How to Treat Chapped Lips\nDry, cracked lips are uncomfortable \u2014 and they may make you self-conscious of how you look and feel.\u00a0They may appear red and swollen, and may even bleed as a result of dryness. Learn more about how to treat chapped lips.\nExpert dermatology care in Pennsylvania, when you need it. Learn about eDermatology.\nWhy Are My Lips Chapped?\nYour lips don’t have oil glands like the rest of your body, so they’re more prone to dryness than other areas of your skin. Any of the following conditions can contribute to chapped lips.\nCauses of Chapped Lips\n\nDehydration \u2013\u00a0When your body is dehydrated, your lips are more prone to dryness. Drink about eight glasses of water per day to stay properly hydrated.\nMalnutrition\u00a0\u2013\u00a0Improper diet and nutrient deficiencies can make skin and lips drier than usual.\nLack of protection \u2013\u00a0Just as you need to apply sunscreen to the rest of your body, your lips need protection, too. Coat them in a quality lip balm that carries an SPF rating. You should also apply lip balm in cold, windy conditions.\nBreathing through your mouth \u2013\u00a0Because your lips are already prone to dryness, breathing with your mouth open, especially while sleeping, eliminates moisture and leads to chapping.\nSome medications or chemicals \u2013\u00a0Medications, including Vitamin A supplements and lithium can cause chapped lips, as can chemicals in some makeup, lotions, and lip balms. Keep ingredients like eucalyptus, menthol, and camphor away from your lips.\nCheilitis \u2013\u00a0Cheilitis is a condition associated with infections and inflammatory diseases. Symptoms include severely chapped and red lips, lips with a lumpy texture, and lips that are cracked in the corners or have ulcers.\n\nRELATED:\u00a0Protect Your Skin: Sunscreen 101\nHow Do I Get Rid of Chapped Lips?\nHealing chapped lips takes a bit of persistence, but it’s a problem that can often be solved at home.\nIf your lips are bleeding, sore, or chapped for an abnormally long period of time, you should consult your dermatologist.\n\nHere are a few suggestions for treating and preventing chapped lips at home.\n\nApply lip balm liberally.\u00a0One of the best ways to help your lips is to keep them moisturized with a balm or ointment that won’t irritate your skin or cause an allergic reaction. Apply several times throughout the day, even when your lips aren’t chapped, to prevent dryness.\nStay hydrated.\u00a0Drink plenty of water and use a humidifier in your home to provide your lips with the moisture they need.\nTry a home remedy,\u00a0like applying honey to your lips to soothe, heal, and moisturize them.\nDon’t lick or pick at your lips.\u00a0When you lick your lips, your saliva will evaporate alongside your lips’ lasting moisture. So, anytime you feel the urge to lick your lips, apply a moisturizing balm instead. When your lips are chapped, don’t pick at or bite them, either. The skin on your lips is thin and delicate, and picking at it only irritates it and prolongs the problem.\nCheck your medicines, makeup, and toothpaste.\u00a0An ingredient in one of these could be causing dryness, irritation, or an allergic reaction.\n\nBe sure to pay attention to your lips, especially during the cold months and when you’re in the sun. Find more information by visiting the\u00a0UPMC Department of Dermatology website.