Oftentimes, dry skin around the mouth is attributed to dehydration or being exposed to extreme weather conditions such as very cold temperatures or very dry weather conditions. There are other causes though. You may have an allergy or skin condition.
Some dry lip conditions are temporary while others are ongoing. If yours is ongoing, you may want to see a dermatologist.
Dry lip causes
As explained above there are different causes for dry lips. Let’s have a look at them in detail:
Climate change: Some people get dry lips when there is climate change. The lips could get dry when the temperatures get very cold or when the weather gets windy or dry.
Skin conditions: There are skin conditions such as eczema and psoriasis that result in dry lips.
Allergies or irritation: Exposure to certain makeup products, soaps, or dental products could result in dry lips for some.
Overexposure to the sun can also have a drying effect on the lips.
Medications: Some medications may cause your lips to dry.
Birth control pills: Different people have different side effects to birth control pills, your dry lips may be attributed to the birth control pills you take.
Bacterial or fungal infections can also result in dry lips.
In case you have eczema and are using steroids then the topical steroids may be the cause for your dry lips.
Contact dermatitis which may be as a result of getting in contact with things such as fragrance, menthol, or mint may also be to blame.
Last but not least, if you are fond of licking your lips then you may be ridding it of essential moisture. As a result, you may end up with dry lips.
How to treat dry lips
The cause for the dry lips will determine the treatment.
- Avoid over washing the lip area as this can cause dry lips. Instead, you should consider using gentle soaps or cleansers to gently clean the area. Steer clear of products with fragrances, alcohols, artificial colors, or any other drying agents.
- Try exfoliation to get rid of old cells and expose new, healthy skin. Be careful not to over-exfoliate (once a week will do).
- Keep the area moisturized. Lookout for moisturizers rich in ingredients such as ceramides, hyaluronic acid, or colloidal. You may also make use of natural moisturizers such as shea butter, coconut oil, pure aloe vera gel, or sunflower seed oil.
- Finding toothpaste that won’t irritate may not be easy. However, you can curb the side effects by using a gentle cleanse to wash your mouth after brushing your teeth, thereafter, apply a moisturizer.
- Go for a fragrance-free petroleum-based product on your lips.
- If you smoke, you may want to control your smoking to curb dry skin.
In case the remedies listed above don’t work and you see no improvements in your conditions, then it may be time to visit a dermatologist. The dermatologists will have some tests done and look into your history to determine the cause and possible treatment.Please share and like: