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Old 11-02-2011, 11:14 AM
 
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Hi everyone,

I would occasionally have chapped lips, but not like this. Every month, for the past three months, my top lip would not only get dry, but very chapped and "scaly". It would be very red and dry, especially near the top of the lip, and scaly in the middle. I have tried many different kinds of lip balms, and nothing works. I would break a Vitamin E pill and put it directly on my lips, and that would seem to help after couple of days...but I have to do it at least 4-5 times a day ( and put lip balm in between ). Did anyone have this happen to them?

I'm currently having this problem ( again ), and I have no idea how to get rid of it. In the past two months, I would rub Vitamin E and take a multi-vitamin orally, and I don't know did that help after couple of days or something else, but my top lip got better. Is it possible that I can have some vitamin deficiency that's causing my top lip to crack? So far, this has been going on for 3 days...It's interesting that it's only my top lip. Any advice would be appreciated. Thank you so much.
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Old 11-02-2011, 11:31 AM
 
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See a dermatologist.
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Old 11-02-2011, 11:38 AM
 
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Try vaseline. That seems to soothe and heal chapped lips the best for me.
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Old 11-02-2011, 12:06 PM
 
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Try vaseline. That seems to soothe and heal chapped lips the best for me.
This and drink more water. If that doesn't work see your doctor about it.
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Old 11-02-2011, 01:31 PM
 
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Try vaseline. That seems to soothe and heal chapped lips the best for me.
I haven't tried vaseline yet, will do so...
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Old 11-02-2011, 03:54 PM
 
Location: Wallis and Futuna
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I'd avoid anything made out of mineral oil or petroleum. The reason, is because it blocks moisture. It is waterproof. That means it prevents moisture from penetrating your skin. It also prevents natural oils from getting out (which is what your skin does to rid itself of dirt), and can contribute to, or even cause, comedones (zits).

Vitamin E, raw, is not going to be very effective, because there's nothing in it to moisturize your skin. Moisture = water, NOT oil. But water causes chapped skin.

Chances are, you're licking your upper lip constantly to keep it moist - and that is -causing- it to be chapped.

You need something that will allow moisture to get in, and oil to get out, while soothing the surface at the same time, AND not tempt you to constantly lick your lips. I recommend jojoba oil, or shea butter, or a combination of the two. UNflavored. The last thing you want is flavored anything on your lips, because the purpose of flavored lip stuff is to lick it.

You can get unflavored non-petroleum lip stuff pretty much anywhere. Just be sure the main ingredient is either jojoba or shea. If it has both, even better.
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Old 11-03-2011, 06:57 AM
 
Location: Tampa, FL
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I can't use shea. Although some sites claim it is non-comedogenic, it certainly breaks me out something fierce.

I personally have chronic chapped lips as a side effect of a medication I took. I've even had to get a lip balm with cortisone in it from the pharmacist. I doubt yours are bad enough to require that. The problem with most lip balms is that they contain ingredients which provide a temporary sensation of relief, but in the longrun increase irritation and chapping. The best drug store brand lip balm in my experience is Burt's Bees- specifically the honey flavor, not the regular, not the lifeguard. I think the pomegranate one worked well also but I could not get used to the scent, blech. Another thing to watch out for in lip balms is sunscreen. I personally can not use chemical sunscreens, and they are especially bad on my lips which are so sensitive.

Now, the Burt's Bees will help with moisturization, but not with the peeling. The best - indeed the ONLY product I have ever found that really helps with peeling is Clinique's All About Lips. It is a gentle chemical exfoliant which you can use on the lips and lipline. It works extremely well, I love this stuff. It allows me to wear lipcolor again which I had to give up because it only emphasized the chapping. It's supposed to help with wrinkles around the lip line, but I use it just for its exfoliating action.
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Old 11-03-2011, 08:10 AM
 
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Hi everyone,

I would occasionally have chapped lips, but not like this. Every month, for the past three months, my top lip would not only get dry, but very chapped and "scaly". It would be very red and dry, especially near the top of the lip, and scaly in the middle. I have tried many different kinds of lip balms, and nothing works. I would break a Vitamin E pill and put it directly on my lips, and that would seem to help after couple of days...but I have to do it at least 4-5 times a day ( and put lip balm in between ). Did anyone have this happen to them?

I'm currently having this problem ( again ), and I have no idea how to get rid of it. In the past two months, I would rub Vitamin E and take a multi-vitamin orally, and I don't know did that help after couple of days or something else, but my top lip got better. Is it possible that I can have some vitamin deficiency that's causing my top lip to crack? So far, this has been going on for 3 days...It's interesting that it's only my top lip. Any advice would be appreciated. Thank you so much.
Do you drink a fair amount of hot coffee and red wine?
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Old 11-03-2011, 11:03 AM
 
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Thank you so much for your helpful responses so far. AnonChick, I'm usually not a lip licker, I don't really lick them often, but I do now since the top lip is so dry. So, you're right, that's probably not helping it.

Tilli and AnonChick, I will look for those lip balms you guys mentioned. Hopefully one of them will work. I do have a Clinique store nearby, so that Clinique lip treatment shouldn't be hard to find. I only had regular Burt's Bees, not the honey one - will definitely look for it.

Jimboburnsy, I do not drink coffee or red wine at all actually ( any kind of alcohol for that matter )...

SoutherBelleInUtah - I was thinking of going to see a dermatologist, but the nearest one is more than an hour away ( that's on our insurance plan ). So, that's why I'm trying out the "alternative" methods so to speak.
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Old 11-03-2011, 12:25 PM
 
Location: Santa Cruz, CA
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Dr. Hauschka lip balm ... there is no better balm for lips.
Dr.Hauschka Skin Care Lip Care Stick
Once you use it, you'll never want any other product.
But it's expensive.
Also, stay hydrated .... lots and lots of water.
And get plenty of good fat in your diet .. flax oil, fish oil, evening primrose oil, etc., etc..
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