Chapped and Dry Lips
- Burning sensation
- Cracks in the skin
- Peeling of the skin
Causes of Chapped or Dry Lips
Chapped lips are generally caused by a lack of moisture. some lesser- known causes of this condition are:
- Excessive licking of the lips
- Allergies to cobalt or nickel
- Breathing through the mouth
- Toothpastes containing sodium lauryl sulfate, which is know to cause drying
- Dry weather
- Citrus fruits
- Excess Vitamin A
- Certain medications including Accutane, propranolol, or prochlorperazine
There are many lip balms and chap sticks available today. However, many of the ingredients found in these widely- distributed products are harmful to the body. Petroleum is a common ingredient in many lip products. Petroleum is derived from crude oil and is found in some of the following products:
- Lubricating oils
- Aloe Vera
- Vitamin E oil
- Coconut oil
- Olive oil
- Shea butter
DHerbs recommends switching your current lip balm to a natural moisturizer. There are many natural, organic, and petroleum-free brands available today at natural grocery stores and cosmetics retailers.
Take extra precautions in the colder months or if you are in an especially dry area. Be sure to keep your lips covered and protected from the elements. Remember that the lips are very thin skin and can be damaged easily.
Stay hydrated. By doing so your lips will retain more moisture and will be less likely to get chapped and dry. Water feeds the entire body and is essential to every function we perform.
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