and Verse; A Guide To Chapped Lips
officially winter when everyone complains about chapped lips. And while
there is no question that cold weather and windy conditions play a big
role in creating chapped lips, you may be surprised to learn that a
bevy of medical conditions may actually be to blame. So before you simply
open up a fresh Chapstick, take a closer look at why you have those
chapped lips in the first place.
think cold weather chapping is a nuisance, be glad youre not one
of many who suffer from chelitis (aka chapped lips) year round. Numerous
underlying medical conditions exist that may require investigation for
anyone who finds themselves experiencing a never-ending battle.
Its Cold Outside
winter, chapped lips put in an appearance. Cold weather chapping is
caused by environmental conditions that lead to dehydration. When lips
are too dry from dehydration, the painful cracking and peeling begin.
brisk day should act as the perfect reminder that reasonable, consistent
use of a protective balm can protect your lips from drying out in the
first place. Protective waxes can help protect lips that have not yet
broken down. Your Chapstick is something you apply before youve
got problems. After all, think about it. Just how much moisture does
a tube of wax give your lips? The answer is, very little. If you enter
into the winter with healthy lips, then a wax-based balm like English
Ideas Grapefruit SPF 18 Lip Balm can be protective. But so can a
moisture rich lipstick or lip balm thats applied several times
daily. These are also great at acting as physical blocking agents to
the sun year round.
lips are dried out, what you really need are emollients to rehydrate
the parched areas. Simple emollients such as Vaseline in pocketsize
Healing Ointment, or English
Ideas Lip Solution Hydrating Lip Gel especially combined with night
time use of English
Ideas Lip Refine AHA Exfoliating Cream need to be applied obsessively
to the lips. And I do mean obsessively. The more frequent the application
of the emollient, the faster your results.
patients with resistant cases of dehydrated lips, my preference is to
include a prescription for 2 ½ % hydrocortisone ointment which
may be applied as much as 3-4 times a day if needed. Its amazing
how a low potency steroid ointment can make such a difference in the
regimen. Use of higher potency topical steroid ointments may occasionally
be used in extreme cases but certainly for no more than a week or two.
This also works wonders for Accutane patients year round. The steroid
ointment doesnt have a good taste, but it shouldnt harm
you should you taste some of it. Common sense tells us, however, that
trying to consume large quantities of hydrocortisone 2 ½ % ointment
isnt appropriate. And I need to stress that this is for short-term
fixes and not meant as continuous treatment.
Lips 2 (continued)