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lips getting worse

By Anonymous February 11, 2015 - 2:32am
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Firstly,I do not smoke. I have had this lip problem for 2 months now. Initially it was getting dried a lot. I used to apply the same balms which i was applying before. Later half of my upper lip started swelling with lot of dry skin. Secondly the skin over the upper lip started getting dry too and started flaking.It looks like as if the lip and the half of my upper lip both are merging. Now the lower lip middle part is darkening and the skin is getting drier under that part as well.I cant stop balms because it starts burning so much that i hav to apply. But now it has turned out that even after applying balm( maybeline babylips) it seems dry and burning... I am absolutely freaked out....Please help

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Hello Anonymous,

Welcome to EmpowHER. This does not sound like a typical case of dry lips.
The lips do not contain oil glands and are more susceptible to drying out and becoming chapped.

Are you taking any medications? Certain medications, such as vitamin A, retinoids, lithium and chemotherapy drugs can increase the risk of developing chapped lips.

Cheilitis is a condition marked by cracked skin at the mouth corners and crack on the lips. Cheilitis is most commonly attributed to infections and inflammatory diseases, such as Crohn’s disease. Dental trauma and excessive saliva production may also turn a regular case of chapped lips into cheilitis. According to the American Academy of Dermatology, cheilitis is most common in patients over the age of 59.

Since you have not seen any improvements with the use of lip balms, you must be seen by a dermatologist.


February 11, 2015 - 9:13am
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