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Mouth Acne? Here Are Some Common Causes And What To Do About It

Getting acne around your mouth can be embarrassing. There’s nothing worse than a breakout and not knowing the cause. But you don’t have to live in the dark when it comes to this kind of acne anymore. Your breakout can be caused by any number of factors. And we’re here to help. 

It’s important to break down what could be causing the breakout of mouth acne. That way, you can figure out how to help your skin clear up. While there’s no one-size-fits-all solution, there are issues that tend to come up that are quite common.

Today, we’re looking over the most common culprits that could be causing those pesky pimples to show up in the first place.

Common Causes of Mouth Acne

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Your Cell Phone

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When was the last time you wiped down your cell phone? No judgment here! A lot of us are bad about remembering to wipe it down. But, it’s a habit we should form. 

We interact with our phones a lot. We touch our screens which in turn get smushed against our faces. And our hands have been everywhere

Studies have shown that your cell phone’s screen can be a host to all kinds of harmful bacteria including S. aureus and E. coli

Make sure to sanitize your phone’s screen at least once a day. This can cut down on unexpected breakouts of acne around your mouth.

You’re Touching Your Face

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Speaking of your hands, are you in the habit of touching your face? Similar to the above, your hands are everywhere. Doorknobs, handles, buttons. We touch what a lot of other people have touched. 

And unfortunately, there’s no guarantee that everyone around you will be washing their hands.

If you touch your face, you’re likely to transfer that bacteria to your skin. This isn’t meant to turn you into a germaphobe. But try to get out of the habit of touching your face. 

If you absolutely can’t resist, get into the habit of washing and sanitizing your hands first. It’s not just for your skin’s health, it also stops you from becoming sick.

Your Pillowcase

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If you notice your mouth acne happens more on one side over the other, it might be your pillowcase. 

Let’s say you manage to catch a nap midday. More than likely you haven’t washed your face before lying down. So, your pillowcase can hold all the shed skin, sweat, and bacteria that your face has. 

Even if you wash your face at night and lie down, your pillow will push all of this back into your face. It’s recommended that you throw your pillowcases in the wash at least once a week. Make sure to throw them in with the rest of your laundry!

Your Hormones

If you notice acne around your mouth and chin specifically, it could be that your hormones are out of whack. The culprit could be a spike in androgens. Androgens cause an increase in your skin’s sebum which in turn can block pores and cause acne. 

And unfortunately, a lot of those oil glands are around the chin area.

Your hormones could fluctuate thanks to puberty, birth control, pregnancy, menopause, menstruation, or even PCOS (polycystic ovary syndrome). 

If you find the problem persists, schedule an appointment with your doctor and tell them your symptoms. They can help you identify if your acne is normal, or if there are any underlying concerns.

Your Products

Certain products can cause build-up or even breakout around your mouth and chin area. Anything from shaving cream to toothpaste. Even your lip balm may be the culprit. Make sure to check your lip products to make sure they don’t have skin-clogging ingredients. 

Especially when it comes to your lip products. A lot of lip balms are starting to include heavier oils. And if you’re a breakout-prone person, these can be clogging your pores. Avoid heavier oils like coconut oil.

You could also be having an allergic reaction to your products. Make sure to read the labels of your products carefully. 

If you know you have a sensitive skin type, always make sure to do a patch test before using. It could save you from future breakouts.

And if you notice a pattern with specific ingredients, it may be best to find an alternative that works best for you.

Suspect that your lip routine is the culprit of your mouth acne? Looking to switch up to something made specifically for breakout-prone and sensitive skin? 

If you’re looking for a replacement that’s made with all-natural ingredients that won’t clog your pores, check out our Perfect Pout Lip Kit. Our products always keep our breakout-prone friends in mind. No more worries about shifty ingredients or skin sensitivities. We keep you in mind while perfecting your pout and working to alleviate your mouth acne.

Our three-step Perfect Pout Kit contains an exfoliator, lip mask, and daily lip balm. Use them often and watch your lips transform into the soft, supple, glossy lips of your dreams.

When it comes to breakout-prone skin, check out our Clear Skin Kit. It’s formulated specifically with you in mind. Our four-step system, it’s perfect to use anytime, anywhere. And you don’t even need water to use it! 

It’s just what you need to clear up any embarrassing breakouts. Whether it’s mouth acne, your chin, or your t-zone, this product soothes, smooths, and heals.


Its curated ingredients target breakouts at their root without irritating your skin. It even works to heal scarring and give way to a clear, glowing complexion.

While mouth acne can be a source of embarrassment, it's easy enough to take care of. It's as simple as paying attention to your habits while keeping the right tools on your side.

With a few tweaks to your daily life and your skincare routine, you'll be back to clear skin in no time at all.

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