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Tips to Prevent Getting an Infectious Disease While on Vacation

Dr. Brent W. Laartz thought he was in for the ride of his lifetime when he set out on a horseback riding excursion in Costa Rica.

Admittedly younger and more naïve than he is today, Laartz – an infectious disease specialist and author of the book How to Avoid Contagious Diseases…

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How to Deal With Painful Pimples on the Lips?

Getting one or more pimple on the lips is not only painful but also very unsightly. There is no possible cover up that you can use, unlike the pimples on any other part of your face. You may get annoyed and start popping these pimples which will only cause the condition to get worse - more pimples will pop up all over your mouth! The best alternative is that you leave them to heal and try to identify the cause of these pimples and avoid them in the future.

What are the probable causes of pimples on lips?

  • Pimples can pop up because of blockage of the sebaceous glands in the skin. These glands produce oil. When the skin pores are obstructed, the oil accumulates underneath, becomes infected by bacteria and causes inflammation.
  • Some people inherit acne as a trait from their parents.
  • If you don't eat a balanced diet, your skin will become prone to pimples.
  • Exposure of skin to pollutants.
  • Taking too much stress can also be a cause of pimple formation on the lips.
  • Using lip care products of poor quality can cause harm to your lips and lead to outbreak of pimples.

How to deal with these painful pimples?

To effectively get rid of the painful pimples on the lips and to avoid their formation in the future, follow these tips:

  1. Don't touch or tamper with the pimples. You may be tempted to pop these pimples or touch them. This can cause the bacteria to spread which will lead to the formation of more pimples on your lips. Constant tampering with or touching the affected area may irritate the skin beneath and cause formation of an ugly scar.
  2. Clean the affected areas of the lips with a mild cleanser. Use a clean washcloth to very gently clean the affected areas. Ensure that the cleanser does not go into your mouth. Also take care that you do not irritate the skin of the affected areas. If you have oily skin, then it will be suitable for you to use a cleansing soap that has glycerin in it.
  3. Pimples occur because your pores are blocked. If you suffer from pimples regularly then you need to take certain steps to ensure that your pores are not clogged by skin debris or any external pollutant. For this you can perform skin exfoliation about 2 or 3 times a week. This will prevent the development of pimples on your lips and other areas of the face. You should use a good quality exfoliation product that is specially designed for skin types that are prone to acne.
  4. If your lip pimples are simply too painful, then apply ice cubes to the affected areas. This will numb the affected areas and soothe out the pain.
  5. You can deal with the pain by using an aspirin. Crush the aspirin and mix it in water to make a paste. Apply over the affected areas. Leave it on for 5 to 7 minutes. Wash off the paste with cold water. This will help relieve the pain.
  6. When you have pimples on your lips, avoid using lip plumping products like lip gloss or lipstick. These products may worsen the blockage of the pores which can increase the healing time of the pimples.
  7. Avoid eating oily foods and drink plenty of water daily. Also make sure that you eat a balanced diet. This will prevent formation of pimples. 
  8. You can apply either cold or warm compress on the pimple as well. Take a clean washcloth and wet it in either warm or cool water. Press the cloth gently against the affected areas for relief and comfort.
  9. Check the ingredients of the lip products that you use on a daily or regular basis - lip gloss, lipstick, lip balm etc. Make sure that none of these contain any harmful chemicals that can potentially cause outbreak of zits on your mouth. Lip balms are usually a cause for pimples - they are sticky and attract dust particles. This causes clogging of the pores.
  10. Wash out your lips with medicated mouthwash. Don't use soap on the mouth when you have pimples over it. Instead use a facewash that is soap-free.
  11. After you drink or eat anything, carefully and thoroughly wipe your mouth clean. If any food residue is left on your lips it can become a cause for pimples. So practice this childlike habit regularly.
  12. Brushing your lips is as important as brushing your teeth. Gently massage your lips with the brush. Don't apply pressure as you would while brushing your teeth. Massaging the lips with the brush will remove dead skin cells and any impurities very effectively. Repeat this twice a day.

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