Pimples on lips

Fighting Pimples on The Lips : 10 Natural Remedies to Get Rid of Lip Acne

Acne is a highly annoying condition no matter where it attacks our body but one of the most difficult acne to deal with would surely be lip acne. Being lined with sensitive and thin skin, pimples on the lips can be painful as hell.

But fret not, for we have some remedies and hacks that can speed up the process in which the pimples on your lips fade away. These natural remedies are easy to use and easily found too – perhaps right in your kitchen or garden.

Why do We Get Acne on Our Lips?

Why is it that lips are susceptible to developing pimples? There could be many reasons for this some of which include allergens that trigger a reaction on your lips and some unhygienic, unhealthy practices at times. These could be some of them.

Oily food intake: When you eat oily foods, it is not just internally that acne gets formed but also when some of the residual oil gets left out on the lips. This piles up over time and leads to the formation of pimples.

Lip cosmetics : Some lip cosmetics can be made of chemicals that your lips are triggered with. This leads to allergic reactions which then form the pimples eventually leading to acne. Some preservatives used in the lipsticks and gels that you use can be the reason most of the time.

10 Natural remedies for Healing Lip Acne

Here’s a list of ten most commonly used safe and easy remedies that work for fighting pimples on your lips much faster.

Toothpaste for lip acne

Toothpaste is one of the most commonly used hack to heal pimples anywhere on the body and works equally well on the lips. The basic reasons why toothpaste has become such a popular remedial ingredient for pimples is two reasons 

1. It has got triclosan, a compound which fights the bacteria that leads to the formation of pimples and

2. It dries up the skin by absorbing the oil around the pimples. Here’s a guide how you use the toothpaste for healing pimples on lips.

DIY Remedy

Step 1 : Pick a toothpaste that isn’t meant for whitening and isn’t a gel and has got triclosan.

Step 2 : Take a bit of this toothpaste onto your finger and rub it over the pimple on your lip gently.

Step 3 : You can add essential oil or any other ingredient before you use it if you’d like to.

Step 4 : Leave it on for about an hour or so until it dries up.

Step 5 : Wash it off an wipe the skin around your pimples clean.

Lemon juice for lip acne

Lemon juice is one anti-acne remedy that works just as well on the lips. It can kill the bacteria and the other microbes that could possibly be the reason for your acne and also clear away the dead-cells, oil and bacterial debris that can get accumulated in and around the pimples because of their anti-oxidant action. Using it is quite simple too. Here’s how you do it.

DIY Remedy

Step 1: Squeeze some lemons into a bowl and make some juice of the lemons.

Step 2: Use a cotton swab or a cotton ball and dip it in the lemon juice.

Step 3: Dab it over your lips gently and rub it lightly.

Step 4: Leave it on for about half an hour.

Step 5: Rinse it off with water post that.

Turmeric paste

Turmeric is yet another simple and effective remedy for lip acne that can heal them surprisingly quickly. The antibiotic properties of turmeric are of help in killing the bacteria that cause the pimples whereas the healing properties can heal the skin around the pimples and the scars that are sometimes formed. Here’s a quick guide to using turmeric paste for lip acne.

DIY Remedy

Step 1 : Take some turmeric and add water to it to make a fine paste.

Step 2 : Apply this with your finger over the lips gently.

Step 3 : Leave it on for about a half an hour to an hour (or more than that, as turmeric does not dry your skin up).

Step 4 : Wash it off with warm water and wipe your lips clean.

Benzoyl peroxide

Benzoyl peroxide is yet another commonly used remedial ingredient for acne and works well for healing pimples on the lips as well. It kills the microbes that cause pimples while also removing the oil by drying the skin up. Using Benzoyl peroxide on lip must however be done carefully as it cannot be ingested by any means. Here’s how you do that.

DIY Remedy

Step 1: After you get yourself some Benzoyl peroxide that is pure, take some of it into a bowl.

Step 2: Add water slowly and make a paste such that there are no lumps formed and the paste is uniform.

Step 3: Use your finger or a cotton swab to gently dab this paste over your lips.

Step 4: Leave it on for about 15 minutes or half an hour.

Step 5: Wash it off and wipe your lips clean.

Aloe Vera

Aloe vera is yet another magic anti-acne ingredient that works wonders. It is easy to be applied on the lips as well and works equally well. The reason it is good for healing pimples is that it can remove excessive oil while also hydrating the skin at the same time. This leads to the healing without the skin getting dried up. It is also anti-microbial in nature. Here are some simple steps in which you can use it.

DIY Remedy

Step 1 : Get yourself some aloe vera gel that is unadulterated or break open a piece of aloe vera stem with the gel oozing out of one edge.

Step 2 : In the first case, rub the gel over your lips and in the second, the stem so that the gel will then get over your lips.

Step 3 : Rub it over your lips gently for a while and leave it on for about half an hour.

Step 4 : Wash it off.

Clary Sage oil

One of the essential oils that is recommended for use on pimples is clary sage oil for these reasons – it unclogs the oil and dirt that gets piled up in the pores, keeps the skin hydrated but not too oily and heals the scars and marks formed on the skin. It works well for lip acne as well with the oil being mild and suitable for the sensitive skin on the lips. Here’s how we use this essential oil for pimples on lips.

DIY Remedy

Step 1: Take some Clary sage oil of a good quality into a container.

Step 2: With a cotton swab or a ball dipped into the oil, dab it over the pimples gently.

Step 3: Rub it over the lips for  while and leave it on for about half an hour.

Step 4: Rinse it off with warm water.

Tea tree oil

Although tea tree oil is an essential oil that is considered to be a bit too harsh for the sensitive skin on the lips, it can be very effective and quick in healing the acne. We show you just how to use it in a diluted form for the skin on the lips in some simple steps that you can follow.

DIY Remedy

Step 1 : Take a few teaspoons of coconut oil and heat it slightly so that it is warm.

Step 2 :Add a few drops of tea tree oil to it and see to it that the two of them are mixed up well.

Step 3 : Apply this mixture of oils over the lips and massage gently for a while.

Step 4 : Leave it on for about 15 minutes to half an hour and rinse it off

It is important to take care that the oil does not enter the mouth as it could lead to harmful effects.

Rub a half cut garlic over your lips

Garlic is one of the best remedies for acne and works well for lip acne as well. It can kill the microbes and the astringency can be quite a bit healing for the pimple on the whole. It hastens the process of the death of the pimple and therefore can be especially useful if you would like to get rid of pimples overnight or very soon. Here are the simple steps in which you can use this great anti-acne hack.

DIY Remedy

Step 1: Take a garlic and peel the skin off neatly.

Step 2: Cut it into a half.

Step 3: Rub the juicy side of the half garlic over your lips gently for about 10 minutes.

Step 4: Leave the lips to dry out for about 10 more minutes before you wash them off.

Step 5: You can leave the juice overnight as well as long as there is no burning sensation.


Honey is yet another anti-acne remedy that works in healing the pimples in multiple ways. It kills the bacteria responsible for causing the acne and also soothes the pain and the inflammation on the skin of the lips. However, the results aren’t as quick as some other stronger remedies and yet you can bet on the safety of the skin upon using this remedy. Here’s how you use it.

DIY Remedy

Step 1: Take a spoon of honey and with your finger or a swab, apply it over your lips gently.

Step 2: Leave it on for about half an hour (or more).

Step 3: Wash it off after you’re done.

Tea bags (green tea or chamomile tea)

Green tea or chamomile tea have tremendous uses on our body and one of the uses is their acne fighting abilities. While they can be a good remedy when taken internally as well, we can use them externally too, and work also in getting rid of lip acne.We show you how you can use them for treating pimples on the lips in some simple steps.

DIY Remedy with Green Tea:

Step 1 : Take some water and bring it to boil.

Step 2 : Add green tea leaves or powder to it and continue with the boiling until the colour changes to greenish brown or golden.

Step 3 : With a cotton ball dab some of the green tea that has been cooled onto your lips and leave it on for about an hour or so before you rinse it off.

DIY Remedy with Chamomile tea:

Step 1: Get some water to boil in a hot pot and add the chamomile tea powder or leaves to it.

Step 2: Continue with the boiling until the tea forms.

Step 3: This tea after it is cooled is to be dabbed around the pimples on lips with a cotton ball.

Step 4: Let it stay this way for a while before you wash it off.

Additional remedies to remove lip acne

In addition to following these remedies, we have some tips and preventive measures for you that can help keep pimples at bay.

  • Keep your lips clean all the time, especially after you eat or drink something.
  • Make sure that your toothpaste is free of any allergens that could possibly be causing your lip acne. Sometimes too much of fluoride can do this.
  • Make sure that the cosmetics that you are using on your lips aren’t triggering the acne and the chemicals aren’t harming your lips. Restrain from using any when you do get the pimples.
  • Drinking a lot of water can help prevent lip acne as well as acne anywhere on your body so increasing your water intake can help by a great measure.

These measures and remedies can definitely help keep your lip acne in control. Although they are safe, being completely natural, we suggest that you take the advice of an expert or a physician when you happen to notice any adverse reactions. Do try these remedies out and leave us a note on how they worked on your lip acne!


  • https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/books/NBK92761/
  • http://www.wikihow.com/Treat-Acne-Around-the-Lips-Fast

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