Loose The “Chap”

Written by on April 2, 2008

chapped lips
Have you ever experienced trying to smile only to be cut short because your lips hurt? Well, I’ve been suffering from extremely chapped lips lately – why exactly, I don’t know. What I do know is that it is irritating and sometimes painful. I’ve tried everything from Chapstik to Nivea Lip Moisturizer seem to do the trick. I am currently using petroleum jelly but my lips go back to being chapped after a while. This led me to do some research on this matter – let me share them with you.

I think the tips from Mayo Clinic make a lot of sense:

• Use an oil-based lubricating cream, such as Aquaphor Healing Ointment, or lip balm containing petrolatum or beeswax.
• Apply lip cream, balm or lipstick before going out in cold, dry weather. Reapply several times while outside.
• Choose a lip cream or balm that contains sunscreen. Sun exposure contributes to chapped lips.
• Avoid licking your lips. Saliva evaporates quickly, leaving lips drier than before you licked them.
• Avoid using a flavored lip balm, which can tempt you to lick your lips.
• Stay hydrated by drinking plenty of fluids. Dehydration can contribute to chapped lips.
• Use a humidifier at home to keep air moist.

Aha! Flavored lip balm! I suppose I should try one that is not flavored. Or maybe, a product that contains beeswax would be better. I also found out that Burt’s Bees seem to work well for a lot people. Another option would be Neutrogena – they’ve always had effective products. I think I shall head on out to the drugstore tomorrow to check what they have – I’ll update you on this. If you have any recommendations, do share them with me, please.

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One Response to “Loose The “Chap””

  1. John Says:

    “Dry Mouth” can also lead to chapped lips…I struggled with this for many years as a side effects to medications I was taking. It was awful- no matter how much lip stuff i used i’d have bleeding lips by the end of the day. Anyways, now I use a bunch of products I got off dentist.net (they have a whole section on it) and it’s not an issue any more.

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