Dry skin is something that occurs naturally in every person. There are different areas where people can become affected with dry skin, some areas are less noticeable than others. Dry skin around lips may occur occasionally occur, when it does, it can be very noticeable and can make someone feel very uncomfortable. There are reasons behind dry skin, however there are ways to help in preventing and healing dry skin. So do not fret, you won’t be stuck with dry skin forever, just follow the tips below and your skin will be smooth and moisturized in no time.
Causes for Dry Skin around Lips
There a few reasons as to why dry skin occurs around the mouth. It can either be a chronic condition or it can be appear randomly. The cause behind dry skin really varies depending on the person and their skin type. Below are some of the more common causes for dry skin around the mouth.
- Perioral Dermatitis: the dry skin around the mouth as a result of perioral dermatitis resembles the look of acne. Red, raised bumps develop along with dry and sensitive skin. The cause of this is usually due to the overuse of certain topical creams, especially those containing cortisone, other heavy ointments and cream can also cause perioral dermatitis, along with certain fluoridated toothpastes
- Contact Dermatitis: the dry skin that occurs from this is due to direct contact of the skin with a particular irritant, that causes the skin to become dry and irritated. This is usually due to particular fragrances, mint, menthol, citrus, among other irritants. Also the use of certain toothpastes, mouthwash, lipsticks and lip balms have irritant properties that can also lead to dryness
- Seborrheic Dermatitis: Dry skin is caused by oily skin. The oil from the skin combines with the yeast that naturally occurs on your skin and causes an irritation on your skin. There are oil glands that are located near your nose, so when this irritation occurs it usually affects the areas around the nose, including the mouth
- Changes in Weather, Lip Licking and Medications: Extreme changes in the weather, whether it be from hot to cold (or vice versa) or extreme wind conditions can cause your skin to become dry. Licking your lips can also cause dryness because saliva removes naturally secreted oils that help to keep your lips or other parts of your skin moisturized. Medications that you may be taking may also cause an increase in dryness around the mouth, mostly in medications that treat acne.
Preventing Dry Skin around Lips
Lip Balm that contains wax is one of the best prevention methods for dry lips and skin around your mouth. While it doesn’t provide moisture, the wax helps to create a seal on your lips that locks in moisture and prevents them from becoming extremely dry or causing irritations to occur.
SPF – lip products that contain sunscreen are essential to keeping your lips moisturized and non-irritated. SPF lip products also help in preventing your skin from becoming more damaged and irritated. Be sure to use this whenever you plan to be outside for long periods of time because it can also prevent dryness in the first place
Tea Tree Oil, when it is slightly diluted, can help to reduce inflammation and help to relieve allergic responses in areas of the skin by the lips and mouth, especially if you are prone to getting dry corners of your lips. However, some have said that tea tree oil causes an increase in irritation, so it’s best to consult with a healthcare professional to see if this treatment is right for you and your skin.
Healing Dry Skin around Lips
One of the best things to do when the skin around your mouth is dry is to switch to fragrance free skincare products. These products are usually the ones that make dry skin worse. So using alternatives for lip products that are fragrance-free can really help in preventing the dry skin on your mouth from becoming even worse. Also switching to alcohol free toothpaste and mouthwash can also help in reducing the irritation on dry skin on your mouth and lips.
Toothpaste is a big irritant when it comes to dry lips. Since you can’t stop using toothpaste and finding natural toothpastes might be difficult and expensive, you should use a gentle cleanser, one that is preferably fragrance free to wipe your lips and mouth after brushing your teeth and after using mouthwash. This not only helps to heal your dry skin on your lips, but it also helps in preventing lip irritation.
Another useful lip product to help in preventing and healing dry skin on your lips is the use of petrolatum-based products. This helps to prevent cracking in already dry lips and helps to seal in moisture on your lips so that they don’t become more irritated.
If problems are persistent and the dry skin around your mouth is not getting any better. This may be due to a particular medication you are taking and you should consult with your doctor because you may need a medicated cream to help in getting rid of your dry skin around your mouth and lips.
While dry skin around the mouth and lips can be very embarrassing and irritating, there are many causes behind it and many ways to prevent and heal your dry lips and skin. So don’t despair! Remember the tips from above and before you know it, you will have smooth, moisturized skin that will be something to continually smile about!