How to Stop Lip Picking

Lip picking may be triggered by stress.
Lip picking may be triggered by stress. (Image: Jupiterimages/ Images)

Lip picking is when you pull the skin off of your lips, which is usually due to chapping or dryness. Extreme weather conditions, sickness and fever blisters may trigger this practice. Its natural to want to remove dead skin but constant picking may do more harm than good. In some rare cases, lip picking is symptom of obsessive-compulsive behavior.

Things You'll Need

  • Lip scrub
  • Soft towel
  • Lip balm

Apply a lip scrub to your lips with a clean finger. Rub the scrub over the skin on and around the lips. Removing some of the dead skin may reduce the urge to pick the skin.

Rinse the lip scrub away with warm water. Pat the lips dry; do not rub them. Skin will be sensitive and won't need more exfoliation.

Apply an emollient lip balm containing vitamin E. Vitamin E soothes and moisturizes the skin.

Tips & Warnings

  • Seek medical assistance is this behavior becomes a habit.

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