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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 more
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 more
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
Topical moisteners: Cahpped lips are dry and lack water/oil on the surface. There are many otc preparations such as carmex and chapstick which are quite effective. It might take a couple of days of application to treat this. ...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 more
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 more
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 more
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 more
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 more
Hydration: The best prevention for chapped lips is hydration (of your entire body, not just your lips) - i.e. drink lots of water. An exfoliating lip balm (like a sugar scrub) can help to get rid of the dry skin. After that you can use a moisturizing lip balm. Be sure it has SPF, as sun burn can also look like "chapped" lips. ...Read more
Chapped lips: Lip balm is most effective. Use your favorite variety, chapstick, blistex or carmex. Don't recommend lipstick. Can use vaseline, too, but you have to apply quite often. Try not to lick your lips, too because this has a drying effect. ...Read more
Grease!: Chapped lips occurs with licking lips, being exposed to wind, heat and cold and drying and cracking occurs. Use a form of grease! Vaseline, any petrolatum product or oil there are many many products at your local pharmacy or big box store to treat chapped lips with. There is a good joke that goes with chapped lips but I will spare you! ...Read more
Chapped lips: Its hard to tell why you have "extremely" chapped lips and it may be related to a medical condition that requires evaluation by your dermatologist. You need to protect your lips from dryness and may apply petroleum, lip balms or antibiotic ointment. Also, avoid extreme temperature until fully healed. ...Read more
There are several reasons to have peeling lips. Irritation or allergy from lip balms or lipstick is common. Avoid these products until resolved. 1% Hydrocortisone ointment two to four times daily often works within 7 to 10 days. If not, seek medical attention.
Precancerous and cancers can cause localized scaling. ...Read more
Keep moisturized: With vaseline or aquaphor, stay away from anything medicated or scented. ...Read more
Chapped lips: Use an over the counter ointment on them. You can even use Bacitracin but it does not taste that good. Blistex has a cream and an ointment as well. You have to use this around the clock to get the dryness out of the lip. Also protect the face from the drying wind when you are outside. Good luck and feel better. ...Read more
Coconut Oil: Apply Coconut Oil (available from health food store) several times daily, as needed. ...Read more
I have severely chapped lips what can I do help them. I tend to start picking the dryness off my lips, what can I put on them.?
Lubricant: Chapped lip s are treated with Chapstick or lip balm to protect as allow them to heal this is usually made of petrolatum which is also called Vaseline Simalar beeswax or oil and vitamin E can be mixed in with petrolatum to protect chapped lips from the elements that cause dry cracking lips ...Read more