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Treating Dry and Chapped Lips

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Dermatologist Amy Wechsler shares with us her advice on treating dry and chapped lips. She disusses what causes chapped lips, and what to avoid to prevent becoming dependent on lip balm.

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I have very full lips (move over, Angelina) that are chronically chapped, summer and winter. The two best remedies I've found are homemade. Mix together over low heat (1) extra virgin olive oil and lanolin, or (2) honey and cocoa butter (in stick form). If it's too runny or gloppy, add a few shavings of beeswax.

I've found that when my lips get painfully chapped in the winter, there is some kind of infection going on, not just dryness. I'm guessing the staph that is always on one's skin is getting in the small splits and increasing the irritation. Now before I put on a mild lip balm, I rub my lips with a Q-tip dipped in diluted Betadine, or rub them with hand sanitizer. Within an hour, they feel much smoother and less "chapped."

I have had chapped lips ever since I can remember. They recently got severely worse the past year, almost to the point of cracking and bleeding. I started taking a high dose (high in EPA and DHA) of Omega 3 for depression and was amazed that my lips were not as chapped anymore. My friends and family have even commented on them. I plan to continue to take Omega 3 oil from now on. It also helped greatly with the depression.

My mother had terrible chapped lips every winter. In an old magazine, we found that the juice of 1/2 lemon mixed with 1 tsp. refined sugar dabbed on the lips for 2 minutes removes the chapped skin. Rinse, then apply a light coat of pure glycerin to keep them nice and soft.

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