How do you get rid of dry lips?


Quick Answer

Get rid of dry lips by using natural oils, petrolatum-based products, animal fat, exfoliation and lip products that contain sunscreen. It may take up to one week to cure dry, chapped lips.

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Scrub the lips using a commercial lip scrub or a homemade sugar scrub composed of equal parts brown or white sugar, honey, olive oil and an added pinch of cinnamon. Use natural moisturizers such as coconut oil, olive oil, shea butter or even animal fat. Re-apply often until lips heal. When going outdoors, use lip products that contain sunscreen. Drink at least 8 cups of water daily to keep lips hydrated from within.

Avoid lip products that contain drying or irritating additives such as alcohol, menthol or fragrance. Do not eat spicy, salty or extremely hot foods until lips have completely healed. Avoid licking lips, as saliva further dries them. Do not peel dry skin flakes on lips because the flakes protect the newly formed skin underneath until it is fully developed.

Chapped lips may also be caused by a reaction to certain lip products or medicines that contain ingredients such as isotretinoin, high amounts of vitamin A, D-penicillamine, isoniazid, phenothiazine, lithium, busulfan, and actinomycin. Consult with a physician to discuss the likelihood of certain medicines causing dry lips, and discuss alternative medicines.

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