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Skinless Lips


Since my teens, around 13/14 (im now 24) ive had problems with the skin on my lips, its like they are chapped but all the skin is gone. Everytime ive tried creams / balms (e.g blistex / lipsil etc) it does cover the lips in a skin but it easily becomes flakey and within a week usually it peels away back to how they currently are. Ive tried using balms from once a day to upto 6/7 times a day.

Maybe im using the balms incorrectly, or not enough, could someone please assist. Im at a period where i would love them to be normal.

Many Thanks
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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.

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.

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Thanks for the response,

I read on your wikipedia reference that "Medical grade lanolin USP accelerates repair of lips" so im going to have a look in my local pharmacy at lunch, otherwise refer to the local hospitals walk-in centre.

I shall let you know my progress :)
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Glad the post was of some help to you. It would be advisable to consult a skin specialist for your symptoms and a proper clinical examination if your symptoms persist.

Let us know about how you are doing and if you need any other information.

Post us about what your doctor advises.

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