Lip-drying mistake: Medication
If a medication can cause dry mouth, it can cause dry, chapped lips, experts warn. The list of drugs associated with this side effect is long and includes many over-the-counter and prescription anti-depressants, antihistamines, anti-anxiety medications, decongestants, muscle relaxants, and pain medications, according to the Mayo Clinic. Ask your doctor or pharmacist whether your meds may be causing your dry, chapped lips. He or she will likely recommend coping strategies, including the use of a moisturizing lip balm. Stay informed by reading about these 10 odd medication side effects.
Dry lips are more than a cosmetic problem
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Dry, chapped lips do more than mar an otherwise picturesque smile. Dry lips can be painful, especially when they crack and bleed. They tend to occur more often during the cold winter months, but sun exposure can also dry out a pout. “Lips are unbelievably thin, and unlike other areas of the skin, the lips have no oil glands so they tend to dry out easily,” says Sam Rizk, MD, a facial plastic surgeon in New York, NY. “The lip borders may become cracked and peel from excessive dryness caused by the weather, cold air, dry air, indoor heating, or exposure to chemicals and from certain medications.” Some of your habits and choices, even those you think are good for lip health, may be making matters worse. Read on to find out 7 reasons why your lips are dry and chapped.