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Dr. Andrew Rynne
Dr. Andrew Rynne

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What causes whitish layer on the lips?

I have a lip problem that I hope you can help me with. For quite awhile now, I can’t use lipstick and lip gloss for too long without having a line of white film from the lipstick or lip gloss accumulate on my lips. It is not dry or flaky but just a disgusting looking whitish accumulation that appear on the inside of my lips, the part where my lips are pressed together. This always happen when I’m speaking for awhile in an air conditioned room and it’s darn embarrassing because it’s so unsightly. I always have to rush to the toilet to scratch it off with water and my fingernails!
Thu, 13 Nov 2014
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Brief...Can be contact dermatitis (But skin of lip need to be seen by a doctor)

Detail...Your lip skin can be sensitive to lipstick or lip gloss.Other causes can be evaluated if seen by a doctor.As we most of skin problems have particular type of characterstics,so need to be seen by dermatologist.As you said you frequently need to scratch by nails too so lip skin can show signs of anemia (low blood haemoglobin) too.
For time being avoid applying lipstick and apply honey in the night before sleeping,and get checked by dermatologist.
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