What Does It Mean If My Lips Are Always Dry?

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Connor Sephton answered
There are a number of reasons for dry lips so it isn’t possible to say that there is definitely one explanation for your particular case. When we think of body care, lips tend to be forgotten, yet they need more care than other parts when it comes to moisturising. Everybody’s skin has natural oils that go some way in helping retain moisture, especially in times of low humidity and cold winters, but lips don’t have this ability.

Lips also don’t have any melanin so there is an increased danger of them burning when it is hot, so you must make sure you give them added protection then.

The weather is an obvious culprit when it comes to dry and chapped lips; it isn’t just the sun that can cause damage, but exposure to cold winds can lead to very painful dry and cracked lips, often making them bleed if you don’t protect them with some kind of balm.

If you know the weather isn’t responsible, then there are a number of other things it could be, including dehydration and eczema but you could also have a vitamin deficiency, particularly vitamins A, B and C. You could try increasing these in your diet naturally, or take a supplement to see if that helps.

The worst thing you can do to dry lips is to keep licking them in an attempt to relieve the dryness. The only thing this will achieve is to make them worse.

If drinking more, protecting your lips from the elements and improving your diet don’t work, then maybe you should see your doctor.
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Opera winfrey had that on her show ones that put to much lip stick etc. Have problems with drying. Your lips have to produce there own oils. Try adding vitamin E to your daily Vitamins and drinking water in the day. You will see a diff. In a few days but you really need to let your lips heal... In the AM put some Vitamin E (pop a capsule) on your lips
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I recently had a dry lip problem and after drinking 6 glasses of water in a row, my lips literally reinflated. Also. I often had a problem with a variety of lip balms...a lot of them make the problem worse. Keep trying different types but I have used the Blistex in the pink tub for years. It should work for you!!
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Sounds overly simplistic, but the truth is you are dehydrated. That is why they are so much worse when you wake up, you've gone many hours without liquids. How much water do you drink in a day?Every cell in your body requires water to function properly.  general rule of thumb for water consumption is to take your weight (130) divide by 2 = (65) and that is the number of ounces you should be drinking. I know that seems like a lot of water...(1/2 gal. Give or take) but if you could even come close to that you would see a major improvement in your skin. (your bladder and kidneys and all of your other organs will thank you too!)
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I am sorry to say you are all wrong. I suffer from the same problem. I drink tons of water a day because the job I do requires it. I have tried every chapstick available to man. The chapstick causes my lips to sting and beads of moisture actually appear on my lip. It's almost like the chapstick is drawing the moisture out. The only thing she can do is to go to a dermatologist. Mine prescribed a1% hydrocortisone mixed with butane. That is the only thing that has worked.
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Teresa answered
Water for the dehydration and Blistex for the cracked lips, I swear by that stuff! No need to mix it w/vaseline, that's just grease. And get the Blistex that's NOT in chapstick form!
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Robyn Rothman answered
I have had this problem for many years, and a lack of water is definitely not a problem.  Amother thing you should know is that products like vaseline and Chapstick, which are petroleum based, offer only temporary relief from the problem.  I wish I knew of something that worked better.
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You could have eczema. I had it around my lips and thats probably why it itches. It looks almost like a rash. Do you also have allergies? Allergies and eczema usually come hand in hand. You need to go see a dermatologist and she can prescribe you a steroid ointment similiar to hydrocortisone but stronger. I still get chapped lips but everytime I brush my teeth I brush my lips gently too and before I sleep I put that ointment on at night. Hope that helps. Look up pictures of eczema on lips and see if yours looks like that.
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It usually means that you have not been drinking enough water. Soda and milk dehydrate you more.
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Anonymous commented
MILK dehydrates?? really? I have never heard of this.
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It does when you are not drinking enough water to counteract it.
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You need to drink more water, you are dehydrated, and you should take other things to drink too, but water is the most important. Hope this helps, and in the meantime, keep using chapstick.
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You should drink more water, and until that starts to work buy some Vaseline to smooth them.
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Anonymous answered
I don't know if anyone has thought of this, but you may need to drink more water..... I'm just saying
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Jeremy hewey answered
I just had to register to offer my advice as I don't think it's been mentioned..

Drink more water?!
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Even if your body and organs are hydrated, you may still need lotion and chap stick. Especially depending on your local climate. Our epidermis is exposed to much more potentially harsh conditions, and need either a preemptive protective layer, or may need extra moisturizing after exposure to extreme conditions. And of course it is significantly dependant on where you live, but extreme conditions pretty much means going outside anywhere these days. Try a Sunscreen chap stick Just when your going outside, and if that doesn't work, check into regular lip and skin moisturizers. Sometimes, if you are well hydrated, they just need time to heal, and a nightly application of white petroleum, or beeswax will do the trick. Let me know if you think your location and climate may not be the cause, and you can look into diet and your inherited traits. Good luck. Keep lots of lip moisturizers handy all the time right now, there are so many try try and choose from to keep on hand while your lips heal. But if your well hydrated, you may find an occasional nightly application is all you need. Good [email protected]!

-"The man with the most chapped lips in the world." Davíd
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moodie madd answered
You probably need to drink more water Your lips are dry because they don't have enough moisture and that will help give them moisture. So drink more water and use lots of chap stick and when this happened to me I even used some neosporin!
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I have the same problem, isn't it horrible. I'm always licking my lips, although everyone tells me not to. Erm I'm still trying to work out what to do, i know i couldn't carry chopstick with me all the time, as i would forget it, break it, lose it and i don't like the stuff anyway! I find this really annoying!!! Water may be the answer, but with me a few mins later and there dry and i can't stop myself from licking them. I also heard that the sun damages them and makes them hard? I'm not sure!

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