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How to Heal Chapped Lips Quickly
Chapped lips occur when the skin on the lips becomes very dry 123. The lips may hurt, crack, and even bleed in severe cases. According to the Mayo Clinic, exposure to sun, wind, and cold, dry air can cause chapped lips 123. Other causes include breathing with your mouth open, frequently licking your lips, sensitivity to skin-care products, and dehydration. You can heal chapped lips quickly, usually in less than a week, by moisturizing your lips and protecting them from additional dryness 23.
Use an oil-based lubricant, such as beeswax or petrolatum, on your lips to help heal them quickly. Oil-based lip balms will also protect your lips from further chapping caused by cold weather and wind.
Increase your fluid intake. The UAB Health System recommends drinking at least six to eight glasses of water each day.
Try changing your toothpaste, lipstick or diet. Certain ingredients in these products, such as the guaiazulene and sodium lauryl sulfate contained in some toothpaste, may cause chapped lips or reduce the effectiveness of other treatments 23.
Visit your doctor to determine if an underlying medical condition is to blame for your chapped lips 23. Certain disorders, including vitamin deficiencies, thyroid disorders, fungal infections, and autoimmune disorders can cause chapped lips or prevent healing 23.
According to the Mayo Clinic, exposure to sun, wind, and cold, dry air can cause chapped lips 13. Chapped lips occur when the skin on the lips becomes very dry (https://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/dry-skin/expert-answers/chapped-lips/faq-20057819 'inline-reference::Mayo Clinic: Chapped lips: What's the best remedy?
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