Chapped and “chapped” lips not only create discomfort, but they are also unpleasant because they definitely make our smile less noticeable. Lipsticks don’t apply properly, sometimes we have difficulty eating certain foods and drinks. Could it just be frequent lip licking that causes our lips to crack? No, check out other possible causes.
Eating salty foods
Chips, seeds, snacks, etc. These treats can be the cause of the cracking and peeling of the skin on the lips. Salt retains water, so it can absorb water from the lips and just dry them out. In addition, spicy foods can also contribute to chapped lips.
You are not well hydrated
Because of the rapid turnover of skin cells on your lips, you’re more susceptible to dryness if you’re not properly hydrated, say Western dermatologists. Dehydration can happen at any time of the year, but is more common in the winter, when dry indoor air can strip skin of its natural moisture.
Deficiency of essential vitamins
According to Western research, a deficiency of vitamins B2 and B3 can cause dryness and chapping of the lips. On the other hand, these vitamins are necessary for the proper functioning of the body. Vitamin B2 is responsible for good metabolism, the regulation of the level of amino acids in the blood and the functioning of all cells in the body. Vitamin B3 deficiency is important for cholesterol balance, carbohydrate and fat metabolism.
Vitamin B3 is a powerful antioxidant and one of the most important for skin health and beauty.
Other deficiencies that can lead to skin deterioration of the lips are those of omega-3 fatty acids, vitamins E and C.
Sun exposure, tanning beds
The skin on the lips also needs sun protection, and we can provide this by nourishing it with various lip balms for this purpose. The sun draws water out of the skin and this can make it drier. Also, inflammation from sunburn can leave the lips peeling while the skin cells are trying to recover.
Too warm drinks
If you’re a fan of hot soups, teas and coffees, don’t be surprised if your lips are chapped most of the time. The skin on this part of the face is very delicate and tender and would have a hard time tolerating the high temperatures of the drinks.
Chapped lips can also happen as a result of applying lipstick, lip balm or lip gloss, especially if you are allergic to some of the ingredients of the products. But allergies to certain foods can also lead to cracking of the skin on the lips.
Excessive vitamin A intake
Excessive intake of vitamin A in the body can cause dry lips, chapping, flaking and bleeding.
One of the symptoms of chronic inflammation is cracking of the lips, but also increased saliva secretion. In addition, people with sensitive skin are more prone to inflammation in the lip area, according to Western research.