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5 things that can make chapped lips worse, according to dermatologists

Dry lips in women

Our very own Dr. Benjamin Barankin was quoted in The Huffington Post discussing the treatment and prevention of chapped lips.

If you keep getting chapped lips this could one of the reasons:

Excessively licking your already-dried out lips, as Dr. Benjamin Barankin, dermatologist and medical director of Toronto Dermatology Centre, put it, leads to “short-term gain, long-term pain.”

Barankin also noted that hot water strips away the natural oils that keep lips moisturized. To keep your lips from drying out, Nazarian recommended using lukewarm water and gentle cleansers when washing your face “to prevent your skin from drying out, especially in arid and cold weather months.” And that applies to your time in the shower, too, when hot water will come in contact with your lips.

Barankin recommended using a bland chapstick twice a day and urged not to lick or pick at your lips. If you need to put some moisture back into your lips, he also said you can put a damp cloth with warm water over the area followed by a proper lip balm to lock it all in.

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Original article by Julia Brucculieri, HuffPost US

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