You may be having a clear skin yet, you have occasional appearance of pimples around your mouth. And this causes you to wonder how these pesky acne appear in your mouth area?
But what exactly causes acne around the mouth?
The most common cause of acne around the mouth is overuse of lip balm, especially scented and flavored lip balm. But another known cause could be the toothpaste or other oral care medication you use.
Most women use lip balm and the truth of the matter is, lip balm can be addicting. Lip balms often tastes good aside from the fact that it moistens your lips but also dries them up at the same time.
Lip balms come in different flavors. They often come in cherry and other fruit flavors that most people love. Because most people get to have dry lips all the time, the use of lip balms is not limited to women anymore, but also to men as well.
But how exactly does it cause acne in the mouth area? The fragrances they used in lip balm results to the production of sebum on skin surrounding the mouth and the wax from the lip balm clogs pores. The ingredients used for the fragrances and flavorings that are being used to make lip balm irresistible irritate our skin, which causes it to make more sebum, that of course, causes pimples.
The best way to stop the appearance of pimples in the mouth area is to stop using lip balm or switching to an organic or natural lip balms. If your lips get dry, the best option is to hydrate yourself by drinking small sips of water of liquid throughout the day. Chapped and dry lips are often caused by dehydration so make sure that you keep yourself hydrated. Using aloe vera gel once or twice a day will also help heal your dry lips. You may also try putting and massaging some brown sugar on your lips to get rid of the dry skin naturally.
But how about the use of toothpaste, then, you ask.
Toothpaste can be another factor why acne around your mouth occurs. The flavors and perfumes added to flavored toothpaste can cause breakouts the exact same way that the flavors and perfumes in lip balm can cause breakouts around the mouth. But most toothpastes that we know have an additional problem ingredient known as sodium lauryl sulfate or SLS.
Sodium lauryl sulfate, which is also known as sodium lauryl sulphate, sodium dodecyl sulphate, and SLS, is an ingredient added to toothpaste to make sure it doesn’t get stuck in the bottom of the tube. It also helps in giving the product a foaming action against your teeth and gums. This chemical is added to tens of thousands of other detergents to make them foamy so they can lift grease and grime. The problem with SLS is that the surface tension generated at the edges of the bubbles can force tiny cracks in the skin. The skin’s first aid for these cracks is sebum generated by nearby pores. but this does not cause acne breakouts. However, if toothpaste also gets into those pores and irritates them, excess sebum can get trapped and when it does, it produces blackheads and whiteheads that turns into pimples.
The best way to lessen and get rid of your problem with acne around your mouth is to use a toothpaste that does not contain SLS. Before buying a toothpaste, make sure to read the label first.