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Have chapped lips, dark circles around mouth. Using OTC chap stick. What to do?

Hello my 11 year old son had very chapped lips and got into the habit of licking them frequently. We a have given several different types of chap stick / lip moisturizer . His lips now are much better but he has a very dark circle of skin around his mouth. His skin is brown but the circle is much darker than his skin and is very noticeable. He has continued to apply OTC medicated chap stick several times a day. He said the dark circle burns and the chap stick helps a little. What else can we do to correct this problem and remove the dark circle around his mouth? Thanks
Asked On : Fri, 8 Feb 2013
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He is possibly having a kind of eczema that is known as Lip Licker's Dermatitis. This has occurred due to frequent licking and irritation and dryness of surrounding skin due to saliva.
To treat the same, apply Vaseline over lips and surrounding areas along with application of mild steroid cream like fluticasone cream twice in a day. Also ask your child to stop licking his lips and peri oral area.
Hope that solves your query. Take care.
Answered: Fri, 8 Feb 2013
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