6 Effective Home Remedies To Cure White Spots On Lips November 21, 2016

Whether you eat, speak, whistle, or kiss – you need your lips. They are an important means for you to communicate with everyone and everything around you. But, when an unpleasant white spot forms on the lip, you are bound to feel embarrassed. The best way to deal with this situation is to treat the white spot immediately and be your confident self again.

White spots on the lips can cause distress in most people. You constantly worry about their cause as you have heard too many rumors about how sexually transmitted diseases cause bumps on the lips. There is nothing to worry about. These white spots are common and harmless and can be gotten rid of easily at home.

We have the best home remedies for you in this article. However, let’s first understand what these white spots are and how they are caused.

What Are White Spots On The Lips?

These almost opaque to semi-transparent, yellowish white spots can develop on either of the lips or both of them. The bumps or spots can also form around the lip line. These are harmless and benign and are called Fordyce spots (1).

Irrespective of age and gender, Fordyce spots mostly occur on the lips. But, they might also appear on the genitals.

What Causes White Spots On The Lips?

These spots are caused by the abnormal secretion of sebum (oil) by the sebaceous glands present in the skin. The accumulated sebum acts as a breeding ground for bacteria, and this infection causes inflammation of the surrounding tissue. It is important to note that this is not a sexually transmitted infection (1).

There are several home remedies that can effectively treat Fordyce spots on the lips. But, before treating them at home, you must consult a specialist to eliminate the chance of these spots being a sign of a sexually transmitted disease. This is just to make sure that the white spots on your lips are indeed Fordyce spots.

[ Read: Get Rid of White Spots ]

Home Remedies To Get Rid Of White Spots On Lips

If the white spots on the lips are recognized as Fordyce spots, you can use the home remedies mentioned below to treat them.

  1. Garlic
  2. Apple Cider Vinegar
  3. Coconut Oil
  4. Jojoba Oil And Argan Oil
  5. Essential Oils
  6. Buttermilk

Cure White Spots On Lips Easily With These Natural Solutions

1. Garlic

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You Will Need
  • 2 garlic cloves
  • 200 ml water
  • 1-2 tablespoons lemon juice (optional)
What You Have To Do
  1. Crush the garlic cloves and blend with the water.
  2. Add lemon juice for flavor.
  3. Drink this before or after your meals.
How Often You Should Do This

Have 2-3 glasses in a day.

Why This Works

Garlic is known to decrease bacteria in the bloodstream. Thus, increasing the consumption of garlic will certainly help in reducing the Fordyce white spots. Garlic possesses many medicinal properties that help in eliminating these spots and maintaining oral hygiene (2).

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2. Apple Cider Vinegar

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You Will Need
  • A few drops of apple cider vinegar
  • A few drops of water
  • Cotton swab
What You Have To Do
  1. Mix equal quantities of ACV and water.
  2. Apply this mixture on the affected area with a cotton swab.
  3. Rinse with lukewarm water after a few minutes.

You can also add a tablespoon of ACV to a glass of cool water and drink this twice a day.

How Often You Should Do This

Repeat this no more than twice a week.

Why This Works

Apple cider vinegar has turned out to be effective in minimizing white spots on the lips. Its astringent and antibacterial properties will eliminate the bacteria and also bring about balance in the sebum secretion (3).

Caution

If you experience any burning sensation or irritation, rinse it off immediately and apply an ice cube on the area for a minute or two.

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3. Coconut Oil

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You Will Need
  • 2-3 tablespoons coconut oil
  • A few drops of lavender essential oil
What You Have To Do
  1. Add the essential oil to the coconut oil and mix well.
  2.  Using clean fingers, apply this oil on the affected area and let it sit for a couple of hours.

You can store the remaining oil mix in a small container.

How Often You Should Do This

Reapply twice a day.

Why This Works

Most often, this excess secretion of sebum that causes white spots is due to dehydrated and dry skin. Coconut oil moisturizes your skin and makes it healthy and smooth (4). It also possesses antimicrobial properties (5). The essential oil of lavender used in this remedy will soothe skin inflammation (6).

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4. Jojoba Oil And Argan Oil

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You Will Need
  • 1-2 drops argan oil
  • 1-2 drops jojoba oil
What You Have To Do
  1. Mix the oils and apply the blend all over your lips with a clean finger.
  2. Let the oil stay for 8-10 minutes. Then, rinse with water.
How Often You Should Do This

Apply this twice or thrice a day.

Why This Works

Jojoba oil is rich in vitamin E and pore-tightening compounds that nourish the skin on the lips and around it and also shrink the pores that were producing excess sebum (7, 8). Argan oil is an easily absorbed oil that helps in balancing the oil production of the skin (9).

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5. Essential Oils

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You Will Need
  • 2-3 drops benzoin oil
  • 2-3 drops tea tree oil
  • 2-3 drop cabreuva oil
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon Scotch pine essential oil
What You Have To Do
  1. Blend all the oils.
  2. Apply this mixture on the white spots on your lips. Allow it to dry for a couple of minutes.
  3. Finally, clean with lukewarm water and a gentle antibacterial cleansing soap.
How Often You Should Do This

Repeat once or twice every day until the white spots go away.

Why This Works

Benzoin oil relieves dryness and soreness of the lips (10). Tea tree oil is a wide-spectrum antimicrobial agent that will kill any microbes that may have settled in the white spots (11). While these oils relieve symptoms and sterilize the area, cabreuva oil promotes healing and prevents the formation of any scar tissue (12).

Caution

Skip the benzoin oil from the mix if you have sensitive skin. Also, if you have not previously used any of the essential oils mentioned, please do a patch test before using them as a remedy for white spots on lips.

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6. Buttermilk

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You Will Need
  • Buttermilk
  • Cotton ball
What You Have To Do
  1. Dip the cotton ball in the buttermilk and apply it on the lips.
  2. Let it dry naturally. Rinse with water.
How Often You Should Do This

You can repeat this a few times during the day.

Why This Works

Buttermilk soothes the inflammation and irritation caused by the Fordyce spots on your lips. It is also an astringent (13).

You can use any of the above-mentioned home remedies to treat white spots on the lips effectively. Make sure you are not allergic to any of the ingredients before using them. Apart from these remedies, there are also a few other tips you can follow to treat this ailment more quickly.

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A Few Suggestions To Cure White Spots On Lips

  • Drinking juices from sour fruits like lemon, orange, etc. will help in reducing the spots.
  • If you notice white spots on the lips, quit applying chemical products instantly. Even if they are detected to be the innocuous Fordyce spots, it is best to avoid using chemical lip items to make sure the issue does not worsen.
  • Do not allow your lips to become dry and dehydrated. This will reduce the white spots quickly. Constantly licking your lips will dehydrate them. The microorganisms in the mouth may further intensify the issue. Hence, avoid licking your lips.
  • Use scrubs like sugar granules on the lips once or twice a week. This will reduce the appearance of the white spots by eliminating the upper dead cells of the lips. Gently scrub your lips because the epidermis on the lips is incredibly sensitive.
  • By consuming more folic acid supplements with your food, you can reduce the appearance of white patches on the lips. You can obtain folic acid products in any pharmacy. Consume them on a regular basis to reduce the spots on the lips faster.
  • Incorporating vitamins A, D, B complex, C, K, and E in your regular diet will accelerate the elimination of Fordyce spots on the lips. Some examples of foods rich in the above-mentioned nutrients and vitamins are green leafy vegetables, yogurt, and lentils.
  • These spots are not due to poor oral hygiene. Even though you follow proper oral hygiene, you may acquire Fordyce spots. However, it is essential to be cautious regarding oral hygiene as soon as you notice these spots. Always keep your mouth clean.

This article lists the best home remedies for dealing with white spots on the lips. There are also permanent remedies that are successful in getting rid of white spots on the lips (other than Fordyce spots) as well. These treatments include vaporizing laser therapy and chemical peels. However, you need to consult a professional before opting for these treatments, and they are extremely expensive too.

If you know any more remedies for white spots on lips, do not forget to share them with us.

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  • http://www.stylecraze.com/ StyleCraze

    Hi Lyra, it is important to quit using chemical products such as lipsticks to cure a white spot. Allow the spots to be there as it is, to cure them. Also follow any of the above mentioned methods for the complete cure. Incorporate healthy food items which are rich in Vitamin A, Vitamin D, Vitamin B complex, Vitamin C, Vitamin K and Vitamin E in your diet. Hope you find these tips to be of use to you!

  • http://www.stylecraze.com/ StyleCraze

    Hi Maria, it is true that Fordyce spots are visible sebaceous glands that are present in most individuals and no treatment is therefore required unless the individual has cosmetic concerns. The above mentioned remedies are for the individual who would like to make these spots less visible.