Most people get chapped lips from time to time. Dry, cracked or sore lips can interfere with many daily activities, such as smiling, kissing, eating and talking.
Lips may become chapped for a variety of reasons. These include:
- Exposure to wind, sun, and cold, dry air
- Obstructed breathing, such as in allergic rhinitis, which can force you to breathe through your mouth
- Contact dermatitis due to irritants or allergens in cosmetics or skin-care products
- Certain medications, such as those used to treat acne
- A habit of frequently licking your lips
To treat or prevent chapped lips, consider these tips:
- Use an oil-based lubricating cream, such as lip balm containing petrolatum or beeswax.
- Apply lip cream, balm or lipstick before going out in cold, dry weather. Reapply several times while outside.
- Choose a lip cream or balm that contains sunscreen. Sun exposure contributes to chapped lips.
- Avoid licking your lips. Saliva evaporates quickly, leaving lips drier than before you licked them.
- Avoid using a flavored lip balm, which can tempt you to lick your lips.
- Stay hydrated by drinking plenty of fluids. Dehydration can contribute to chapped lips.
- Use a humidifier at home to keep air moist.
If chapping is severe and self-care measures don't seem to help, consult your doctor. Rarely, persistent chapped lips may indicate an underlying problem, such as dermatitis.
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