What is Dry & Chapped lips?
Dry or Chapped Lips is a condition whereby the lips become dry and possibly cracked. Often the lips become dry because the layer of oil that is naturally produced by the body to coat the lips is removed or is lacking.
Dry and chapped lips is also associated with cheilitis, an inflammatory lip condition which can be caused as a side effect of certain medications such as Isotretinoin.
What causes Dry & Chapped lips?
Causes vary, but most of the time dry lips result when lips lose moisture due to dehydration, too much exposure to the wind or too much sun. Occasionally, however, dry lips may signal a more serious condition. When a health problems exist, dry or cracked lips could be one of many symptoms.
- Environmental Factors
- Medical Conditions
- Interactions and allergies
- Cold sores