Dry weather can cause chapped lips besides other causes such as: Lip biting and sucking, Vitamin B2 (riboflavin) deficiency. Other causes are ill fitting dentures and overexposure to the sun which don't seem to be the cause in your case. Smoking can surely cause lip discoloration and stained teeth among other sufferings.
Some tips you can follow to regain your natural lip color:
- Apply either lip balm or petroleum jelly or vitamin E oil or aloe vera gel. The idea is to you're your lips moist with these greasy products.
- If you are going out, use lip balm which contains sunblock.
- It is a good idea to use a humidifier to moisten the air in your home.
- If you have cracks at the corner of your mouth, you are likely to have Vitamin B2 deficiency, hence taking Vitamin B2 supplements will help. Consume foods rich in vitamin B2 namely Milk, organ meats such as liver, kidney and eggs. Some vegetables and fruits provide a small but constant supply.
- Check with your dermatologist regarding the pink patch on your lips. Chapped lips tend to become infected easily so your lips are likely to be infected. If this is the case, he might suggest an over the counter antibiotic ointment which would help you. Speak to your dermatologist about this.
- Don't keep licking your chapped lips as it can cause lip-licker's dermatitis. You might feel that by wetting your lips you are making them moist but what actually happens is that you are drying them further. When you frequently lick your chapped lips, you scrape off any oil from surrounding areas of your lips and end up with a red ring of dermatitis around the mouth. Hence, avoid licking your lips.
- Drink plenty of water to prevent dehydration.
A good home remedy to regain natural lip color especially caused by smoking is :
Rub a slice of lemon over your lips. This normally works! Bit If you have an infection, get that treated first and then work on gaining back your natural lip color.
answered by P P on May 30, 2006, 12:30:03