How do I get rid of acne around my mouth?

How do I get rid of acne around my mouth?
How do I get rid of acne around my mouth?

Acne around the mouth is often linked to hormonal changes like the menstrual cycle or menopause. But thankfully there are solutions. Here are our five steps to getting rid of acne around the mouth.

Cleanse regularly and religiously

Use a gentle cleanser and avoid an over vigorous routine, which can irritate the skin. Cleanse regularly morning and night. Check that the products you are using are adapted to your skin type, that they are oil free and non-comedogenic, so pores don’t get clogged up. Also, avoid using an exfoliator which can strip the skin; instead, opt for a micro-exfoliator.

Don’t forget to keep to a routine too (generally you start seeing results after three weeks) and dermatologists recommend a three-step daily regime of cleansing with micellar water to remove non-waterproof makeup or a gentle foaming gel, followed by a toner, and a moisturiser specially engineered to target acne or other problems in skin. It’s also key to use a separate cream for the eye area as the skin here is much finer than the rest of the face and therefore needs different attention.

Don’t pick

We’ll say it time and time again: leave those spots alone! Popping spots can lead to the spread of bacteria, more infection, irritation and more breakouts. It’s also an area that is tempting to fiddle with during the day, so keep your fingers away from the zone so as not to spread any dirt and aggravate the problem. For more information, see Dr Tabi Leslie’s advice in an interview for The Skin Edit.

Avoid heavy makeup

Steer clear of too much heavy makeup or sticky gloss that can leak onto the skin and enhance any problems. The same goes for heavy foundation. Instead, opt for a BB cream or tinted moisturiser.

Eat healthily

Adapt your diet for a better immune system. Increasing antioxidants can do wonders for a better overall sense of wellbeing and to fight the spread of acne. 

Get treatment over the counter or by prescription

For dermatologist Dr Anjali Mahto of London’s Cedars Dermatology, “It is worth investing in cleansers containing salicylic acid, zinc, alpha hydroxy acids, tea tree oil, or benzoyl peroxide in addition to targeted spot therapies.” She adds that “If OTC remedies fail to work after a few weeks, it may be worthwhile seeing your family doctor than can either prescribe prescription creams containing a mixture of retinoids, antibiotics, or benzoyl peroxide or may recommend a course of oral antibiotics.”