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Remedies for really dry, sore, cracked lips?

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Last week I had a weird and nasty mouth infection/allergic reaction thing that has pretty much cleared up, but I've been left with horribly dry, painful, swollen lips.

I've tried Vaseline, medicated Blistex, Carmex, body moisturiser, olive oil and gentle exfoliating products but it's not getting any better and is now starting to encroach on the skin around my mouth, which make me look a bit like a clown and is making talking and smiling difficult.

Any tips for very dry lips? I drink about 4 litres of water a day so it's not dehydration.

PedlarsSpanner Fri 11-Jul-14 08:36:10

Ask your pharmacist, thry can often recc non OTC products

PedlarsSpanner Fri 11-Jul-14 08:36:25

*they

JackieBrambles Fri 11-Jul-14 08:40:36

Poor you.
My two lip products are
1) Nivea (the traditional cold cream stuff in the dark blue pot) - whenever I have a cold and get that dry, chapped nose and lips it's so soothing and works a treat
2) Elizabeth Arden 8 hour cream - its not cheap but really good for lips. I use it daily but it gets rid of chapped lips quickly.

WhizzPopBang Fri 11-Jul-14 08:41:59

Was it the Blistex Relief cream you used? That's what I usually find helps - anything with a Vaseline-like texture just sits on top and doesn't moisturise, but a cream actually sinks in, IYSWIM. But if that's what you did try, I find it usually takes a good few days of that alone, so maybe give it a chance but use nothing else? Or as Pedlars said check in with the pharmacist / GP.

ILoveYouBaby Fri 11-Jul-14 08:44:51

I have dry lips a lot because of allergies, and I use lansinoh nipple cream. It works amazingly well.

Squidstirfry Fri 11-Jul-14 08:48:17

Avoid all lipbalm sticks or vaseline as they make it worse. If they are really 'crusty' use the side of your toothbrush to remove the layer of dry skin, then moisturise with a dermo moisturiser like epiderm / Nivea before bed, repeat morning and midday.

I had this problem during the winter t was so bad my lips bled when I smiled!! Argh but then it was OK...

nilbyname Fri 11-Jul-14 08:51:09

Another vote here for lansinoh nipple cream. Put alarge amount on at night and you should see a difference in the morning.

CinammonGirl Fri 11-Jul-14 09:02:01

Another vote for Elizabeth Arden 8 hour cream - a little pricey but worth it.

ThatBloodyWoman Fri 11-Jul-14 09:04:03

Drink more.
Are you eating a balanced diet? I think it'd be worth trying to get a better variety of food, or perhaps considering a multi vit/mineral supplement.

ThatBloodyWoman Fri 11-Jul-14 09:05:05

Sorry -noticed that you do drink plenty.

Avoid licking your lips too.

TouchPauseEngage Fri 11-Jul-14 09:15:20

I suffer from excema on my face and keep it under control with almond oil or 8 hour cream. Sometimes however it goes beyond that and I need to use a very mild steroid ointment for a couple of days to knock it on the head. Sounds like this might be the case here. You'll need a prescription for anything decent.

Also, sounds like you've used a a lot of things on your lips in a very short time! Don't try and exfoliate them until the reaction is under control as you'll just irritate them further. Whatever you use make sure it's fragrance free and whilst I agree that Vaseline type creams don't sink in, they are helpful for stopping further drying and damage so I would use them until you get things under control.

Just for entertainment I've attached a photo of the lip things I currently have on my desk - the two blue tubs are probably the most effective (and least fragranced) so I'll stuck with those for now.

Yes ThatBloodyWoman I dd wonder if I had a B vitamin deficiency of some sort. I've had two wisdom tooth extractions in the space of 6 weeks and have been fairly limited with what I can eat (and still am), but I'll start taking a multivitamin again.

Lansinoh is a good idea! I considered cracked heel balm the other day in a moment of desperation.

Just for entertainment I've attached a photo of the lip things I currently have on my desk - the two blue tubs are probably the most effective (and least fragranced) so I'll stuck with those for now.

Yes ThatBloodyWoman I dd wonder if I had a B vitamin deficiency of some sort. I've had two wisdom tooth extractions in the space of 6 weeks and have been fairly limited with what I can eat (and still am), but I'll start taking a multivitamin again.

Lansinoh is a good idea! I considered cracked heel balm the other day in a moment of desperation.

Just for entertainment I've attached a photo of the lip things I currently have on my desk - the two blue tubs are probably the most effective (and least fragranced) so I'll stuck with those for now.

Yes ThatBloodyWoman I dd wonder if I had a B vitamin deficiency of some sort. I've had two wisdom tooth extractions in the space of 6 weeks and have been fairly limited with what I can eat (and still am), but I'll start taking a multivitamin again.

Lansinoh is a good idea! I considered cracked heel balm the other day in a moment of desperation.

Woah. It wasn't THAT entertaining the first time round, let alone the third, sorry. blush

OriginofSymmetry Fri 11-Jul-14 09:26:55

You should definitely drink more water as well as applying creams etc. It always helps me if I have dry lips if I drink more.

fourforksache Fri 11-Jul-14 09:28:40

blistex relief is the best I've tried, if that doesn't work, go to gp, maybe an underlying problem?

Beehatch Fri 11-Jul-14 09:29:39

If you drink coke (or it may be diet coke) then anecdotally it has been indicated in dry lips on MN. I don't drink either so I can't remember which one everyone complained about.

footballagain Fri 11-Jul-14 09:34:02

Cetraben? I think it's bloody marvellous stuff.

I probably wouldn't put it right in the middle of my lips as I'm sure it would taste disgusting, but I'd definitely smear it all round the edges.

It's not expensive but I think you'd probably have to go to a pharmacy to get it.

Lovethebubbles Fri 11-Jul-14 09:38:23

I have suffered with this for the past year.... Have tried everything!! I've found the best thing is Elizabeth Arden 8 hour cream. I also take l-lysine supplements (good for cold sore virus) which has helped other eczema patches on my face too

HauntedNoddyCar Fri 11-Jul-14 09:44:00

It could be fungal. Maybe a bit of canestan would help.

I had that after being in hospital (nice) and the actual infection cleared up. A French friend recommended shea butter but cocoa butter lip balm seems to help me the most.

Barmcake Fri 11-Jul-14 09:49:43

Another vote for Elizabeth Arden eight hour cream, I tried everything on my lips before being recommended this, it is pricey as others have said but lasts a long time

spiderlight Fri 11-Jul-14 09:54:11

Another vote for Lansinoh. I had a non-healing crack in my lip for several months last winter that was so severe that my dentist was going to refer me to an orofacial specialist for surgery. As a last-ditch attempt to avoid this, I dug out my old tube of Lansinoh and it completely healed it within 48 hours.

Bohemond Sat 12-Jul-14 06:14:48

Get the EA 8 hour cream lip stuff in the small tube - not the lipstick or the standard 8 hr cream. Is heavy duty.

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