Many of us find ourselves with chapped lips in extreme weather. For others, this can remain a problem at any time of year, causing prolonged discomfort. If you would like to find out how to prevent dry, chapped and cracked lips, keep reading!
To start, it’s a good idea to recognize some signs of chapped or cracked lips. (You may be showing a number of them, too!)
Common signs include:
- Bleeding from the corners of the mouth
- A painful smile
- Lips that begin to crack or peel
- Sensitive lips
- Frequent licking of the lips
- Open sores on lips
Luckily, there are habits you can adopt to try and reduce some of these symptoms.
What you can do:
- Stay hydrated: make sure you are drinking at least 8 glasses of water per day
- Avoid alcohol: alcohol consumption can lead to dehydration, making it harder for your body to absorb water
- Don’t lick your lips: saliva dries out lips – moisture is removed as saliva evaporates from the lips
- Be wary of cosmetic products such as flavoured lip balms: avoid balms or ointments that contain petrolatum (to lock in moisture) and dimethicone (to seal cracks in dry lips)
- Eat well: a lack of vitamins, such as Vitamin A, B, C, B2 and E, can be a cause of cracked lips
- Don’t bite your lips: while it may be tempting, biting on peeling lips can cause further damage
If your problems persist, it’s always a good idea to consult your doctor. Our team can provide you with more suggestions on maintaining healthy lips during routine check-ups and cleanings, so don’t be afraid to ask for help!