How to Exfoliate Lips: 3 Easy Methods That Work

Peace Adekoya
5 min readDec 29, 2021

Tired of going about with chapped lips? I understand. Not only are chapped lips pretty uncomfortable, but they may also lead to the formation of dark patches on your lips. Worst of all, they are also unsightly and embarrassing. Therefore, I am here to guide you on how to exfoliate your lips.

You must be familiar with the exfoliation of the skin on the face and body, but exfoliating the lips may seem new to you. Just as exfoliation is an important step in the skincare routine to help rid the skin of dead skin cells, it is important to exfoliate the lips as well.

Exfoliating your lips will help to remove dead cells from your lip, smoothing and keeping your lips moisturized. This will help to reduce irritation and dryness on your lips, while also making them soft.

Read ahead to find out how to exfoliate your lips, along with what exfoliating your lips will do to improve their appearance and feel.

How to Exfoliate Your Lips

Having dry lips can be uncomfortable because it makes your lips feel rough even after applying lip balm on them. Exfoliating your lips is the best way to get rid of dead skin cells and food particles buildup on your lips.

Doing this will help to restore your lips’ natural texture and it will even make your lips pop. Here are the best ways to exfoliate and keep your lips looking smooth and gorgeous.

1. Exfoliate Using Toothbrush

When there is a build-up of dead skin cells and flakes on your lips, your lips will become chapped and can even get blisters. This is when your toothbrush comes in to save the day. Using a toothbrush may not seem like a reasonable idea, but it’s very much effective, safe, and affordable.

This will help to stimulate the development of new skin cells on your lips. This results from sloughing off sticky, flaky dead tissues, or buildup of food particles from the surface of your lips. You can achieve this using a toothbrush, toothpaste, and water.

How to do it:

  • Remove dirt from the surface of your lips by cleansing it with water.
  • Wet your toothbrush with water.
  • Squirt out a pea-sized amount of the toothpaste on the brush.
  • Use the toothpaste on the brush to scrub your lips gently.
  • Do this in small circular motions.
  • Use cool clean water to rinse the paste out.
  • Pat your lips dry and apply your favorite lip balm to moisturize your lips.

You can use this method once or twice weekly to exfoliate your lips without stripping them of their natural oils.

2. Use a Ready-Made Lip Scrub

The skin covering the lips is the thinnest layer of skin on the body. Therefore, they are prone to getting dry and developing other issues easily when you don’t care for them properly. Using a good lip scrub is a good way to treat your lips to a softer and smoother look and feel.

Using this exfoliant will help to remove dry flakes and skin cells build up on your lips. To do this, get yourself a lip scrub that works best for you. While you do this, avoid ones that contain harsh ingredients such as alcohol, parabens, or camphor.

How to use it:

  • Start by rinsing dirt off your lips with clean water.
  • Take out a little amount of the scrub and apply it to your lips.
  • Gently rub it on your lips in a circular motion, using your fingers.
  • Do this until there is no product left on the surface of your lips.
  • Rinse your lips with cool water to rove remnants of the product on your lips.
  • Apply lip balm or a moisturizer to nourish and hydrate your lips.

SEE: How to Cure Chapped Lips: Effective Natural Remedies and Preventive Measures

3. Exfoliate Using a DIY Sugar Scrub

If you are scared of getting a commercial lip scrub because it may contain harmful chemicals, this is for you. You can make your lip scrub at the comfort of your home.

All you need are a few items that can be gotten from your kitchen. Sugar scrubs are gentle on the skin while helping to get rid of dead skin cells and other buildups on the surface of the lips.

Here’s how to make and use a DIY lip scrub to exfoliate your lips.

How to Make a DIY Lip Scrub

Below are ingredients you will need to make your lip scrub:

  • Brown or white sugar
  • Honey
  • Coconut oil

How to do it:

  • Dish out two tablespoons each of sugar and honey into a bowl.
  • Add a tablespoon of coconut oil into it as well.
  • Mix the ingredients thoroughly till they are well blended.

How to use it:

  • Cleanse your lips and apply a little scrub on your lips.
  • Gently rub it on your lips in a circular motion for about 2 to 3 minutes.
  • Rinse it out using lukewarm water.
  • Apply a lip balm or moisturizer on your lips to seal in moisture.

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Why do you have dry lips?

The reason behind dry lips varies. It could be because of harsh climate conditions, smoking, licking of lips, or harmful lips products.

It is important to exfoliate your lips to rid your lips of dead skin cells. This will help to reduce flakiness and dryness.

How often should you exfoliate my lips?

Twice a week. Exfoliating your lips once or twice weekly is enough to keep your lips healthy.

Over-exfoliating your lips will cause your lips to dry out because it will strip your lips of their natural oils. This may lead to your lips getting chapped.

Can exfoliating make your lips pink?

Yes, it can. A good way to remove the dirt making your skin look dull is by exfoliating your lips. This will help to rejuvenate your lips, making them look soft, plump, and pink.


Exfoliating your lips is the best way possible to rid your skin of flakiness and dead skin build-up on your lips or the corners of your mouth. It will help to give your lips a fresh look and feel.

Therefore, if you are experiencing extreme skin problems such as cracking, bleeding, or blistering around your lips, ensure that you consult your doctor to be sure that your lips are not infected.

Thanks for reading.

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Peace Adekoya

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