How to Cure Dark & Chapped Lips

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Chapped lips usually are associated with the cold, dry winter weather, but they can occur at any time. Using too much lipstick can make your lips dark and dry, according to the Beauty Tips website. Dehydration can cause chapped lips as well. And licking your lips can cause them to turn dark and dry. Using a moisturizer can help heal your lips, but that's only treating part of the problem. To cure dark and chapped lips, you have to treat the entire problem.

Things You'll Need

  • Lip balm or petroleum jelly
  • Vitamin supplements
  • Drink plenty of water to keep your body properly hydrated and rid it of unhealthy toxins. Having dry lips and a dry mouth are signs of mild dehydration, according to Real Age. Once your lips become dry, they can easily chap.

  • Apply a moisturizing lip balm or a protective petroleum jelly on your chapped lips to help heal them. Apply the lip balm or jelly throughout the day, especially after you eat or drink. Use a lip balm with a protective sunscreen if you spend much time outside.

  • Nourish your body by eating a healthy diet and taking vitamin supplements. Having a deficiency of B-complex vitamins and iron can cause your lips to become dark and chapped, according to Menscience.

  • Add moisture to your home environment to help cure chapped lips. Set bowls of water around, or use a humidifier if the air is very dry.

Tips & Warnings

  • Don't repeatedly wet your chapped lips with your tongue in an effort to moisturize them. Wetting them will cause them to become dark and will irritate them further.
  • Check the ingredients on lip balm products. Stay away from products that contain glycerin, petrochemicals, alcohol and menthol, according to Health Guidance. These chemicals can dry your lips and make them worse.

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