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peeling lips

I have also had the same problem, my lips often peel completely up to a few times a day. If i dont tear the skin off it stays there dry and cracked or when i drink water it becomes white and soft. I've also tried not tearing it off at all for a few days, it improved slightly but not enough. They continued to peel. Explain please.


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use blistex medex(sp?) treatment.
put a lot on your lips so it looks like you are wearing white lipstick.
and just let it soak in, while you are wearing it don't go into the cold, or wind, just sit for a good 15-20 minutes.
do this up to 4 times a day.
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Hi,

Since when are you having the symptoms? What is your age? Do you smoke?

Some causes of the symptoms you mention, could be lip biting, lip licking, Vit.B2 deficiency, smoking, overexposure to sun and ill fitting dentures. In extreme cases, this could be due to bacterial or fungal skin infection.

You need to drink plenty of water daily – around 1.5 – 3 litres per day and eat a balanced diet. Do not keep your lips dry; apply lip balm which contains sunscreen – preferably a medicated one.

If you have cracks at the corner of your mouth it indicates B2 deficiency in this case you need to take B2 supplements.

If the symptoms still persist, consult your skin specialist or dermatologist.

Let us know about how you are doing and if you have any other doubts.

Regards.

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hi, I too have the same problem... its been going on for months. Im on a balenced diet, have no problems with overexposure to the sun, keep my lips moist, and have consulted a specialist.. She could not figure it out. I've had tests and byopsies done that show nothing. I'm 15, don't smoke, and this is a big annoyance for me! I'm depressed and don't feel like going out with this. It looks horrifying, my skin is literally hanging off my lips.

Does anyone have any others ideas at all? any experience with this?

Thank you
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Really, I have had this condition off and on for years. I thought it may have been hereditary -- because I noticed my father had the same problem. I sought out a dermatologist who, like someone else mentioned, prescribed a cortisone. This did not work for me and only caused inflamation (inflammation)/irritation.

I never returned to the doc and have managed by using vaseline.

I sincerely think I have an allergy. After using Carmex and Blistex as a youth, they suddenly dont work anymore and cause my lips to swell and become inflamed. So I stay away from these products.

I do not smoke, and I have a healthy diet with plenty of fresh vegetables and fruits. Im sort of a health nut by taking a vitamin or other supplements daily and also pretty active (dancing and walking) several times weekly.
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Hi,

This could be a part of Cheilitis, which is a medical condition involving inflammation of the lip. Or a bad case of Chapped lips , a condition whereby the lips become dry and possibly cracked. It may be caused by the evaporation of moisture.

Lip balm can often provide temporary relief, though it should not be used extensively.  One should avoid licking their lips as saliva contains the enzyme amylase, which can damage the already compromised lip tissue.  Honey can be used on the lips as a natural remedy.


Cheilitis is associated with many conditions from Vitamin B12 deficiency, iron deficiency anemia, be a symptom of allergies.can also be caused by taking the (retinoid) drug Isotretinoin (brand name Roaccutane).

Applying protective paraffin-based ointment (such as Vaseline) or lip balms to the lips is normally very effective. Also take Vitamin B supplements.

If nothing works you can have a biopsy done to find out the cause.
ref:http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chapped_lips

Some causes of the symptoms you mention, could be lip biting, lip licking, Vit.B2 deficiency, smoking, overexposure to sun and ill fitting dentures. In extreme cases, this could be due to bacterial or fungal skin infection.

You need to drink plenty of water daily – around 1.5 – 3 litres per day and eat a balanced diet. Do not keep your lips dry; apply lip balm which contains sunscreen – preferably a medicated one.

If the symptoms still persist, consult your skin specialist or dermatologist.

Let us know about how you are doing and if you have any other doubts.

Regards.
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I've had a similar problem for the past couple of months and just discovered the cause. Of course, your mileage may vary, but I hope my discovery will be helpful to at least some of the other sufferers here.

History: My problem started a couple of months ago. It initially seemed to be just a small area of chapping on my lower lip, but after a few weeks it had spread across most of the lower lip and to the center of the upper lip and no longer behaved like "ordinary" chapped lips. It was as some of you have described: patches of dead skin that weren't obvious when coated with Vaseline but which turned white when exposed to water. These patches would eventually flake off, sometimes several times a day. There was little or no pain or itching. My dermatologist treated me for staph (which I believe was just a secondary infection), but that didn't help with the flaking; she found nothing else conclusive and I began to despair.

Solution:  In a stroke of insight, I realized that I had started using a different brand of dishwashing detergent about the same time that my lip problems started, and I realized that the flaking patches corresponded pretty closely to the points where utensils and drinking glasses contacted my lips. I immediately began using disposable cups as well as thoroughly scouring and rinsing any utensils or dishes before use. Within 24 hours, the last of the flakes came off and I've now been symptom free for the past couple of days (for the first time since this started). Apparently, detergent residue remained on the glasses and utensils after washing, enough to cause an allergic reaction (or perhaps it was more akin to a chemical burn) where they contacted my lips.

Based on my experience, I would recommend that anyone with this type of problem pay really close attention to what comes in contact with your lips, and consider switching to disposable plastic cups and utensils for a while to see if there is any improvement. If you frequently use utensils or drink from glasses at restaurants or bars, you might want to avoid that for a while as well.

Hope this helps! Good luck to all.
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You have a Candida overgrowth within your body, more than likely it's in the digestive system. Candida is producing toxins that are taxing your liver and immune system. Your lips are peeling because of that underlying problem. You may eat lots of healthy foods, however unless they're organic you are merely making that problem worse, as the pesticides and antibiotics on and in your food are killing the beneficial bacteria in your body. You've also probably had a number of rounds of antibiotics for various things over the years. Antibiotics kill many bacteria. They're not designed to kill one specific bug. It's very crude technology. Stop going to alopathic "doctors" they're nothing but a bunch of false hope quacks.
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