Many feel that Chap Stick is the best cure for split lips, but for others the chemicals can cause an infection or even more irritation. There are a few natural remedies that can be tried right at home that can assist you in healing or preventing your split lip.
The Signs and Symptoms of a Split Lip
Chapped lips can be identified because the lips become red and dry, and in severe cases the lip may split and begin to bleed, causing even more pain. It can be embarrassing, as well as very uncomfortable because split lips can interfere with many daily activities such as eating, smiling and talking.
Cause of Chapped and Split Lips
The cause of chapped lips is a loss of moisture and natural oils in lip skin, because of sun exposure, cold dry winds or repeated licking of the lips. Dry, swollen and split lips can also be attributed to allergies, infections, and winter colds.
Natural Home Remedies
Make sure that your body is not lacking any B vitamins, or other things such as iron or fatty acids. Deficiencies such as these can cause cracking in the corners and scaling of the lips. Talk with your doctor about taking a multivitamin.
Make sure that you are not allergic to any of the lipsticks or lip balms you are using. Choose a creamy lipstick that will act more like a balm.
Drinking plenty of water will keep your body hydrated and your lips moist. This rule is especially true during the winter. Even putting a wet cool cloth on your lips to hydrate them will feel very comforting and will also hydrate the lips even further. Seal in the moisture with an all natural lip balm, apply it every few hours to make sure they do not split.
Find a balm that has an SPF to prevent sun damage.
Be sure to make a conscious effort not to lick or bite your lips. This will only damage the split more as it does not provide moisture, and biting actually removes the lips protective coating.
Very gently, you can use a toothbrush to remove the dead skin cells on your lips that are only going to cause more drying and flaking.
Rub a slice of cucumber on your lips, or use aloe Vera gel, which will help heal the split in your lip quickly.
Make sure that the split does not become infected. An over the counter antibiotic cream to prevent infection will help with this.
An overheated body can also cause mouth sores, split lips and ulcers. Take a look at your diet and see if you are eating too many heating foods. Heating foods include pepper, brown sugar, dates, cilantro, tobacco, apricots, cinnamon, ginger, cherries, coconut, garlic, coffee, guavas, peaches, ham, raspberries, durian, vinegar, mandarin oranges, and grapes.
You can incorporate cooling foods into your diet to help cool down your body, thus healing mouth and lip sores. Some cooling foods are yogurt, strawberries, cucumbers, pears, peppermint, lettuce, star fruit, zucchini, barley and watermelon.
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