Around the world and in every country, the onset of cold weather has varied effects. While cold weather brings with it blizzards and snowstorms in Canada, USA and Northern Europe it just brings a respite from the hot weather in the equatorial regions. However it also brings with it a common problem of Chapped lips or Cheilitis.
Chapped lips or Cheilitis is a medical condition in which the lips of a person start drying or cracking especially on the upper layers. The skin itself sometimes peels in small sections. The sole reason for this is the loss of moisture from the upper layers of the lips. Excessive drying of the lips is usually characterized by slight bleeding and pain.
Chapped lips is caused by a variety of reasons that include:
1) Cold weather: Such weather conditions increase the rate of moisture loss from the lips as the air is dry.
2) Licking habits: Many people have a habit of licking their lips. Licking however, does not moisturize the lips; in fact the enzymes present in the saliva may actually sap the moisture from the lips.
3) Deficiency of Vitamin B2: Vitamin B2 plays an important role in various cellular process and metabolism of nutrients. Chapped lips is a common symptom that denotes the lack of Vitamin B2 in the body (this condition is called Ariboflavinosisâ, and is very uncommon).
4) Reactions to certain drugs: Overdose of certain medical drugs like Vitamin A supplements and other drugs containing retinoid based compounds are known to induce chapped lips.
As the title of this article indicates, the solutions to chapped Lips are easy and are as follows:
1) Don’t lick your lips: Read (2) above and let go of the misconception you have.
2) Use a petroleum jelly: A combination of a petroleum jelly/cream and a moisturizer, if available in a single product is the best. The jelly based cream prevents moisture from escaping, while the moisturizer helps in increasing the moisture content of the lips.
3) Drink a lot of water: It’s not just for chapped lips, keeping your body well hydrated will help in increasing the overall health of your body.
4) Home based remedies include, but are not limited to: application of beeswax, honey, butter or a vitamin E based oil.
5) Use of lipstick/lip balm: Many of these actually include moisturizers as well.
6) Proper quantities of vitamins B2 and E and Iron actually help prevent such skin diseases.
To sum it up, chapped lips is a condition that is easily preventable. Just apply a little bit of general common sense and some above mentioned simple remedies to make sure that your lips stay healthy even during unsuitable weather conditions.