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What should I avoid doing if I have chapped lips?

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It's like your mother always said: If you don't stop picking at that, it'll never get better. Follow these tips to help your lips heal.

  • Don’t peel or bite flaky skin. The skin on your lips is thin and delicate. Picking at it can cause it to bleed and hurt, slow the healing process, and cause more irritation.
  • Don’t exfoliate. It can cause further damage to chapped lips. Instead, apply plenty of balm or ointment and turn on the humidifier.

From: Why Are My Lips Chapped? WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

American Academy of Dermatology:“Chapped Lips.”

Lauren Ploch, MD, professor of dermatology, Ochsner Medical Center, New Orleans.

De Anna Glaser, MD, professor of dermatology, St. Louis University, Missouri.

University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences: “Does licking your lips when they’re chapped really help?”

Steven K. Grekin, DO, Grekin Skin Institute, Wyandotte, MI.

Reviewed by Stephanie S. Gardner on July 17, 2017

SOURCES:

American Academy of Dermatology:“Chapped Lips.”

Lauren Ploch, MD, professor of dermatology, Ochsner Medical Center, New Orleans.

De Anna Glaser, MD, professor of dermatology, St. Louis University, Missouri.

University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences: “Does licking your lips when they’re chapped really help?”

Steven K. Grekin, DO, Grekin Skin Institute, Wyandotte, MI.

Reviewed by Stephanie S. Gardner on July 17, 2017

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