What Do Cracked Lips Mean?

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Cracked lips occur where the lips chap and separate into small cuts. Dry winters, however, aren't the only cause for cracked lips. They can arise from a variety of sources.

Drug Reaction

  • Cracked lips can be a side effect of some drugs. According to Skinsight.com, the following can be causes: retinoids, lithium, chemotherapy drugs, d-penicillamine, isoniazid, phenothiazine and high doses of vitamin A.

Outside Elements

  • Environmental conditions such as cold, windy weather can quickly cause dehydration to occur. Drink lots of fluids to help combat a winter dry spell.

Licking Lips

  • Licking your lips is a nervous habit that causes chapped and cracked lips. When the saliva evaporates, it leaves your lips drier than before.

Allergic Reaction

  • The ingredient propyl gallate found in lipstick can cause an allergic reaction. Also, sodium lauryl sulfate in toothpaste can cause chapped lips.

Snoring

  • If you snore throughout the night that means air is constantly blowing across your lips. This will dehydrate your lips.

References

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