The skin that covers your lips is unique. It doesn’t have sweat or oil glands and it’s the thinnest skin on your body. That makes it especially vulnerable to day-to-day aggressors, like sun, wind, heat, salty foods and dryness. Add aging into the mix and you’ve got a recipe for extra dry and uncomfortable lips.
“Lips are delicate and undergo a lot of abuse from foods (rough, acidic, etc), the elements (windy weather, long dry winters), and aren’t protected by clothing,” explains Dr. Benjamin Barankin, a dermatologist and medical director of the Toronto Dermatology Centre. “And sometimes we cause our own troubles by picking or licking them.”
Winter often takes a toll. Heating our homes, frigid winds and a lack of humidity makes dryness worse. Lips can become cracked and painful quickly since they have the highest density of nerve endings of any spot on your body. That’s when we tend to lick our lips the most. Though it might make them feel a bit better in the moment, it’s a practice that will only exacerbate the problem, so try to resist the temptation.
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