Cracked lips are a common issue that fortunately have a simple solution.
Cracked lips can make eating, drinking or smiling painful. This condition is known as angular cheilitis and it is more common than you would like it to be.
Fortunately, cracking lips usually disappear on their own after a few days. However, if you can’t wait that long, or if they get worse, try some of the following natural remedies to speed up the healing.
Causes of cracked lips
You shouldn´t when noticing some cracks around your lips. A lot of people experience this occasionally, and there is a solution for them. Generally, cracked lips are caused by some types of fungus, bacteria or virus. Although, other common causes are:
- Deficient diet
- Excessive dryness
- Zinc or iron deficiency
- Overexposure to sun or heat
- Immune system disorders
- Antibiotic usage around your mouth
- Lip products or toothpaste allergies
Normally cracked lips caused by one of the aforementioned causes, tend to disappear after six weeks. Below, we will show you the best natural remedies for you to get rid of them and say goodbye to the discomfort.
1. Olive oil
Olive oil hydrates and has disinfectant properties. It is recommended to use virgin or extra virgin olive oil in order to assure not putting your skin in contact with other chemicals.
- 10 drops of olive oil
- 1 cotton ball
Damp the cotton ball with olive oil and apply on the area around your lips at night. Let it sit and rinse with cold water the following morning. You will initially see results within a week.
Another natural remedy that helps getting of cracked lips is a definite home ingredient: honey. It works perfectly to heal cracks caused by bacterial infections. Honey also helps soothe skin.
- 1 teaspoon of honey
- 1 cotton swab
Swipe the cotton swap with honey and apply it on the cracks. Let it sit and then rinse with cold water. Repeat twice a day and you will notice changes after the first week.
3. Coconut oil
Coconut oil is a fantastic remedy for getting rid of cracked lips caused by dryness.
After using this remedy for three days, you will notice significant improvement. However, we recommend using it for at least one week. Once the cracks are gone, apply the coconut oil every now and then. Preferably, once a month.
- 1 cotton swab
- 1 teaspoon of coconut oil
Swipe the cotton swab with oil and apply it. Let it dry and don’t wash it off. Apply two or three times daily if the problem is severe.
4. Aloe vera gel
Aloe vera gel is another great option to painlessly and effortlessly get rid of cracked lips. We recommend choosing an organic gel or getting the gel yourself straight from the plant. This gel has antibacterial and antifungal properties. Choose this remedy when your cracked lips are caused by an infection.
- 1 teaspoon of cold aloe vera
- 1 cotton swab
Swipe the cotton swab with aloe vera gel and apply it on the cracks. Let it sit for a while. There is no need washing it off. You can apply this remedy two or three times daily.
5. Papaya pulp
Papaya are rich in enzymes that hydrate and balance your skin tone. Try this remedy if you have been dealing with cracked lips with discoloration for a while. In just a month, you will reduce the discoloration and hydrate the area around your lips.
- 1 3 cm piece of papaya
- 1/2 teaspoon of honey
Mix both ingredients until you get a paste. Apply on cracks and then cover your lips with a towel. Let it sit for 20 minutes and then rinse with cold water.
6. Coconut and rose lip balm
This remedy is quite easy to carry around and it helps eliminate cracked lips in a short period of time.
- 1/8 cup of coconut oil
- 1/4 cup of bee wax
- 1/8 cup of shea butter
- 6 ChapStick tubes
- 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract
- 1/4 cup of rose petals (fresh)
- 1 teaspoon of sweet almond oil
Put all ingredients – – except for the petals – – in a small double boiler. Heat ingredients in the microwave for 30 seconds or until it becomes a liquid. Add the rose petals and mix well. Pour the mixture into the ChapStick tubes. Put the mixture in the fridge so it solidifies. Use this remedy anytime you need it.
Obviously, there is a solution for cracked lips. Apply these natural remedies every time you need to and get that beautiful smile back on your face.