The mouth is quite an exposed area when it comes to bacteria growth. The area tends to get dirtier than the rest of the face, naturally because of the close contact with food.
Therefore, it’s extremely important to know how to treat acne around the mouth and chin, in case of an unfortunate outbreak of pimples.
Throughout this post I’m going to list some of the more effective methods, with most ingredients that are easily available to you. Plus I’ll throw in a few tips to prevent further outbreaks at the very end!
So read on to learn how to treat those pimples around the mouth!
Treat Acne Around The Mouth With Castor Oil
Apart from being a great laxative, castor oil is also well worth testing as a remedy for your mouth acne. It’s frequently recommended as a natural alternative to modern acne medication.
The oil contains ricinoleic acid, which is both an effective anti-inflammatory and analgesic (painkiller) for your skin.
Furthermore, castor oil helps keep the sebum production in your skin at bay, due to its natural moisturizing properties. It’s also very cheap, so if you’re looking to replace your current moisturizer, give castor oil a try before you decide on something a bit pricier.
Keep your cool! Or be a hot-head! Either way, hot or cold compress can do wonders for your skin!
The benefits of a cold compress is that it reduces the swelling of your mouth acne, and the cool sensation also helps with the pain that often comes with cystic acne.
A hot compress makes sure to dilate the pores in your skin, while absorbing the pus from them. Just be careful not to make it too hot, or you might end up burning your skin.
1-2 minutes twice a day for either compress is a good rule of thumb. However, if you’ve got really painful acne, a cold compress can be used more frequently to ease the pain.
While it’s extremely effective, benzoyl peroxide should be used with caution – especially in higher concentrations. I’ve written a review about Humane’s acne wash, which is a benzoyl peroxide based product.
Essentially, the peroxide dries out the pimple and also cleans out your pores, to reduce the risk of relapse. I do not recommend it for sensitive skin types, as it’s quite powerful stuff. Effective, but powerful.
When it comes to color, turmeric is quite unique. You could probably spot turmeric paste from a mile away. Why? Because it reminds a lot about gold.
When properly mixed, turmeric paste looks like the result of Richie Rich sneezing into a bowl of very fine sand.
The paste gets its color from curcumin, which has been shown to hold antioxidant properties, as well as anti-inflammatory ones. Both of which are extremely important for your skin!
Just add some water to turmeric powder and mix it together. Then put the solution on your pimple and leave it for 1-2 minutes. Rinse, dry and moisturize!
Repeat this twice a day for best results.
Honey is definitely the bee’s-knees when it comes to skincare. Why? Because of its antimicrobial and antibacterial effects.
As you apply honey to your skin, enzymes in the honey begin producing hydrogen peroxide. This may sound scary, but the fact is that hydrogen peroxide is very effective at killing off bacteria in your skin.
Honey is quite easy to use as a treatment. Just dab some on your pimples 2-3 times per day. No need to wash it off!
Just make sure you use raw honey. The processed stuff is completely useless.
Tomato or Cucumber
Both cucumbers and tomatoes contain high levels of salicylic acid, which is an acid that helps unclogging pores and balances the shedding level of skin cells.
Thanks to its effectiveness in treating acne, you can find salicylic acid in many different anti-acne products.
Here’s how you use salicylic acid found in vegetables:
- Mash your tomato/cucumber with a fork.
- Dab some of the “goo” onto your pimple.
- Leave it on for about 10-15 minutes.
- Rinse with warm water.
- Repeat 2-3 times every day.
Make sure to use ecological vegetables to avoid the risk of them having been sprayed with various pests.
Tea Tree Oil
Like honey, tea tree oil is both antimicrobial and anti-inflammatory. However, it tends to be a bit rougher on your skin.
Using tea tree oil topically is generally fine, but it’s recommended that you test the oil on a normally hidden spot on your skin first. Regardless of whether you have sensitive skin.
Tea tree oil is best used immediately after your regular acne treatment routine. Apply 1-2 drops directly on blemish.
Having the tools and methods to treat acne around the mouth and chin effectively isn’t too shabby. But I prefer to get to the root of the problem, and prevent outbreaks before they even happen.
There are four essential steps you need to follow for the best chance of preventing acne. Slack on one of them and you may find yourself with a pimple infested mouth within days.
- Keep clean and fresh. Uphold your daily routine. Wash, exfoliate, medicate, use moisturizer. Whatever it is you’re doing, don’t stop.
- Maintain a healthy diet. More often than not, your acne “comes from within”. Avoid food containing sugar, have a high carb count or is dairy-based.
- Don’t drink alcohol. Or, at least, keep alcohol consumption at a minimum. Drinking alcohol will increase your insulin levels, cause oxidative stress and dehydrate your skin. Very, very bad for acne.
- Reduce stress. Stress hormones are very common among factors that cause acne. If you’re stressed, you need to find a way to wind down. Acne could be your body’s way of saying that something’s not right. Listen to its signals.
As you see, the way you treat acne around the mouth and chin is not so different compared to treating other areas of your body. However, the skin around the mouth is more exposed to bacteria and dirt because it’s in the vicinity of the foods you eat, and the drinks you drink.
Therefore, I think it’s quite crucial to specifically point out the importance of keeping that area fresh and clean.
You can choose between trying the natural way of honey and castor oil, or the more extreme alternative of benzoyl peroxide. If you know that you have sensitive skin, you should definitely try the natural alternatives first.
Finally, I think being able to get rid of pimples that have already popped up is nice – in fact super! But I think being able to keep that acne away for good is priceless.
Lowering stress and eating healthy is so darn important. You can try all the treatments in the world, but if your hormone and blood sugar levels are not balanced you’ll very likely be fighting acne on a day-by-day basis.
What have you tried in order to treat acne on the chin and around the mouth? Have you noticed any improvement thanks to it? Leave a comment below and let’s talk!
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