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Treatments for Chronic Chapped Lips

By Lillian Downey ; Updated July 18, 2017

Everyone experiences chapped lips at some point. When these chapped lips become a regular part of your life rather than an occasional inconvenience, it may be time to investigate the cause and locate an effective cure. Like many minor health conditions, chronic chapped lips can indicate a larger problem, like an underlying disease, says the Derma Doctor website. They can also simply be a side-effect of environmental and dietary choices. Experiment with several cures until you find one that provides you with lasting relief.


Increase your fluid intake if you have chronic chapped lips. Dehydration contributes to this condition, says Lawrence E. Gibson, M.D., of the Mayo Clinic. Aim to drink more plain water and eat foods high in water content, like fruits and vegetables.

Nutrient-Dense Diet

Chapped lips and other oral health conditions often occur as a result of vitamin and mineral deficiencies, says Riva Touger-Decker, M.D, in her "Oral Manifestations of Nutrient Deficiencies," an article published in the October/November 1998 issue of the "Mount Sinai Journal of Medicine." Foods rich in niacin and other B vitamins, as well as iron, can help maintain healthy lips.

Environmental Changes

Gibson also notes that certain environmental factors, specifically harsh wind, sun and cold, can lead to chronic chapped lips. Avoiding these conditions can give your current chapped lips a chance to heal while preventing future instances of the condition. Licking your lips regularly also creates a harsh environment for your lip skin and should be avoided.


One major benefit of lip balm is that it often contains sunscreen. Lips are prone to sunburn just like any other exposed area of skin. Applying sunblock to your lips on a regular basis can cure chapped lips caused by sunburn, reports the Mother Nature website.

Removal of Allergens

If you have chronic chapped lips, allergies to common household products may be to blame, says the Derma Doctor website. Lipsticks and lip balms commonly contain propyl gallate, an additive that causes chapped, irritated lips in those with sensitivities to it. Toothpaste also contains two common irritants--guaiazulene sodium lauryl sulfate. Try avoiding these products to see if your chapped lips clear.

Management of Underlying Health Conditions

Certain health conditions, like hyperthyroidism, psoriasis, yeast infections, sleep apnea, tonsillitis and lupus can all lead to chronic chapped lips, states the Derma Doctor website. It's sometimes not possible to cure your chapped lips until you diagnose and treat the underlying causes. Treating the conditions that lead to the chapped lips can cure the chapped lips.

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