Breakouts and Acne Around Your Mouth? Here’s What It Means and What You Can Do
No matter how dedicated you are to your skin-care routine, sometimes pimples persist, especially around your mouth. Well, what if we told you that your breakouts can actually do some good, like provide clues to why they are popping up in the first place? Ahead, we spoke with Skincare.com consultant and dermatologist Dhaval Bhanusali, M.D, about what might cause acne around the mouth area. And as it turns out, it very well might have just as much to do with what’s going on inside your body as what’s happening on the outside.
Reason #1: Diet
While dirt and debris play a key role in clogged pores that can turn into breakouts, they’re not the only culprit to consider. According to Dr. Bhanusali, breakouts and acne around your mouth could have to do with your diet. Residue from acidic foods — think: lemon, hot sauce, vinegar — can irritate your skin and cause redness or swelling. Also, traces of oily or fried foods, be it potato chips or fries, can linger on your skin and clog your pores.
What to Do: Don’t worry, we’re not suggesting you bid farewell to your beloved fries and buffalo wings for good (unless you want to, of course). Instead, we recommend storing facial wipes like the Garnier Clean+ Purifying Oil-Free Cleansing Towelettes in your purse to carry with you at all times. Use them around your mouth after a meal to remove any hard-to-see oil-clogging residue.
Reason #2: Hormones
Another potential cause of mouth-centric breakouts? Your fluctuating hormones. If your pimples are appearing around your mouth during your period, it could be a clear sign that your hormones are slightly out of whack.
What to Do: According to Dr. Bhanusali, there are certain prescription medications that can help balance the body in these instances. “I also suggest patients don’t overdo it on the exfoliation during this time. Many times, patients start using harsh scrubs and brushes to try to compensate for the new lesions, but they have the opposite effect and can make things worse!” This means to keep your skin-care cleansing gentle and use a soft foaming wash like the Properly Clean Facial Cleanser by Go-To or the CeraVe Acne Foaming Cleanser.
Note: If you have sensitive skin, take a look at the ingredients in your cosmetics, lip balm and toothpaste, as well. Some formulas can cause irritation or an allergic reaction. When in doubt, consult your dermatologist.