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Dry lips: Causes, Symptoms and Treatments

Cracked, peeling or chapped lips are commonly termed as dry lips. Dry lips are a sign that your hydration levels are low. Having dry lips are commonly a sign of problems in the digestive tract. Lips are more prone to drying out than other parts of the body.

Causes of dry lips:

Those who have dry skin specially experience dry lips. Some of its causes are.

  • Weather
  • Dehydration
  • Lip licking
  • Infections
  • Allergies
  • Vitamin deficiency
  • Certain medications

Symptoms of dry lips:

Some of the symptoms of dry lips are;

  • Dryness
  • Cracks
  • Scales
  • Sores
  • Bleedings
  • Swellings
  • Flaking

Treatments for dry lips:

Lips do not contain oil glands like other parts of the skin. Therefore, it’s more liable to drying and becoming chapped. Some of the treatments are;

  • Use a good lip balm
  • Exfoliate the lips
  • Drink plenty of water
  • Use a humidifier
  • Avoid smoking

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