Why are My Lips so Dry? | 9 Best Ways to Heal Chapped Lips


In today's episode, I’m going over the question.....

Why are My Lips so Dry? | 9 Best Ways to Heal Chapped Lips

I'm Dr. Anna and In the next few minutes you are going to learn…

The most common reasons for dry/chapped lips and 9 best practices to help them heal.Head over to www.mysmilegenius.com to get my Free Dry Mouth eBook and other resources to help with dry mouth.

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What are dry/chapped lips?

Chapped lips are caused by inflammation (cheilitis) in the lips that can be caused by many factors and can be short or long lasting.

Dry/chapped lips can appear in many forms. The most common occurs when we see cracking and peeling of the lips. Sometimes there is a sensation of burning and pain, bleeding from the cracks which happen when the lips are stretched. In other instances, the lips may appear to be wrinkled, change their color or appear smooth and or shiny.

 Why do I have chapped lips?

There are many causes of dry lips. Very common causes include

  • Cold weather,
  • Frequent lip licking,
  • Biting of the lips,
  • Rubbing habits,
  • Dehydration,
  • Dry mouth (aka Xerostomia).
  • Extensive sun exposure usually leads do dryness of the lower lip. You may notice dryness, scaling, the lip may become wrinkled and or grey-white in appearance. Lips, just like any skin of the body are vulnerable to sun’s damaging effects and in some cases can lead to cancer so make sure to see a doctor to be evaluated if needed.

Dry lips can also be caused by other factors:

  • Inflammation and dryness in one or both corners in the mouth. This is usually caused by thrush (candidiasis, or fungus), nutritional deficiencies (iron, vitamins B, including B6, folate) allergy and edentulism. Edentulism occurs when we have many missing teeth which results in the mouth being closed too much. This creates an overlap of the lips allowing for accumulation of fungus, bacteria etc. in the corners of the mouth.
  • Inflammation of the minor (small) salivary glands (which are located in the lips).
  • Allergies to products such as lip cosmetics, toothpastes, wood, metal etc. (contact cheilitis).
  • Bacteria/fungus/virus (Infectious cheilitis).
  • Lymph node obstruction (blockage) caused by inflammation.
  • Medications including retinoids (including Vitamin A), protease inhibitors etc.
  • Stress, anxiety, depression, personality disorders.
  • Thyroid dysfunction
  • Syphilis
  • Poor oral hygiene
  • Autoimmune medical conditions such as: Lupus erythematosus, Chron’s Disease, Lichen Planus, Pemphigoid.


What is the fastest way to heal chapped lips?

1) Use barrier lubricants regularly.

You should always carry with you a lip lubricant so you can apply it on a regular basis or as needed.

Use thick, emollient lip balm or ointment, with SPF preferably. Glycerin or petroleum jelly work very well, or products that include beeswax, lanolin and petroleum.

Avoid flavored products with drying ingredients such as menthol, peppermint flavors, salicylic acid, camphor, phenol, cinnamic aldehyde.

 Also, shiny glossers and oils can make effects of sun damage worse as they magnify sun’s rays.

2) Use SPF containing lubricants.

It is recommended to use lip balm with sun protection especially when spending time out in the sun. According to the CDC SPF of at least 15 should be used and should be re-applied after 2 hours or after disturbing the lips through drinking, eating, wiping etc. Also make sure you look for the expiration date of the sunscreen. If there is no expiration date then CDC recommends not using the product after 3 years post production.

3) At Night Lip Therapy.

For better effects, right before going to bed place a layer of lubricant on lips and do not eat or drink afterwards. Natural remedies you can try at night (when there is no sun exposure) include coconut oil or aloe vera (in gel form) and as they contain anti-inflammatory and anti-bacterial properties. Before going to bed apply them to your lips to allow for absorption and healing.


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4) Lip Exfoliation.

Instead of peeling the dead skin flakes with your fingers which can be painful and result in unnecessary removal of healthy skin, exfoliation is a gentler process of helping your lips feel soft and moisturized. While there are products that are designed for this purpose one simple home remedy includes using brown sugar (1 tablespoon) and mixing it with honey or oil (olive, coconut) and rubbing it on the lips. You can do this once or twice per week.  

5) Stop habits that cause dry lips such as lip licking, lip biting, rubbing habits. Sometimes we do these things without even noticing them and it is important to monitor our habits throughout the day so we can stop them.

6) Proper diet:

Avoid foods that are spicy, salty, acidic. No smoking/tobacco use, avoid alcohol. Make sure you are not deficient in iron, vitamins B (including B6), folate. While there are specific symptoms that can be caused by vitamin deficiencies the way to tell for sure if we are deficient if through blood tests ordered by your doctor.

7) Stay hydrated:

Drink at least 2 L of water per day. Read here about how to best stay hydrated; Hydration and Dry Mouth. Is there a Connection?  

8) See a dentist:

If you are missing many teeth see a dentist to be evaluated and learn about options to restore proper height of your bite. Also see a dentist regularly to make sure there are no dental issues which may be causing your dry lips.

9) Evaluate your home and bedroom environment. Make sure there is no excessive heating or fans as it can contribute to the dryness. Use a humidifier. 


If your lips continue to be chapped, painful, discolored etc. after 2 weeks of trying to get better consult your doctor to investigate further and to make sure there is no underlying medical condition or concern.


👉👉 Do you have dry/chapped lips? Let me know in the comments. And don’t forget to like this video as this helps reach more people who may benefit from this information.  

👉👉 Do you have dry mouth? 

What Causes Dry Mouth? Dry Mouth Symptoms and Home Remedies


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