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"Whiteheads" embedded in lips?
« on: Saturday January 22, 2005, 12:03:01 AM »
I cannot figure out what these are. They are like tiny whiteheads deep within my lip, that some can actually be popped (must push very hard) like a traditional zit. There are hundreds of them and they discolor my lips. Also, I have severely dry lips. My only solution is to scrub them in the shower and then apply Aquaphor to keep them moist. I think that these zitlike things might have something to do with that, but thats an uneducated guess. Can someone help me out?


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Re: "Whiteheads" embedded in lips?
« Reply #1 on: Saturday January 22, 2005, 12:26:42 AM »
Hi Helpme and welcome to skincell :hi:
Sorry cant offer any advice but hopefuly somebody will be able to help you.Have you been to see a doctor or a derm?
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« Reply #2 on: Saturday January 22, 2005, 12:28:08 AM »
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Re: "Whiteheads" embedded in lips?
« Reply #3 on: Saturday January 22, 2005, 01:29:32 AM »
Welcome, helpme!! :hi:

That's very odd. I sometimes get blackheads on the tip-top of my lips, like right where the pink part meets the fleshy part. But I have to agree with Ian... a doctor or derm (preferably the latter, if possible) would be the best.
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Re: "Whiteheads" embedded in lips?
« Reply #4 on: Saturday January 22, 2005, 03:13:34 AM »
Hi helpme

A warm welcome to the forum.  This could be a fungal problem, but I think some of our members have similar problems.  I am sure they will be along to offer some advice.  I know Nati has similar problem?

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Re: "Whiteheads" embedded in lips?
« Reply #5 on: Saturday January 22, 2005, 04:38:48 AM »
:hi: helpme

I would also suggest you make an appointment to see a doctor or a dermatologist on what this could be.  Like Bamawing, I get blackheads on the edge of my lips but not actually on/within my lips.  I'm not so sure about scrubbing your lips though as usually any kind of scrubbing is no good if you have a skin condition or if it's infected etc. 
As for applying Aquaphor on your lips, I really don't know if it could be a possible cause of the whiteheads/zits but you should definitely bring this up with the doctor/derm.
Good luck and let us know how you get on.
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Re: "Whiteheads" embedded in lips?
« Reply #6 on: Saturday January 22, 2005, 04:44:14 AM »
:hi: helpme,

  Interesting screenname :)

  Nati has something called Cheilitis which affects the lips sometimes as you described... I would consult a dermatologist to be sure, but in the meantime you can investigate the Cheilitis possibility by looking around for pics, etc... Try Dermatlas or www.dermnetnz.org

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Re: "Whiteheads" embedded in lips?
« Reply #7 on: Saturday January 22, 2005, 09:14:15 AM »
the Cheilitis doesn't seem to be it according to its decription. I have no swelling or other symptoms

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Re: "Whiteheads" embedded in lips?
« Reply #8 on: Sunday January 23, 2005, 04:37:09 PM »
:hi: helpme

welcome to the forum. could you be possibly having an allergic reaction to something you're putting on?

i say this become i'm allergic to nickel, and one evening i was chewing absent mindedly on something while i was studying, and my lips ended up getting this small tiny clusters of clear pustules all over the place. this kept repeating itself until i realized finally what was causing it.


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Re: "Whiteheads" embedded in lips?
« Reply #9 on: Sunday January 23, 2005, 05:21:00 PM »
It could quite possibly be the metal in my retainers. Before that, it was the braces. I know its not the aquaphor, because these things have been here a lot longer than I have been using this product for

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Re: "Whiteheads" embedded in lips?
« Reply #10 on: Sunday January 23, 2005, 05:29:59 PM »
i turned allergic bascially overnight, so you never know!

retainer huh? that's a good thought! i was told by my dentist that alot of nickel products unfortunantley are used in dental things...not huge amounts, and usually supposed to be a very minute amount that's tolerable by individuals with allergy's...but since you just never know, he's been totally careful with using things with me. i have a retainer, but haven't worn it in years...or else i could have had a better answer for you.
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Re: "Whiteheads" embedded in lips?
« Reply #12 on: Wednesday February 09, 2005, 12:27:00 AM »
Could be Fordyce Spots???

http://dermatlas.med.jhmi.edu/derm/IndexDisplay.cfm?ImageID=-1326751889

Creepy lookin, but gettin closer.
I may have a variation of that. My spots arn't bumpy, as large as those, or yellow.

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Re: "Whiteheads" embedded in lips?
« Reply #13 on: Monday March 14, 2005, 04:25:45 AM »
MILIA

The same thing as happens on the rest of your face.  Little white blobs. I used to squeeze the ones on my lips until I realized it just made a big painful mess.  Mine don't appear to be a problem.
By the way, I have the same spots on my inner genital skin...Don't go looking up other women's skirts and porno women certainly arent to be compared to, so I just kind of assumed that they were sort of normal..

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« Reply #14 on: Wednesday March 16, 2005, 09:57:57 PM »
Hi there,

Do they stay along time if you leave them alone?  I have them on my lips and nose (wings and on the inside) and now on my eyelids.  They stay forever unless I pop them.  They aren't like whiteheads and I have to take a sterile pin and make a path for the stuff to come out and it's a really solid lump.  Yuck. 

I had this all over my arms as a kid too, it left wholes where ever I popped them, like chicken pox scars.

Anyway, after many years, I finally realize I get these from eating dairy.  I can literaly grow these during the meal. Yuck.  Sigh.

If you think it's possbily food allergy ask about an Elisa test.

Good luck!

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Re: "Whiteheads" embedded in lips?
« Reply #15 on: Wednesday March 16, 2005, 10:12:45 PM »
Hey there,
yes, they stay for a long time, i.e. permanent. They're in clusters so I cannot really tell you much more than that, as to whether they dissapear and reappear.
It is damn near impossible to pop them, and extremely painful to try. I don't get them anywhere but my lips.

I've never thought about a food allergy. But when I finally make it to a dermatologist, I'll bring it up.