Get your Health question answered in 3 easy steps
A Doctor will be with you shortly
Ask a Doctor Now
188 Doctors are Online

How can chapped lips be treated despite using chap sticks and steroid ointments?

User rating for this question
Very Good
Answered by

General & Family Physician
Practicing since : 2004
Answered : 562 Questions
I have terribly chapped lips that crack and peel. I have been to numerous doctors including a dematologist. I have tried steroid ointments, chap sticks, vasoline and every other kind of product possible. But nothing works. Can you help?
Fri, 20 Apr 2018 in Skin Hair and Nails
Answered by Dr. Ornela Ademovi 4 hours later
Brief Answer:
Cause to be determined

Detailed Answer:

I understand your concern. There is a number of reasons to consider to figure out the cause for this condition.
Dehydration, lack of humidity in the air, prolonged sun exposure can all be plausible causes. Drink more fluids and use a home humidifier.

Sometimes, constant licking of the lips and exposure of the skin on the lips to saliva, may lead to a fungal infection that manifests as dry, flaky skin on and around the lips. In this case, steroid ointments, chap sticks or vaseline do not not help. Coconut oil has considerable antifungal properties and can safely be used on the lips. I recommend to used it three or more times per day on and around the lips. Alternatively, oregano oil diluted with olive oil, used three times per day on the area can be very helpful.

If, despite all these measures, the chapped lips do not heal, please see a dermatologist for further investigation.

I hope this was helpful. Let me know if you have further questions.

Wishing you good health and all the best.
Above answer was peer-reviewed by
Share on Facebook
Share on Twitter
Share on Google+
Question is related to
Diseases and Conditions

The user accepted the expert's answer

Ask a Dermatologist

© Ebix, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
All the information, content and live chat provided on the site is intended to be for informational purposes only, and not a substitute for professional or medical advice. You should always speak with your doctor before you follow anything that you read on this website. Any health question asked on this site will be visible to the people who browse this site. Hence, the user assumes the responsibility not to divulge any personally identifiable information in the question. Use of this site is subject to our Terms & Conditions
Already Rated.
Your rating:

Ask a Doctor