Deeply split lip won't heal

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Freetodowhatiwant Wed 08-Jan-20 12:11:47

Posting on behalf of a friend. She has had a split lip; a deep central vertical split down the bottom lip, for over 9 months now (and through different seasons of course) and no doctor or specialist has yet found anything to help. At one point it was splitting further down from her lip a millimetre or so into the below skin. She has tried over the counter remedies, prescribed ones (not sure what as she is abroad) and also CBD oil. The latter briefly made a difference but then stopped working. Has had vitamin and mineral deficiency tests too.

She saw a dermatologist today (not the first one) who said that he hadn't seen anything like it in 45 years of practice. So I thought we would turn to mn to see if anyone has had any similar experience and found any solutions. Any help or advice would be great.

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managedmis Wed 08-Jan-20 12:14:38

No idea, bumping for help

Sounds awful

EnsignRoLaren Wed 08-Jan-20 12:22:24

I haven’t heard of anything like this before, but I get deep cracks in the corner of my mouth if I use toothpaste with SLS in. Has she tried avoiding sulphates?

rm1234 Wed 08-Jan-20 12:25:16

It won't heal back together because the edges will have healed. Possibly may need it split again and held back together with a fine stitch until it heals. A good aesthetic doctor should be able to do this for her.

SillyCryptid Wed 08-Jan-20 15:09:29

Needs checking for infection/cancer to see why it wont heal.

Freetodowhatiwant Wed 08-Jan-20 15:31:28

thanks, yes she's seen several doctors and they are stumped. The dermatologist today suggested she might have to have a biopsy but obviously she is worried about a chunk being taken out of her lip. I will pass on the suggestion of an aesthetic doctor thanks rm but I think it is still split and sore so not exactly healed. I will suggest checking her toothpaste for sulphates and maybe avoiding these if possible just to try.

Any more answers gratefully received too.

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QueenoftheGreenScene Tue 27-Oct-20 05:23:42

My lip splits every year and last year was split for almost 6 months. I tried everything from expensive lip balms to prescriptions. Eventually I found Laniege Lip Sleeping Mask and slathered it on at night and my lip actually started to heal. I used it religiously and tried to keep from talking or smiling as not to resplit the wound while it heals. I hope it works for you too!! I’m telling you I tried everything and had a deep split that was going down past my bottom lip; it was horrendous.

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