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Top Most Causes of Chapped Lips

We all feel bad when we have dry skin, however, the feeling of having chapped, dry lips is worse and traumatizing. The feeling is so hard to forget, and it’s stressing. But you may not know what’s making your lips chapped. Wind exposure and harsh weather that leads to chapped lips. But there are other causes of chapped lips you should worry about as well. Below you will get to know some of the elements that make your lips chapped.

Toothpaste

toothbrush with toothpasteDifferent kinds of toothpaste have the ingredient known as sodium lauryl sulfate which can be irritating causing chapped lips. So if you are suffering from chapped lips consider changing your toothpaste, but also check on other kinds of products you can apply on your lips. Avoid products that contain dehydrating alcohol.

Dehydration

Your lips don’t have oil glands like your skin and because of this they can get dry and chapped easily. Dry lips are one sign that your body is dehydrated. Lack of enough water in your body will make your lips dry and chapped. More so, doing activities such as motor boating and skiing which include wind and UV rays exposure can cause water loss and chapped lips.

Mouth Breathing

Maybe you have nasal allergies. Perhaps you might have noticed that your lips get chapped when you have flu or cold because it makes you breath using your mouth when sleeping. When air passes over your lips regularly, it makes them dry. Mostly, people who have sleep apnea or snore have this issue, and they always wake up with dry lips. During such situations, it’s advisable that you keep your lips well moisturized all the time, mostly before you retire to bed at night.

Medical Conditions

You will learn that autoimmune diseases can make your lips to be more sensitive to the sun hence result in chapped lips. It’s then essential that you use lip balm if you have the autoimmune disease. Besides, thyroid disease also causes chapped lips. More so, people with downs syndrome have chapped and dry lips as well. You should then be keen on all other symptoms and make sure you consult an expert to assist you out.

 

Licking Your Lips

soft lipsMostly, we tend to lick our lips when they feel chapped and dry. But after licking them, they will become dry again after a short while then you will lick them again. Which turns into continuous dehydration of your lips, since your saliva will evaporate, moisture from your lips disappears making your lips more chapped than before. Your lips will become rough and dry so you should avoid this habit to prevent chapped lips.