Weathered lips: what to do

Update: October 2018

Under the influence of cold, wind, scorching sun, tender skin of lips
winds and dries, delivering physical and aesthetic
the discomfort. How to cure weathered lips at home and what
use for prevention, consider next.

Causes of lip chaing

To find effective help, it is important to know the reason why
lips become chapped. And it does not always arise from external
impacts – wind and moisture. Many diseases of internal organs
oral mucosa or general condition of the body leads to
to this. It is important to find out the reason why the lips of a child or adult
all the time dry, because that’s why they lick them, that
leads to weathering.

Internal causes:

  • Infectious, viral diseases;
  • Vitamin deficiency;
  • Diseases leading to dry mouth and dry lips (diseases
    желудочно-кишечного тракта, печени, желчного пузыря, Синдром
    Sjogren (dry syndrome), helminthic invasions;
  • Lack of water in the body (dehydration, thick blood);
  • Allergic reaction;
  • Cheilitis or zaedy (inflammation of the red border and mucous lips) as
    independent disease or as one of the symptoms of internal
    diseases. See Mouth Fissures

External factors:

  • Wind exposure;
  • Dust exposure;
  • Excessive effects of ultraviolet radiation;
  • Habit of constantly licking, biting lips (neurological
  • The use of substandard care products;
  • The use of toothpaste with a high content of fluoride;
  • Eating too hot or cold food.

The first sign that the lips are weathered is dryness, tightness,
roughness and soreness of the skin. Upper lip suffers less and
Here is the bottom gets more. The skin around the lips suffers – it becomes
dry and reddened. If you do not take action, the skin of the lips begins
peel off, crack, bleed and inflame. When talking and
eating cracked cracks burst again. It causes pain and
the discomfort. Adherence of infection may lead to suppuration.

Lip Care Rules

Proper care of thin and delicate skin is the basis of beauty and
lip health

  • Watch for humidity and indoor temperature: t 20-21 C,
    humidity 50%;
  • Discard excessively hot / cold food;
  • Do not wipe your lips with a towel after washing, taking
  • Lubricate your lips with a special moisturizer every time after.
    water procedures;
  • If you are prone to dryness, lubricate your lips with natural
    cocoa butter;
  • In the summer, use lipstick or balm with ultraviolet.
  • In the cold season, use wide scarves. Before leaving
    on the street moisturize the skin of the lips with olive oil, use
    special protective lipstick. Hygienic lipstick moisturizes the skin
    lips, prevents evaporation of moisture.
  • Life hacking will help people who constantly have their lips worn out.
    In an empty, washed tube of lip gloss, add 15-20 drops
    olive oil and carry the tool with you. At the first sign
    drying the skin of the lips lubricate them with an applicator dipped in

How to smear chapped lips: pharmaceuticals and drugs

What to do if your lips are weathered:

  • If you notice that the lips began to peel off, ordinary will help.
    petrolatum. Preparation based on mineral oils and paraffins has
    softening effect, softens the horny layer. Vaseline helps
    in cases if it is chapped around the lips, it is enough to lubricate the skin
    means a couple of times a day.
  • Ointment with wax or lanolin is a good remedy for the initial
    stage. These components prevent moisture loss from
    lip surfaces.
  • The initial stage of obvetrivaniya can be cured by Aevit – oil
    a solution of vitamins A and E. If you lubricate the lips with the drug 2-3 times
    a day, after a few days there will be no problem
  • Calendula and sea buckthorn oils have a similar effect. Besides
    emollient, oils relieve inflammation and accelerate
    регенерацию skin.
  • Than to smear, when the lips were weathered, cracks and rough appeared
    peeling? Hydrocortisone ointment will help. Hormonal drug,
    but do not be afraid of him: with local and short-term use
    no danger. Ointment applied to the lips 1-2 times a
    day, no more than 5 days.
  • Cream “Burenka” has a good effect: it nourishes overdried
    skin and quickly copes with the problem. Anoint cream and
    lips and skin around.
  • If the problem is associated with a virus (often – herpes
    infection), etiological treatment is necessary (Acyclovir and
  • Small and medium sized cracks are easily cured with gel
    zinc sulfate, dexpanthenol. Treat damaged areas
    need 2-3 times a day.
  • In neglected cases, if the lips have strongly weathered and
    inflammation has joined, antibacterial ointment will help.
  • If none of the above help, you need to refer to
    Doctors: dermatologist, gastroenterologist, neurologist.

How fast will the lips heal? With timely treatment started
1-2 days is enough. If cracks have formed, crusts – not
less than 1 week.

Traditional methods of treatment

Cured weathered lips can be at home conditions. Available
products help to eliminate the problem no worse than pharmacy

  • Bee Honey. Useful product softens dried crusts,
    promotes healing of small cracks. 1-2 times enough
    a day to put honey on the lips with a thick layer for 15 minutes to skin
    acquired a healthy look.
  • Mask of cream and cottage cheese. Products need to be mixed in equal
    proportions, put a fat layer on the lips for 15 minutes. After 2-3
    Day skin will find softness and tenderness.
  • Mask of avocado. Fresh avocados should be ground into mush,
    apply on lips for 10 minutes. Avocado Pulp is Rich in Fat
    acids that nourish the skin and accelerate the healing process.
  • Mask of fresh cucumber. It has a quick effect. Should
    натереть огурец на крупной терке, apply on lips for 10 minutes.
    After removing the mask on the skin, you must apply olive oil (for
    pinning effect).
  • Mask of apple and milk. Pulp one apple boil in
    milk, apply a thick layer on the lips for 20 minutes.
  • Healing ointment with strong chapped lips. Effective
    a recipe for which you need to take 1 tbsp. vaseline,
    cocoa butter, chamomile broth and melted in a water bath
    beeswax, mix and boil for 1-2 minutes. Cold ointment
    apply on lips 2-3 times a day for 10 minutes.
  • Mask of flax and amaranth oil. Proven remedy if
    the problem has become chronic. Mix components in equal
    parts, add 2 drops of aloe juice or sea buckthorn extract. Apply
    for 10 minutes on damaged lips. When it comes to prevention,
    5 minutes is enough.
  • Mask of sea buckthorn oil, honey, propolis. Quick help
    cracked skin of lips. Take 50 gr. honey, 20 gr. glycerin, 10 ml
    propolis tincture, 15 gr. sea ​​buckthorn oil. Mix everything and
    apply on the lips with a thick layer twice a day.
  • Mask from aloe. Medicinal plant with known
    regenerating properties also help with the exposure of lips. Need to
    take a fresh leaf, divide it into 2 parts, squeeze a few drops
    juice. Apply the juice to the damaged skin of the lips several times.
  • Compress from oils (almond, olive, sea buckthorn,
    jojoba). Mix oils in equal proportions, soak a napkin
    heated to body temperature by means of, slightly wring, keep in
    for 20-25 minutes.
  • Salt compress. A good recipe, if the lips have not yet
    cracks formed. For its preparation it is necessary to dissolve
    1 tbsp. salt in 500 ml of water, soak a piece of gauze in the solution and
    apply to lips for 10 minutes. Then remove the compress, wipe lips
    wetted with a cotton pad and smeared with a thick cream. To repeat
    procedure for 5 days.
  • Compress from tea. Apply a bag to cracked lips
    brewed tea, pre-moistened with hot water and
    cooled to body temperature. 10 minutes is enough.
  • Lip peeling. Will help to remove dead tissue, make the skin
    gentle and soft:

    • soft bristled toothbrush. Hold the brush in warm water
      a few minutes and gently wipe the lips after removing any mask.
      The softened skin particles are removed;
    • sugar peeling. Mix a little olive oil with 1 tsp.
      Sahara. The resulting mixture rub lips after a mask;
    • candied honey. 1 tsp apply honey on lips and massage in
      for 2 minutes. Wash off the remnants of the mask and apply olive oil on the lips.
    • delicate scrub from coffee grounds and oatmeal. Cereals
      soak in water and mix in equal proportions with the coffee grounds.
      Place the mixture in cheesecloth and apply to lips for 20 minutes.

After any procedure for the removal of keratinized skin should
Lip your lips with hygienic lipstick. This is a universal remedy.
protects against dryness and cracking. And use
hygienic lipstick is necessary for children, adults, including men:
there is nothing shameful about it, but protection about weathering

The child’s lips were weathered – what to do?

The child’s lips were chapped and chapped. In 90% associated with
the habit of licking and biting your lips. And the problem is fast
aggravated: the skin cracks, bleeds and peels, the child does not
can eat and talk normally.

  • The initial stage will cure hygienic children’s lipstick, which
    should be used several times a day, especially before going
  • If cracks have formed, you should smear your lips with cream.
    Lanovit or Purelan.
  • Ointment and jelly have a pronounced wound-healing effect.
    Solcoseryl. In the presence of cracks and wounds in children from 1 year can
    use these drugs.
  • Universal means, saving in a situation when a child has
    weathered lips: calendula oil, sea buckthorn oil, olive oil,
    какао, мед, petrolatum. They need to be on hand if the lips of the baby
    often chapped.

If the problem is chronic, the child should
examine a gastroenterologist, a dermatologist, an infectious diseases specialist and
a neurologist.


Basic rules will help prevent the problem.

  • Use moisturizing lip balms (preferably with hyaluronic
    acid and vitamins in the composition) after a shower, before going on
    street: “Aevit”, “Zashchitny”, Labello, Neutrogena, Clean Line
    �”Vs obvetrivaniya “,” Ambulance “,” From the cracks “Biokon,” Ambulance
    help »BelorDesign et al. Summer balms must be protected
    from ultraviolet rays.
  • Moisten indoor air dry (use
    humidifier, airing). Dry air dries the skin
  • Do not use alcohol-based cosmetics.
    menthol, retinol in winter. These ingredients dry the skin and
    provoke a problem.
  • Give preference to quality skin care products.
    lips and cosmetics – cheap can cause allergies.
  • Give up smoking. Harmful habit is dangerous to health and
    негативно влияет на состояние кожи lips If you completely refuse
    smoking does not work, then at least do not do it in the cold and
    windy weather.
  • Get rid of the habit of biting and licking your lips.
    The person does this automatically when the skin is dry. But such
    actions only exacerbate the problem.
  • Revise the diet. It is important that the daily menu
    foods high in vitamin B2 (liver,
    mushrooms, nuts), A, E (liver, vegetable oils, cereals, legumes,
    green vegetables, sea buckthorn, mountain ash), calcium (dairy products).
  • Drink plenty of water.

If your lips are weathered and sore, you should not expect that the situation
will resolve itself. The sooner you begin to heal, the faster your lips
get a healthy look.

Автор: врач-гигиенист, эпидемиолог

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