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Connie Loaiza

Why Aren't My Lips Moisturized?

2 min read

The feeling of dry skin is bad, but the feeling of dry, chapped lips is even worse. You just want to rock that red lipstick, but the cracking is ruining it.  In comparison to other parts of the face, the lips have it rough, literally. Common symptoms of chapped lips include lip:

  • dryness,
  • flaking,
  • scales,
  • sores,
  • swelling,
  • cracks,
  • or bleeding.

Lips don’t contain oil glands like other parts of the skin. For this reason, the lips are more susceptible to drying out and becoming chapped. There are a couple of reasons why your lips are peeling off.

1. You lick your lips.

We think that when we wet our lips, it becomes moist. But notice that soon after licking them, they feel dry again. This turns into a continuing cycle of lip-dehydration, since saliva evaporates, more moisture from the lips escapes, making them even drier than before.

2. You're dehydrated.

Dry lips is one of the signs of more widespread body dehydration. If you don’t drink enough during the day, your lips may become dry. Dry, cracked lips have also been associated with a deficiency of certain B vitamins.

3. You don't protect them.

Our lips, just like our skin, can be damaged by the sun. Look for a lip balm that has sun block in it for extra protection. Also, you can keep your lips moisturized all the way through the day with petroleum jelly or beeswax will help to keep them from drying out, too.

4. You use the wrong toothpaste.

Many types of toothpaste contain the ingredient called sodium lauryl sulfate, and reports in popular media point out this ingredient to be irritating enough to cause dryness and chapping of the lips.

In most cases, cracked lips are not caused by a serious condition and do not pose any health risks. If your dry lips have been long-term, there are lots of natural remedies that can be used to treat it, but if chapping is severe and doesn't respond to treatment at home, consult your doctor. Rarely, persistent chapped lips may indicate an underlying problem.