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Posted on Tue, 8 Aug 2017 in Skin Hair and Nails
Question: Hello doctor,
This is XXXX and i have been battling with severe dry lips for a couple of years for which i use vaseline but for the last three to four mopnths i stopped usng it as vaseline made my already oily sking more oily and many dermatatologist recommended and so i have been using sebamed ....the day before yesterday the right side of the lower lip vermillion border felt crusty and flaky after having luch so i wiped off the dead skin like using a cotton bud after that i started experiencing itchiness and extreme dryness only in that area for which i was asked by a dermatatoligist in this portal to continue using hydrocortisone cream i did use it an dthe itching sensation stopped but still i am scared .... i feel its slightly swollen i might be wrong but still i am very much scared .... i have always been super duper scared of herpes for which last year i took two tests from two different labs and both cane negative .... ever since that i do not share my coffee or water tumbler with anyone not even kiss my husband ... dont share the smae food plate or same food like sandwich or pizza with some one ( i mean i dont eat their share of food which has their salive but i do eat the pizza or sweet box which is divided equally among everyone if you get what i mean ) .... i am attacching pics please help me ...
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Answered by Dr. Kakkar S. 3 hours later
Brief Answer:
Regarding your concern on lip

Detailed Answer:
Hello XXXXXXX
Thank you for writing to us.
I have gone through your query and I have noted your concern. I have viewed the attached images
Although there is nothing much abnormal that is clinically visible in these images but still I feel that a trial of a slightly stronger topical steroid cream than hydrocortisone cream e.g mometasone furoate 0.1% cream Or else using topical tacrolimus ointment 0.1% for a few days may serve you much better. Both of these are prescription medications. You certainly dont have herpes. It has been ruled out beyond doubt.

Regards
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Follow up: Dr. Kakkar S. 41 hours later
Hello doctor,

I have attached few pics ... please XXXXXXX me know if there are any abnormalities like swelling or redness ... this very tension makes me so stressed out ... also I mentioned about prescription medicines how can I buy those over here can you suggest me some way or any alternatives ... can I go back to trying Vaseline if that will help me .. also please suggests me on coconut oil application for lips are they any good ... the lower lips feels very dry and peeling and when I wipe the white peeled layer then the raw skin feels burning is it normal is it because of dryness ? How often I can re apply hydrocortisone and sebamed lip balm please suggest on that ...
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Answered by Dr. Kakkar S. 19 hours later
Brief Answer:
Remedy for dryness and cracking of lips

Detailed Answer:
Hello. I have viewed the Images.

I wont say that there is anything significantly abnormal with the lips. Yes, there is a little bit of dryness and cracking on lower lip.
I understand that these medicines would not be easy to procure in UK therefore you may use vaseline lip balm or Sebamed lip balm (use either of these) as an alternative, as often as you want. Moisturizing your lips will certainly help. Use the balm only on the lips and avoid it on skin as lip balms are usually greasy and may cause acne eruptions on oily skin type.
I suggest you to use hydrocortisone cream, off and on, once or twice daily, for sometime. It is a very mild steroid and can be safely used on face.
Avoid licking your lips often, as it can also lead to further dryness. Also avoid forceful peeling of dry skin on lip. These general measures should be enough.

Regards
Above answer was peer-reviewed by : Dr. Chakravarthy Mazumdar
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Follow up: Dr. Kakkar S. 21 hours later
Hello doctor ,
Yesterday night in the left side corner of the lower vermillion border I felt something itchy and I wiped the white flaky peeling skin and it started to burn and became red hence applied the hydrocortisone cream the entire left side vermillion border and slept I took it off only this afternoon when I did that I noticed a red spot in the centre of the lower vermillion border it does not hurt but looks scary I am attaching the pics please suggest me
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Answered by Dr. Kakkar S. 20 hours later
Brief Answer:
Continue with hydrocortisone cream

Detailed Answer:
Hello.

The slightly red spot is probably because you peeled away the overlying skin. I suggest you to continue with hydrocortisone 1% cream, twice daily for 5 days. It should be fine. It would be a good idea to not wipe or peel dead skin. Use a balm whenever you feel itch. Also avoid frequent lip licking, if that is what you might be doing.

Regards
Above answer was peer-reviewed by : Dr. Chakravarthy Mazumdar
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Follow up: Dr. Kakkar S. 2 days later
Hello doctor ,

Will follow as per your instructions ... I have uploaded few recent pics of the lips can you see any difference or is it worse or better ? Also I always have this thought that the left side of the lower lips is slightly bigger than the right side is it true if so is it because of some problem or it's fine and ok please advise .... also can I use coconut oil .... regarding my facial skin I am experiencing lots of oiliness around my nose whereas the checks and chin are red I mean dry sometimes sometimes sticky also experience sometimes mild itchiness you said ceraphil but here we get crtaphil only for dry skin can I use that can you please suggest alternative
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Answered by Dr. Kakkar S. 18 hours later
Brief Answer:
Regarding your complaints related to lower lip

Detailed Answer:
Hello XXXXXXX

I did not receive any recent Images.
There can be slightly asymmetry of lips which is natural. I don't see any gross asymmetry of lips.
You can use coconut oil on lips but not on face. If used on face coconut oil can cause acneform eruptions in those who have an oily skin.
You have a combination skin i.e central T Zone is oily and rest of the face is normal to dry. You may use a toner for the central oily skin T Zone and cetaphil over it. On the rest of the face you may just use cetaphil moisturizing cream.

Regards
Above answer was peer-reviewed by : Dr. Chakravarthy Mazumdar
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