Lips are muscles covered with mucus and skin in its different layers. The outer layer is very thin and as a result, extremely sensitive to external agents.
They also have an intricate blood vessel system. This is exactly why any injuries in this area tend to bleed considerably and change into various shades of red.
What are those cracks around your lips?
The cracks that we see on our lips are small injuries in the fine folds of our lips and lip corners. Their location explains why they tend to be quite uncomfortable and painful.
They appear for various reasons. Generally, they form because of dry climates with low temperatures.
In other cases, another factor could be the habit of using lip moisturizers or even biting them.
To add on, lips might dry out because of the following reasons as well:
- Lack of vitamins and minerals
- Malnutrition or dehydration
- Weak immune system
The causes of chapped lips can vary. So, in today’s article, we’d like to share some simple but efficient remedies that can help you treat them and prevent discomfort.
Note: If the problem appears constantly, you should make an appointment with your doctor because there’s a possibility that you might have angular cheilitis or some kind of lip infection originating from fungus, bacteria or a virus.
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Remedies for treating chapped lips
To treat chapped lips successfully, you need to know what caused them to dry out in the first place.
On the same note, it’s important to:
- Keep your lips and the corners of your lips dry
- Apply moisturizing balms
- Avoid rubbing or opening your mouth too frequently
- Cut out the habit of licking your lips
Too much moisture is a factor that causes chapped lips. However, keeping your body hydrated is essential for preventing your lips from drying out.
You should drink 10 to 12 cups of water a day in order to stay hydrated.
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A shortage of vitamin Bs and iron can be a cause of chapped lips.
Keeping that in mind, you should eat foods that contain those nutrients such as:
- Leafy greens
- Milk and its derivatives
In addition, you should eat vitamins A and E. These vitamins keep skin healthy and cure wounds, including lip wounds.
Among the foods that you should be eating are the following:
Another great option is taking vitamin supplements. However, you should consult your doctor before adding them to your diet in order to prevent possible side-effects.
Use aloe vera
In several of our articles, we’ve talked about how useful aloe vera is thanks to its medicinal properties.
- In order to apply it, you should rub a little gel into the chapped area.
- Afterwards, leave it on for 15 to 20 minutes and then, wash off the area with warm water.
However, if you’re planning to go out into the sun, you should use some kind of lip moisturizer with sun protection.
In many cases, lipped aren’t chapped because of an infection, but rather, simply because they’re dehydrated.
It’s very important to keep the area clean by avoiding touching your lips with your hands. You should follow these measures to avoid infecting wounds and allow them to heal by themselves.
Furthermore, you should avoid licking your lips. If you want to clean the area, using a clean napkin will be much more hygienic.
On top of everything, not sharing cosmetics and directly applying any kind of lip product are essential when you already have an infection.
In the case of infection, it’s likely that the product has already been infected. As a result, using it would only make the problem worse.
- If you use any kind of lip product, you should remove it at night with a cotton ball dabbed in some lotion or makeup remover and apply a little oil onto your lips before sleeping.
- Long-lasting or indelible lip products dry out skin even more. Keeping that in mind, try to use them only from time to time.
In addition, you should take special care when cleaning and brushing your teeth and tongue.
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Petroleum jelly, coconut oil, cacao butter, shea butter or even essential oil based lip balms make for a very natural and simple option to keep your lips hydrated.
To use them, make sure to use clean fingers to apply the balm onto your lips. By doing so, you can keep your balm clean.
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