon Juice

This home remedy treats lip blackheads very well. The Vitamin C present in lemon juice has some antibacterial properties. So, they destroyed the bacteria that was causing the acne. Though this home remedy works for most people, there is no solid evidence based on any research that lemon juice is helpful against lip blackheads. 

Avoid lemon juice in case you face any irritation, burning it with redness after applying it. Also, avoid it if you know that your skin is sensitive. Go for a patch test 1st & if your skin can pass the test, then move on to this remedy. You can also use lemon juice as an astringent. 

And, for that, you have to combine equal parts of fresh lemon juice & water. Immerse a cotton ball into it, and then apply over (or surrounding) your lips. Also, don’t forget to use it sparingly. This is because you may experience dryness of your lips’ skin with the overuse of an astringent. 

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2. Honey

Being a natural antibiotic, honey has the ability to fight bacteria, which are the reasons for clogging pores & causing blackheads. Also, the hydrogen peroxide released by honey will demolish the bacteria that cause blackheads. Besides, honey has some anti-inflammatory properties that help in eliminating redness. 

For using honey to treat the blackheads on lips, first:

  1. Make a mask.
  2. Apply the honey mask over your face with the help of your clean fingers.
  3. Please keep it for at least 10 to 15 mins & then rinse the mask with lukewarm water. 

3. Tea Tree Oil

Another powerful treatment for black pimples over your lips is tea tree oil. Its antimicrobial capacities can efficiently kill bacteria causing black pimples over or surrounding your lips. Being potent, tea tree oil causes skin irritation if not used diluted. Mix 1 or 2 drops of this oil with 12 dips of carrier oil (e.g.- grapeseed oil). Then, use it as a moisturizer over your lips or face. 

Tea tree oil can also be used for making an astringent. For that, you have to mix this oil’s 3 drops with 2 ounces of water/witch hazel. If these remedies do not suit the skin surrounding or over your lips & cause irritation, further dilution of tea tree oil is needed. 

4. Witch Hazel

Witch hazel is very much good for oily skin. It comprises plant compounds named tannins. Because of the astringent properties of Tannins, the oil in your clogged pores gets reduced. For using witch hazel, just drench a cotton ball in it & apply it to the blackheads on your lips & other places. 

Over-the-counter witch hazel ointments are also effective for treating blackheads on lips. Though witch hazel is safe for our skin, it is always better to undergo a patch test in case you are a first-time user of witch hazel. 

5. Lip balm

Though not always but sometimes some lip balms comprise antibacterial ingredients such as tea tree oil, honey, etc. Such lip balms help treat the black pimples on lips. Also, it’s essential to purchase lip balms for your lips that are labeled as acne safe. This is because acne-safe lip balms will never worsen your lip pimples. 

Blackhead Removal On Lips Through Other Medications

If the home remedies for blackheads on lip removal are not working, it is essential to shift to other medications that are made for lip blackhead removal. Such medications include:

Blackheads Around Mouth
Blackheads Around Mouth

1. Salicylic Acid

Salicylic acid is a popular and the oldest treatment for acne removal, especially blackheads & you can try it if you have blackheads around the mouth or lips. It works by reducing oil & removing dead cells from your skin. Salicylic acid is found in various OTC ointments, toners, creams, scrubs, cleansing pads, gels, & face washes. 

However, one thing to remember is that it is always better to undergo a patch test to see your skin’s reaction to it. Otherwise, salicylic acid may remove plenty of oil from your skin & make it dry. Yes, allergic reactions are not impossible, but they are rare. 

2. Sulfur

Sulfur unclogs the pores of your skin & removes the blackhead pimple on your lip. Besides, the antimicrobial properties of sulfur help fight acne-causing bacteria. Sulfur is needed to be applied to the blackheads area of your lips for a certain period of time. Sulfur must be applied only on the individual blackheads area & not on your face’s large area. 

3. Retinoids

Retinoids are helpful, particularly for stubborn blackheads. This decreases excess oil present in your skin & sheds the dead cells. The Vitamin A present in Retinoids penetrates very easily through the lower layer of the skin & unclogs the pores. Retinoids are available in the form of OTC cream/gel. 

When you are under retinoids treatment, avoid exposing your skin to sun or tanning salons. Retinoids cause peeling, dryness & irritation of the skin around your lips. So, undergo this treatment only if your doctor suggests you do so. An example of a retinoid is Accutane (Oral isotretinoin). 

4. Benzoyl Peroxide

Benzoyl Peroxide is also an over-the-counter medicine for dealing with acne & is capable of fighting blackheads on lips. It kills your skin’s bacteria & unblocks the pores. You will get it in the form of gels, washes & creams. 

5. Prescribed Antibiotics

The blackheads around your lips also get treated with the help of antibiotics prescribed by Dermatologists. The antibiotics are capable of killing your skin’s acne-causing bacteria. 

The topical antibiotics for blackheads are available in the form of gels, creams & lotions in the market. Besides, oral antibiotics are also helpful in this case. They are used along with topical creams such as benzoyl peroxide. 

Do Blackheads Go Away On Their Own?

Yes, blackheads sometimes go away without any treatment, on their own. However, deep blackheads take time & medications to go away permanently.

Do Blackheads Go Away On Their Own
Do Blackheads Go Away On Their Own

FAQs About Blackheads on Lips

Q1. How do I get rid of clogged pores around my mouth?

Answer: You can get relief from the clogged pores surrounding your mouth by:

1. Washing your face at least twice daily & that too with water & a mild cleanser
2. Use oil-free makeup that can be easily removed before exercising & sleeping
3. Avoiding blackhead squeezing
4. Avoiding touching your face now & then 
5. And, last but not least, use OTC medicines prescribed by your skin dermatologist. 

Q2. What does acne around the lips mean?

Answer: The acne-like blackheads around your lips means small irritating bumps that have occurred from recurring pressure over your skin. Such pressure may be from your daily call phone or any other musical instrument. Various facial products and cosmetics can also be the reason behind the acne around your lips. Also, hormones & genetics can be blamed for your lip blackheads. 

Q3. Can I pop a blackhead?

Answer: No, blackheads must never be tried to pop out as it may lead to severe infection.

Q4. Why do I get blackheads around my lips?

Answer: Blackhead pimple on the lip happens if, by anyhow, oil or bacteria are transformed from your hands, hairs, and other items to the areas encircling your lips. Also, if you forget to remove your makeup or sweat heavily, a blackhead on the lip or other areas develops. Blackheads on lips are not any serious skin issue. However, if the treatment is not done correctly, you may establish inflammatory acne from these blackheads.

Dr. Angela Olivares
Dr. Angela Olivares
Dr. Angela Olivares is a board-certified dermatologist and a Fellow of the American Academy of Dermatology. She is a graduate of Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons and completed her residency in dermatology at New York-Presbyterian Hospital. Dr. Ashton has a private practice in New Jersey and New York City, where she specializes in skin cancer detection and treatment, as well as general dermatology.

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