What causes lips to start peeling? Peeling can crop up and grow into a habit. Due to the thinness of lip skin covering, peeling may be in form of small thin flake-like or layers depending on the causes, triggers or risk factors such as fungal infections among others.
What is lip peeling? In this sense, when they start peeling it means a problem that causes the skin in this area to come off.
There are a number of things that can directly cause the peeling this problem whereas others prompt or lead to the problem. However, this may not be related to problems in lipstick peeling off.
Peeling lips exfoliative cheilitis
Exfoliative cheilitis is a rare skin condition (or disease) that affects the lips, and its borders in particular. Like psoriasis, this condition also has persistent symptoms and long-term signs.
Since the symptoms can raise concerns, this condition can potentially be telling something about a lingering problem with your immunity especially as it initially starts to appear.
One of the common symptoms of exfoliative cheilitis is discomfort as indicated by lip dryness. Other signs/symptoms include:
- Burning sensation of either affected lips
- Tingling along lip borders or affected areas
- It may become discolored with the removal of keratin (peeling)
- Lesions that recur or appear again
Chronic lip biting, oral or lip sucking and breathing through the mouth can worsen the symptoms exfoliative cheilitis.
This skin condition can respond to various treatments at varying levels and this can make cosmetic practices sound disastrous.
NOTE: Keep in mind that certain treatments can worsen this condition.
There are other things that can cause burning sensations in the skin such as allergic reactions. It is, therefore, best to read the symptoms and the changes taking place before you resort to quick treatments.
Dry peeling lips
People with this chronic symptoms often lick when lips to relieve the discomfort caused by dryness. Dryness is not only one of the risks that could lead to peeling with teeth but also tempts one to actually chew them.
Here are three or four of the major causes of dryness include:
Cold weather or winds
Exposure to cold winds or weather conditions can literally make the lips dry out. Cold winds carry away moisture leaving them vulnerable to peeling due to moisture loss.
Individuals with the lip-licking problem usually develop it and eventually become habitual but are occasional during winter.
Besides injury, damage can also be attributed to harmful effects of the direct sun. Occasionally, this would cause sunburned lips. Formation of blisters and itchy, dry patches after to sunburn can also prompt peeling.
Lip irritation is primarily due to the fact that they lack typical features of skin with hair follicles. The list of things that can make into the list can be endless. However, many of those known include alcohol, certain ingredients in care products such as lipstick.
Since there are various reasons for dryness, certain noticeable symptoms (like redness in eyes, changes in tongue, etc.) or those that individuals experience such as developing a fever could be a signal of a serious health-related problem.
Another likely risk for peeling lips is a deficiency symptom. More often, many people end up with dry, cracked skin due to deficiency of certain B vitamins. Other considerable vitamin deficiencies include vitamins A and C.
Symptoms that indicate vitamin deficiency widely vary with a vitamin type. For instance symptoms of riboflavin (vitamin B} include:
- Presence of cracks on lip borders
- Sores on the outsides and on lip corners
- Swelling of the mouth lining
- Inflamed scaly skin
- Redness on mouth lining
One of the problems encountered here is that of identifying correctly if dryness or cracking of skin is actually associated with deficiency of certain vitamins. For instance, if not diagnosed properly, this could be mistaken for something else such as
Dry lips and hypothyroidism
Does dryness mean that you have a thyroid disease or disorder?
Hypothyroidism is one of the thyroid diseases or disorders whose symptoms (not all) can be revealed or discovered through noticeable changes in the skin – in terms of appearance and so on.
Some of the skin changes expected include developing a dry, rough and wrinkled skin. However, these are not the only things to help tell whether you have the disease.
In this case, hypothyroidism is, therefore, a possible risk factor for peeling, even though rare.
Lip peeling and anxiety
Lip picking, is the removal of skin flakes or dead skin from the surface. Besides it is a tendency in human habit and triggers, picking is an indicator of certain anxiety/anxiety disorders.
Some people who habitually pick at their lips find themselves doing it yet they do not realize it the sooner. Consequently, such people end up with the feeling that doing so would leave it smooth. Most people who develop this habit find it difficult to stop in the long run.
Unfortunately, one of the effects of picking is chapping risks.
Dissolving this problem may require a combined effort from professional to therapy based treatments.
Diseases or other conditions
Peeling off of lip skin can also be evident of certain diseases but this is rare. Such occurrences involving the lips are reported during diagnosis. These conditions or disease include the following.
- Kawasaki disease in children
- Diabetes mellitus or hyperglycemia
- Sjogren’s syndrome
- Iron deficiency
Here are some specific treatment methods for various causes:
Application of calendura gel is one of the ways to treat persistent lip peeling caused by exfoliative cheilitis.
According to a medical report, “Calendula officinalis L. is indicated to control the bacterial growth into biofilm, against periodontopathogenic bacteria, and oral inflammatory processes.” [www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov]
Use of antifungal creams is another method of treating cheilitis. Doctors recommend patients get examined thoroughly before they start to apply creams.
Avoid using hydrogen peroxide if you have diagnosed cheilitis.
How to deal with dry peeling lips
Unless you have dry chapped or sore dry lips, the following are some of the ways to approach and deal with dry cases that peel.
- Do you get dryness from constant lip licking? Find out what causes or leads you to lick them and what you would do to address the problem
- If regular moisturizing does not help consider looking at what you apply it
- Chronic stress and dehydration can interfere with body metabolism
- Protect them all time more so during cold weather
- Consider lip treatment
- You can change your toothpaste after consulting your dentist
If these treatment options or remedies cannot help heal the dryness, it is time to turn your attention to a medical professional.
Although it may not be totally avoided, these are top tips for addressing or averting future instances of dryness and peeling of lip skin.
- Stop investing in cheap quality products
- Countercheck for the manufacturer of most products not forgetting manufacture and expiry dates
- Protect them with a good lip sunblock
- If you have severe symptoms which accompany the always see a health specialist
Understand your allergies
A good start to this is analyzing products you have used before. Sometimes you may be required to prepare a list of the same with an aim of eliminating possible culprits.
However, the best way to know and understand what your lip skin is are allergic to is by visiting an oral specialist.
Lip peeling DIYs – home remedies
Below are DIYs that you can try out. We have sampled out procedures some of which you can do at the comfort of your home.
Glycerin can really boost up the ability of your skin to get hydrated more through raising moisture content. Besides, it can also promote healing of lip tissue if it is injured.
Find an edible glycerin from your nearest drugstore and apply it before bed.
Why is beeswax important for your lip care? Beeswax locks in moisture and also prevents further cracking.
Other treatment DIYs to try to include lip balms, oil such as coconut oil, fish oil, and Shea butter.
Fish oil is available as vitamin supplements and should, therefore, be taken with caution – under your doctor’s instructions.
IMPORTANT: Not all remedies or DIYs will be applicable to your every lip problem.
Lips peeling persistently
Anyone can experience cases that peel continuously. One of the reasons for persistent peeling is associated with cheilitis.
If they keep on peeling after trying all possible means like moisturizing or placing a lip oil, start by visiting your healthcare giver who can refer you to a skin specialist.
Our Sources and Citations
- The Thyroid Foundation of Canada
- RIGHT DIAGNOSIS
- Topical Calendula officinalis L. successfully treated exfoliative cheilitis: a case report National Center for Biotechnology Information https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2803874/