Blackheads around lips often appear as part of a perioral dermatitis outbreak, which is the medical term for acne that appears around the mouth area. This may be a combination of red rashes and pustules, which are often itchy. In severe cases, the acne spreads to the chin, nose and even to under the eyes.
People who have this type of acne often feel particularly self-conscious, as it is a part of the face that is difficult to disguise. Sufferers can be left feeling frustrated as some products that are created to treat facial acne are not suitable for use on or around the lips, in case they are accidentally ingested.
Blackheads, which are also known as comedones, form when the insides of the pores of the skin become blocked with dead skin cells or excess oil on the skin. The best way to treat these blackheads around lips is to go back to basics. As with many aspects of skin care, it is more about what not to do than what to do. The most important thing is not to touch, pick or squeeze blackheads until you have prepared the delicate skin for the correct method of pimple removal. The last thing you want to do is irritate the skin or cause scarring.
How to get rid of Blackheads Around LipsKeep your skin clean, and avoid using strong products around your mouth. Washing with a mild facial wash or antimicrobial soap and warm water, twice a day, should be sufficient.
Straight after you have washed your skin, while your pores are open, use a comedone extractor to gently ease out the blackheads. This is an instrument often used by dermatologists.
BeforeBefore using it on your skin, rinse the extractor under running water for at least a minute to remove all dust and dirt, then place it in a bowl of isopropyl alcohol for at least two hours. After this time, take the tool out of the bowl and wipe it dry with a clean tissue.
Take your time when using this tool on your blemishes. Sitting in front of a mirror, gently push the looped end of the extractor over each blackhead, pushing firmly to ease it out.
After each blackhead has been removed, wipe the tool with a cotton ball soaked in alcohol to clean it. After you have removed all blackheads, wash your skin with cold water to close the pores.
Finally, to prevent skin infections, the last step in treating blackheads around lips is to apply a tiny amount of antibiotic ointment around your mouth, making sure you avoid your lips.