Doctor insights on: Perpetually chapped lips
Lip eczema treatable: Persistent chapped lips is lip eczema, which can be treated like skin eczema, using Hydrocortisone cream plus vaseline or aquaphor to retain moisture. Sometimes, lipsticks or lip sunscreen chemicals are causing an allergic reaction on the lips. Other times, a person is a primary lip-licker (it's his habit). Once cracked, lips get irritated by routine foods and juices. A doctor can sort things out. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
I have had chapped lips for a couple of months and have a drawer full of every chap stick that is available for purchase. What is the best remedy?
Dry/sun/wind/licking: Chapped lips? Hydrate well- water is best. You can apply lip balms with beeswax base or oil base creams. Remember that lips require solar protection just like your skin – apply & reapply balms or creams with a minimum spf of 15. Going skiing? - protect from sun & windburn by covering with a scarf or a ski / snowboard face mask with visor. Dry air? - use a humidifier. Try not to lick your lips! ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Chapped lips is caused by the evaporation of moisture which leaves them dry and cracked. This can be caused by cold weather, wind, sun, mouth breathing, and certain medications.
Use of a good lip balm along with staying hydrated and protecting your lips from the elements should be helpful. ...Read more
Many things: First (and most difficult) is to stop licking them. You may think you are not but you may be very surprised. Often a vaseline type cover will help protect your lips and allow them to resolve. However, it is always possible that you have become sensitive to something you have already been using. Keep it simple if you don't get better you should see a dermatologist. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Fluid+moisterizer: Make sure you take in adequate amount of fluid regularly. Use of lip moisterizer/ointment may help. Avoid/minmize use of certain medication such as antihistamines and others having dry-mouth side-effects etc...If these fail, you may need to get it checked out by your doc... ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Two phase lip care: Chapped lips untreated can lead to scarring. Moisture is needed in the lips to prevent drying from wind and sun. Severe chapping is usually caused by trying to moisten lips with saliva. Saliva has digestive protien enzymes that will attack the lips. Treat in two steps. Moisten with water, pat dry with a tissue. Apply vasoline with a cotton swab. In 5 minutes pat off excess. Apply lip baum. Bid. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Chapped lips: Chapped lips are caused by dryness of the lips. Part of the underlying problem may be that you need to drink more water or fluids. Other than that, you will need to use something that will keep the lips moist. This could be as simple as vaseline or lip balm, medicated or not. Apply frequently until the lips are soft and supple and there is no more cracking. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
No Magic Balm: The good news is that area has fantastic blood supply and so healing occurs rapidly. Inflammation (red, hot, tender swelling) is the body increasing the blood flow to the injury to bring healing factors to the area and veins expand to carry bad stuff away. Lip balms are all essentially similar and so there is no magic balm. Avoid further trauma to the area. Let nature take it's course. ...Read more
Moisture: Chapped lips? Hydrate well- water is best. You can apply lip balms with beeswax base or oil base creams. Remember that lips require solar protection just like your skin – apply & reapply balms or creams with a minimum spf of 15. Going skiing? - protect from sun & windburn by covering with a scarf or a ski / snowboard face mask with visor. Dry air? - use a humidifier. Try not to lick your lips! ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer