I envy people who have rosy lips because I’ve had severe chapped lips for as long as i can remember. I tried exfoliating and applying lip balm for years but the condition remained the same. Instead of lipsticks i always use tinted lip balms and lip gloss to cover my chapped lips. I was doing everything right but it just doesn’t work. 🙁
The lip balm sometimes causes more peeling and some of them just sits on top which is really uncomfortable. Over the years, I even tried coconut oil, olive oil, ghee, and other home remedies too. Finally i just gave up. I comforted myself that i may have eczema lips and there is no treatment for it.
I read many websites and forums which suggested to use nipple crack cream for this. There were many people facing the same problem on the forum. But I couldn’t find those creams anywhere.
What Are The Causes Of Chapped Lips?
Chapped lips occur when the skin on the lips becomes very dry. The lips may hurt, crack, and even bleed in severe cases.
- Exposure to sun, wind, cold and dry air can be the causes of chapped lips.
- Breathing with your mouth open
- Licking your lips frequently
- Reaction to skincare and cosmetic products
- Vitamin Deficiency
- Various disorders like thyroid disorders, fungal infections, and autoimmune disorders can cause chapped lips. They also prevent healing or slow the whole process down.
In normal cases you can heal chapped lips quickly in less than a week by moisturising your lips with a good lip balm.
When i consulted the doctor for fatigue and brain fog, they checked my haemoglobin (CBC test). Even though i was taking iron and multivitamins, the result came back as low haemoglobin count. Doctor said that my body was not absorbing the vitamins and minerals due to deficiency of Vitamin B12 and Vitamin D.
I started taking the prescribed vitamins. Six months later, the blood levels came back as normal. You may have to continue the vitamins for some time depending on your results. Mine were too low so i have to continue for a year. My lips are all healed now. I still continue with my routine of exfoliating and applying a lip balm as always.
If you have tried everything and still have chapped lips and is not due to lip eczema, then it could be the deficiency of any of the below vitamins.
Lack of some vitamins, particularly B vitamins, may cause chapped lips. Vitamin B-2, also called riboflavin, is a B-complex vitamin that is needed for healthy hair, nails and skin, including your lips. Deficiency of vitamin B-2 may result in mouth or lip sores, according to the University of Maryland Medical Center. Good sources of riboflavin include dairy products, eggs, green leafy vegetables, beans, nuts and lean meats. Adults eating a 2,000-calorie diet and children over four years old require 1.7 milligrams of riboflavin.
Niacin, or vitamin B-3, is another B-complex vitamin needed for healthy skin. Insufficient dietary niacin, may result in dry, cracked lips, dermatitis and red, swollen tongue and mouth, according to the National Resource Center on Nutrition, Physical Activity and Aging. They recommend consuming 13 to 20 milligrams of niacin per day.
To get enough niacin in your diet, eat foods such as tuna, halibut, beef, pork, poultry, cereal grains, been, green leafy vegetables and milk.
Vitamin B-6 deficiency is also related to skin disorders, dermatitis and cracks at the corners of the mouth. To get enough B-6, also called pyridoxine, in your diet, Colorado State University recommends adult men and women up to age 50 should consume 1.3 milligrams per day.
Food sources of B-6 include meats, whole grains, legumes and green leafy vegetables.
Vitamin B12 can be found in animal liver, kidneys, beef, sardines, tuna and clams. Include these to prevent vitamin B12 deficiency. In case you are vegetarian, You may include fortified cereals, dairy and eggs in your diet. Deficiency in this vitamin may cause anaemia and other neurological disorders.
The National Resource Center on Nutrition, Physical Activity and Aging lists rough, dry skin, cracked lips and tongue among the signs of zinc deficiency. Your diet should provide 10 to 25 milligrams of zinc each day. Consuming 100 milligrams of zinc per day can be toxic.
Foods containing zinc include whole grains, beef, pork, turkey, beans, nuts and cheese.
This vitamin is related to drying of the skin and lips when consumed in excess. There are two sources of vitamin A, retinoids which comes from animal foods and carotenoids which comes from plants.
Foods high in vitamin A include dark-green leafy vegetables and yellow-orange fruits and vegetables, beef, calf and chicken liver, eggs and milk products.
Lip Balms And Lipsticks
L’Oreal Paris Color Riche Moist Matte Lip Color, I really love these lipsticks as they do not dry my lips. After trying so many brands this was the one that suited my chapped lips.
How To Prevent Chapped Lips?
Make sure to drink 10-12 glasses of water everyday. Increase your fluid intake as dehydration is one of the main causes of chapped lips and one which can be easily treated.
Have a balanced diet. Deficiencies in vitamins may be difficult to pinpoint while it also takes time to cure it.
Don’t lick or pull your peeling lips.
Use a soft bristled baby brush to exfoliate twice a day. Apply Vaseline on your lips before exfoliating.
After exfoliating apply a moisturising lip balm that has sun protection.
Use a lip balm with beeswax or petrolatum on your lips to help heal them quickly. Oil based lip balms will also protect your lips from further chapping. But in some cases it just sits on top making it uncomfortable though. It varies from person to person.
Try changing your toothpaste and lipstick brand just in case you are allergic to certain chemical ingredients in them.
Guaiazulene and sodium lauryl sulfate commonly known as SLS in some toothpaste may cause chapped lips or interfere with the effectiveness of other treatments.