Breakouts Around Your Mouth? What They Mean & What You Can Do
We did a little detective work—aka asked board-certified dermatologist, and Skincare.com consultant Dr. Dhaval Bhanusali—to discover why breakouts might appear around the mouth in particular—plus, helpful tips on how to help keep blemishes around the mouth at bay once and for all!
You scrub, wash, tone, moisturize, and spot treat like your life depends on it but no matter how dedicated you are to your skin care routine, pesky pimples always find a way to crop up on your complexion. It’s enough to make even the calmest person want to scream in frustration. But 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? As it turns out, if your zits could talk, they’d likely narrate a story about why they’re there—and it very well might have to do with what’s going on inside your body just as much as what’s going on outside of it. Why do we breakout around our mouths? Keep reading to find out some possible reasons!
Dirt and debris play a key role in clogged pores, which can turn into breakouts—even around the mouth!—but they’re not the only culprit to consider. If you have breakouts around your mouth, your diet could be to blame. 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: Does this diet sound familiar to you? Don’t worry, we’re not suggesting you bid farewell to your beloved fries and buffalo wings for good (unless you wanted to, of course). Store facial wipes in your purse—like Garnier Clean+ Purifying Oil-Free Cleansing Towelettes—and use them around your mouth after a meal to remove any hard-to-see oil-clogging residue. Also, sneak in some more fresh fruits and vegetables into your diet. It may not help with your acne, but it’s never a bad idea to incorporate healthy options!
Another potential cause of mouth-centric breakouts? Your fluctuating hormones. If your pimples are appearing around your mouth during that time of the month, it could be a clear sign that your hormones are slightly out of whack.
What to do: You can’t do much about your period, menopause, or puberty, but there are ways to help reduce the appearance of pimples due to hormonal fluctuations. “There are certain prescription medications we like that help balance the body in these instances,” says Dr. Bhanusali. “I also suggest patients don’t overdue 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!” If your pimples are really unsightly, try to cover them up with a full-coverage concealer, like Dermablend Quick-Fix Concealer. The concealer stick is super portable, so you can carry it with you on-the-go with ease.
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.
Want to know why zits are appearing on other areas of your face, like your hairline or T-Zone for instance? Check out our ultimate guide to decoding your breakouts, here!