By Megan Smith

Clogged pores happen when makeup, sweat or dirt get caught underneath the skin. They can occur in the tender areas around the mouth from frequently wearing lipstick or lip gloss. Avoid picking or squeezing these pores with your bare hands, as the skin around your lips is very delicate and can bruise or bleed easily.

Clogged Lip Pores
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Clogged Lip Pores

Gentle Extraction by Hand

To get rid of clogged pores around the lips, be very gentle. Place one piece of clean tissue over each index finger to protect the skin from fingernails and prevent putting any uneven pressure on the area. Gently pinch the clogged pore with your index fingers, massaging on either side of the pore until all dirt and oil is removed. Wipe the dirt and oil away with a warm washcloth. When finished, wash the area around the lips with a gentle cleanser.

Blackhead Extractor

Blackheads are a form of clogged pores. Rather than using your fingers, you can use a blackhead extractor for quick, even suction that removes dirt and oil from clogged pores. These are available at the drugstore. They work especially well in sensitive areas around the lips.

Sterilize the extractor with rubbing alcohol or hydrogen peroxide first. Open up your pores by holding a warm, damp washcloth directly against your lips for several minutes. Place the ring of the extractor directly around the clogged pore, then press the ring gently from side to side until the dirt and oil are released. Wipe the skin clean with a warm washcloth. Finish by washing the lip area with a gentle cleanser.

Exfoliating Treatments

Make it a habit to exfoliate the skin around the lips to avoid blackheads. Do this three times a week in conjunction with extractions. You can make your own exfoliating scrub by combining one part vitamin E oil with one part sea salt or sugar. Or you can always use a store-bought scrub. Wet your face and apply a generous amount of the scrub. Gently massage it into your skin in circular motions, paying special attention to the clogged pores around the lips. Rinse your face thoroughly with warm water, then wash with a gentle facial cleanser.