Deficiencies in certain nutrients can cause chapped lips. The B, C and E vitamins, along with minerals, contribute to skin health and therefore healthy lips.

Everyone gets them at some point — dry, rough lips that feel tight and sometimes even crack and result in a split lip. It's not only unsightly, but also sometimes very uncomfortable. There are many causes of chapped lips, including cold weather and dehydration, and solutions may be as simple as applying a protective layer of moisturizing lip balm and drinking more fluids 5. Getting enough of certain nutrients, including the B vitamins, may help heal your chapped lips 56.

Vitamins for Lips

B5: Both men and women need 5 mg per day, and pregnant women need 6 mg daily. Sources include:

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  • beans
  • vegetables
  • grains
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Other Nutrients Involved in Skin Health

Many other nutrients are involved in skin health, and deficiencies in any of them could be contributing to your chronic chapped lips 5.

Vitamins C and E help protect the skin from the sun and repair sun damage, according to WebMD 4. Men should get 90 mg of vitamin C daily. Women require 75 mg, and pregnant women need 85 mg. Fruits and vegetables are the best sources of this nutrient.

Selenium also helps protect the skin from sun damage 4. The recommendation for men and women is 55 mg daily and increases to 60 mg for women during pregnancy. You can find selenium in whole grains, seafood, garlic and eggs.

Read more: Does Drinking Water Help With Chapped Lips?

Other Cracked Lips Causes and Remedies

Protect your mouth and lips when you go out into the cold, and regularly apply an all-natural lip balm to protect and moisturize your lips throughout the day. According to board certified dermatologist and author, Dr. Audrey Kunin, some ingredients in lip products, including phenyl salicylate, can actually dry out your skin more 5.cause:

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Finding a Lasting Solution

Only your doctor can tell you if you're deficient in a nutrient that may be causing your chapped lips. If you are deficient, then eating more foods containing the nutrient is the best way to get your levels of the nutrient up to normal, which should help heal your chapped lips 5. Your doctor may also recommend a specific supplement or multivitamin.

If you have chronic chapped lips that don't seem to heal no matter what you try, it's best to pay a visit to your doctor. Chapped lips can sometimes signify an underlying medical condition.

Read more: Possible Conditions for Chronic Chapped Lips