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Chapped lips

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Lips - chapped and dry

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Here are some recommendations for preventing chapped lips:

  • Avoid excessive sun exposure.
  • Avoid going out in dry, cold weather without putting on lip balm or lipstick.
  • Try to keep the air in your home humid.
  • Use a sunscreen on your lips when outside in sunny weather.

Here are some recommendations for soothing chapped and sore lips:

  • Drink additional fluids in winter months.
  • Treat chapped lips with beeswax and petrolatum (Vaseline).

See your health care provider if you have sores that will not heal on your lips.

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Review Date: 10/10/2020

Reviewed By

Linda J. Vorvick, MD, Clinical Associate Professor, Department of Family Medicine, UW Medicine, School of Medicine, University of Washington, Seattle, WA. Also reviewed by David Zieve, MD, MHA, Medical Director, Brenda Conaway, Editorial Director, and the A.D.A.M. Editorial team.

References

Dinulos JGH. Atopic dermatitis. In: Dinulos JGH, ed. Habif's Clinical Dermatology. 7th ed. Philadelphia, PA: Elsevier; 2021:chap 5.

Dinulos JGH. Warts, herpes simplex, and other viral infections. In: Dinulos JGH, ed. Habif's Clinical Dermatology. 7th ed. Philadelphia, PA: Elsevier; 2021:chap 12.

James WD, Elston DM, Treat JR, Rosenbach MA, Neuhaus IM. Cutaneous signs and diagnosis. In: James WD, Elston DM, Treat JR, Rosenbach, MA, Neuhaus IM, eds. Andrews' Diseases of the Skin. 13th ed. Philadelphia, PA: Elsevier; 2020:chap 2.

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Chapped lips

Dry chapped lips can occur in cold and even warm weather. To avoid chapped lips, use a lip balm with sunscreen when outside in any weather. To soothe dry chapped lips treat with beeswax and phenol (such as Carmex).

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Chapped lips

Dry chapped lips can occur in cold and even warm weather. To avoid chapped lips, use a lip balm with sunscreen when outside in any weather. To soothe dry chapped lips treat with beeswax and phenol (such as Carmex).

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