July 20, 2024
Pimples on Upper Lip

Do you have pimples on your upper lip? Don’t panic, you’re not alone and they are definitely not contagious!

Like pimples on other areas, lip pimples can be caused by lipstick, sweat, poor diet, hormonal changes, greasy food, stress etc and they are pretty common and usually not really concerning even though they can be as painful as hell lol because the skin in that area is thinner and more sensitive than other parts of your body.

The reason why we get pimples is due to the fact that we overlook proper routines that help keep bacteria off our skin like washing up after sweating, cleansing the skin regularly, eating healthy foods etc and how we take care of our skin shows how it reflects when we take a deep look in the mirror. Our skin is loaded with pores that contain sebaceous glands that secrete oil and when the oil gets blocked underneath the surface by dirt, grease, make-up, or something else, the pores can become irritated and inflamed, causing pimples on our skin.

Lip pimples develop a white, yellow or black head; while large or swollen pimples can last for several weeks, smaller pimples can often fade away within a few days.


Lip pimples do not require medical treatment but it’d surely respond to the same treatment you would use to treat pimples in other area of the face like:

  • OTC or over-the-counter medications. You can try creams, lotions, gels, face wash etc with benzoyl peroxide or salicylic acid. This destroys bacteria that cause pimples on the lip.
  • You can try the ‘home remedy way’ by using tea tree oil, aloe vera gel, apple cider vinegar or you can just ice it to reduce swelling by wrapping the ice cube in a clean cloth and apply it to the skin
  • Opting for laser therapy – using light impulse to eradicate the pimple-causing bacteria from the lip.
  • Extraction of pimple which can hurt and would be advisable to dampen the area with warm water to relieve the pain before the extraction.
  • Learn to manage stress which also contribute to the growth of the pimples.

Summarily, just know we all have pimples on our beautiful faces, it’s normal, it’s not rare and it shouldn’t trigger fear and before you go for any of the treatment you’re comfortable with, be sure you are not mistaken a lip pimple for a cold sore (oral herpes) because while lip pimples can be painful, cold sores are often accompanied by flu-like symptoms or a tingling sensation before the sore appears.