How to Treat* Dry Cracked Lips?

Dry Cracked Lips
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Dry cracked lips are unfortunately something most of us will experience more than once in our lifetime. This article discusses the causes and treatment to this annoying lip condition.

What are Dry Cracked Lips?

What we all know as dry cracked lips can also be related to chapped lips or cheilitis. Your lips will probably start off with chapped lips but this will eventually evolve into cracking or inflammation of the lip (usually the lower lip) area. This is usually a common and easily treatable condition however this may become more serious and chronic. According to Devinder Thappa, a clinical pediatric dermatologist, if chronic, dry cracked lips will progress to crusting and even bleeding.

What Causes Dry Cracked Lip?

The more common cause of dry lips is the weather. Be it winter, when it’s too cold and too windy or summer when your lips become too exposed to the sun, the weather may have something to do with your lips cracking up.

However, dry cracked lips may also be a sign of a more serious condition which is why it is always important to have a dermatologist look into it when it becomes recurring and chronic. Cracked lips may be a symptom of a more serious infection. For older people, ill fitting dentures may also cause this condition.

What is The Best Way to Fix Dry Cracked Lips?

The best and most convenient way to fix cracked lips is to moisturize them properly. Lip balms which contain natural moisturizers such as beeswax and vitamin E will greatly help in the restoration of your lip area. Petroleum jelly has also been known to be an effective fix for cracked lips.

Tips For Dry Cracked Lips

The number one rule when it comes to cracked lips is to never and we mean never pick at it. Resist the urge to bite off flakes of dried up skin or even pulling it off as this can result in your lips bleeding out. Another tip would be to not lick your lips when they are cracked. Although this will give you a temporary relief*, your saliva not only contains bacteria that could worsen the condition but it also dries up your lips even more once your saliva evaporates. The better* option would be to always have some lip balm with you just in case your lips start to feel awfully dry every now and then.

Treatment for Dry Cracked Lips

The best treatment for dry cracked lips would be to have them checked out by your dermatologist. Although most cases of cracked lips are attributable to the weather, and can easily be treated by proper moisturization and a good balanced diet, some instances will point to a more serious condition. Doctors will usually recommend special ointments and cream to help.

Once you have ruled out more serious conditions as the reason for your cracked lips and you find out your cracked lips are of a more common variety, these tips will help you get back your healthy and luscious lips in no time.

  • Drink Plenty of Water.
  • Make sure you are getting enough vitamins and supplements needed to maintain the health of your lips. According to the Columbia University Student Health Services, a sufficient amount of vitamins such as B12, B6 and B2 are needed by your lips.
  • Constant moisturization using lip balms and petroleum jelly will not only give you temporary relief* but will also lock in much needed moisture.
  • If you’re more of the organic type, then all natural moisturizing agents such as honey, beeswax, aloe vera gel and coconut oil will do wonders for your lips.

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Expert Author : Andrea Moore (Consumer Health Digest)

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