Hey, so I've been struggling with this itchy dry skin patch around my lips for almost 2 years now and I still don't know exactly what it is. I can't really remember how it started but I didn't think much of it before. What I do know is that it has been very slowly getting better but it's still existent. Its not all around my mouth, just mostly right above my upper lip and just a little right below my lower lip so I don't know if it's eczema because I've seen what that looks like. Anyways, I tried using moisturizing face lotions to stop the dryness which did temporarily help, but the ones that did seem to help the most where non scented ones (like the Clinique dramatically different moisturizing lotion+ which i still use till this day) but, the irritation and the redness was still there.
After a while I decided to ask my family doctor about it and he gave me a hydrocortisone ointment (which once again, i still use 'till this day). When i started using the ointment it felt like it was getting better but then after a short period of time, my skin started getting irritated and itchy again. I tried using the cortisone cream again even with my face cream but after a couple hours my skin went back to how it was before. During this time i felt kind of embarrassed to be walking around school like this.
Months later, my family and I went on vacation to Ecuador (a country in south america) and I still kept doing my skincare stuff. I then went to see a dermatologist there. She told me my skin type was sensitive and dry (I knew my skin was terribly dry because of those Canadian winters haha) so she recommended me to use La Roche-Posay Toleraine Demo-Cleanser and the Toleraine Fluide Soothing Protective Emulsion (which I LOVE. It's perfect for my dry, sensitive skin but still didn't solve my problem). I also told her that the area around my upper lip was really sensitive and dry and somewhat itchy so she gave me the Bioderma Atoderm Intensive Baume (which I think can be used for your whole body as well). After that day I thought my problem would finally have a solution but it was too good to be true. I used the products which made the rest of my skin really nice and i sed the Atoderm Intensive Baum right above and below my lip. Also just a side note, while I was in Ecuador, my skin seemed to be doing better than in Canada. But of course I had to use a lot of sun protection there too. Maybe its the cold air that makes my skin worse.
I'm 15 now and I've been using these products ever since. And I do switch up my moisturizers depending on the season. I now started using my hydrocortisone cream mixed with the Bioderma Baum on my problem areas for several months now, and it seems to be working okay. The skin above my lip is no longer flaky like it used to be and not so dry. It does occasionally get dry but I suppose its because of the winter at the moment. But it still seems to be a problem. That area is still itchy on some days and still irritated on some days more than others so it's still a problem for me. Also I forgot to mention that I had waxed my upper lip multiple times before I travelled to Ecuador (Yes, I know, I'm very stupid for doing that, but I didn't think it was going to get a whole lot worse.) so now not only is that area irritated but i also have like little fine lines/wrinkles going horizontal AND I don't know why but my skin there is also pigmented slightly darker now as if it were a mustache shadow or something but it's just my skin. Another thing I noticed is that my lips are also becoming very dry and wrinkly as well.
So now I definitely don't know what to do to get rid of this or what the reason behind all this is. I would appreciate any help I can get.