August 10, 2012 1:25 PM Subscribe
How can I treat painful hormonal lip-line acne?
posted by town of cats to Health & Fitness (7 answers total) 2 users marked this as a favorite
I recently quit taking birth control. Since then, every month before and during my period, I've had constant, painful acne pustules around my lips, right on the line between the lip and the rest of my face. They start as a painful cyst for a few days and eventually emerge to the surface. I remember this happening during my teens too, now that it's going on again, but I've been on BC for almost a decade and had completely forgotten that this was an issue for me once upon a time. It's really terrible - it looks like there's food stuck on my face since it's a big white blemish near my mouth, and it hurts a lot. I'd say I get three to five of these per cycle, which is about six too many :\
In general my skin is annoying but not prescription-strength annoying. I took Accutane as a teenager and while my skin isn't Accutane-perfect anymore, it definitely isn't at the level where I think most docs would be down to prescribe anything, especially given this is only going on for about a week of every month.
I definitely take care of my skin and spend a lot of time and money trying to avoid acne, but this lip-line stuff is tricky since I don't really want salicylic acid or BP on the more sensitive skin of my lips. I have been icing the papules at night trying to at least get the swelling to go down, but the effect is limited. Has anyone found any product or routine that was effective in treating lip-line hormonal acne in particular?