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Dermatologist in Algonquin, IL describes how to get rid of chapped lips
Posted by Dr. Vikram Khanna
Winter weather can cause a problem for many men and women who may otherwise not deal with dry skin. Spending time in the colder weather can dry out exposed and sensitive skin, and the lack of moisture in the air due to heaters can take a toll on the moisture that is naturally found in the skin. Drs. Vikram Khanna and Rania Agha of Dermatology Specialists of Illinois are here to provide solutions that can be used in maintaining moisture in the skin over time. If you are struggling with keeping your lips and skin hydrated, our dermatologists can help you learn how to get rid of chapped lips in Algonquin, IL.
How to get rid of chapped lips
Once the lips have become dry and chapped, they can be painful and unsightly. Patients may experience cracking and bleeding that can be very uncomfortable. The skin on the lips is extremely thin and more susceptible to drying out without proper care. If you have already developed chapped lips, here are some tips on how to address the problem and get the lips moisturized and healed:
Use a hydrating lip balm. To heal lips, it is important to keep them covered and apply a lip balm or cream that is super-hydrating. Not only should this be applied regularly throughout the day, but a good coating of something highly moisturizing at night can speed the healing process. Some patients even find relief with just using petroleum jelly as a barrier instead of specialized products and ointments.
Read product labels before using. There are many yummy-smelling lip balms out there that our patients like, but unfortunately, many of these include ingredients that can be drying on the skin. These may include certain fragrances and allergens that can sap moisture from the skin instead of calming and soothing chapped lips and skin.
Maintain coverage of the mouth during outdoor exposure. Use a scarf when out in the winter air to protect the mouth and facial skin from the dry air. Also, maintain use of a cream or balm to protect the lips and allow them to heal. Choose one that offers sunscreen protection as an extra benefit.
Avoid dry air in the house. During the winter months, it is common for patients to utilize space heaters to keep their living spaces warmer. However, this can greatly reduce the humidity in the air and add dryness that can affect the lips and skin. Instead, wear more clothing layers instead of running a heater, and utilize a humidifier during dryer days to keep moisture in the air.
Avoid licking the lips. While it may seem that licking the lips will keep them moist, it can dry them out faster. If your lips are already chapped, this can make the situation even worse. Avoid licking the lips and continue using balms.
If you have tried all the above for several days and have been unable to find relief from severely chapped lips, it may be time to work with a dermatologist to obtain products or treatments that can be used in restoring hydration to the lips and allowing them to heal. Our team of professionals can provide an assessment and evaluation of the skin to determine what method of treatment is best. Dermatologists have access to prescription-strength products that are stronger and more effective than anything available over-the-counter and may speed healing and rebuilding of the skin cells on the lips that have been troubled by dry winter air.
Reduce chapped lips and work with our team to learn about ways to protect the skin
Winter is harsh to not only the lips, but also the skin on the rest of the body. If you are struggling with maintaining moisture in your skin and are interested in working with a professional team to seek relief, we welcome you to book an appointment at Dermatology Specialists of Illinois. Drs. Vikram Khanna and Rania Agha are here to help. Call (844) 307-7546 to schedule an appointment at the practice, conveniently located in Suite B at 2430 Esplanade Drive.