Why Do Your Lips Get Chapped?

Why Do Your Lips Get Chapped?

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Guys, do your lips always get chapped? Yeah…
that might be your fault. Hey everyone! Lissette here for DNews. Chapped
lips are terrible. It’s that uncomfortable dry sensation on your lips, flaky or cracking
skin, and in some of the worst cases, bleeding. They’re more common in certain seasons or
climates. But what causes your lips to chap in the first place? To start, the skin on your lips is much more
sensitive than the rest of the skin on your body. Your lip structure is just different.
While it is made up of the epidermis and dermis like the rest of your skin, the outermost
layer of the epidermis– the stratum corneum– is much thinner on our lips. So thin, that
it allows more visibility into our blood vessels – giving our lips that reddish color. What’s
more, lips don’t have sweat glands to provide moisture or hair to provide protection from
the sun. This helps explain why lips get more chapped
in the cold winter months or after catching some rays on a hot sandy beach. The excess
wind, lack of moisture in the air, and UV rays can cause your lips to lose moisture,
burn – and they end up being chapped. Yeah, chapped lips can just be a sunburn…on your
lips. But it isn’t always the weather’s fault. Sometimes you end up doing it to yourself. Have you ever woken up with super dry lips,
especially when you’re congested? Well, this could be because you were breathing through
your mouth, removing the moisture from your lips! And perhaps even worse, is the act of
licking your lips excessively. It may sound counterintuitive, but as the saliva evaporates
from your lips, it sucks away heat and moisture, leaving your lips potentially drier than before
you licked them. Many products we use and foods we eat can
also be the culprits. These range from irritating cosmetics, to toothpastes, medications, figs,
food colorings, and, wait for it… even lip balm. While some lip balms may be helpful,
others can make chapped lips worse. I know, this one really got me too. But, the problem
is ingredients in some lip balms… Like propyl gallate, or phenyl salicylate, can be skin
irritants, and another, salicylic acid, helps skin slough off more easily! One super common
lip balm ingredient that you may love is Menthol – it tastes and smells delicious but it’s
also an alcohol and can dry out your lips. So what can you do restore moisture to your
dry, chapped lips? Staying hydrated, breathing through your nose, and using a humidifier
during dry months helps, not to mention avoiding licking your lips, staying away from harmful
products, and reducing sun and wind exposure. But if you’ve just gotta get your lip balm
fix, the Mayo Clinic says to try some good ol petroleum jelly. But, the trick here, and
with anything you use for your chapped lips, is to make sure that it works for you. We
all have different allergies, sensitivities, and reactions to different products. So, what
may work for your pout, may not work for someone else’s. This is a pretty common problem for people
in the winter, but different seasons will affect our bodies in surprising ways! For
example, did you know winter can alter your genetics? Julia has the scoop in this video.
Guys, do you have any
science questions? What should we look into next? Tell us in the comments, subscribe for
more DNews and thanks for watching!

100 thoughts on “Why Do Your Lips Get Chapped?”

  1. I get so triggered like to the point where I wanna slap a bish when I watch my friend lick her lips to unchap then

  2. Brush your teeth and slowly scratchthem then rub your your lips then rub them with water and don't lick them please like if this helped

  3. Tried more than 7 items for my lips including Vaseline/petroleum jelly not eve licking my lips nor do I mess with them , and I live in NOLA meaning we have humidity in the air

  4. I already drank big glasses of water but my lips is always dry and every time I wake up my lips is like tight and when I open my lip my lips will crack

  5. Its tottaly my fault i keep licking my lips and putting on lip balm and i have my lips capped and it burns

  6. Nivea lip balm work for me. I put them every night and when I wake up the lip balm is still there. Btw I use to have super chap/dry lips before.

  7. How do I not breathe through my mouth at night, I go to sleep with my mouth closed but I wake up with my mouth open, and I get chapped lips from that

  8. Sugar, honey and lemon or lime IT WORKS
    1.add a little sugar
    2.add a little honey
    3. add a little lemon or lime
    4. Rub on to your lips
    5. Take off after 3-5 minutes

  9. My Friend told me my lips are cool and amazing its like heart? And its not chapped but its fluffy.. idk why did she told me that lol? Does she wants to kiss me? Lol xD kidding

  10. What is the effect when i always lick and bite my lips? Its my habit though… i cant avoid not licking and biting my lips…. i promise i lick my lips 10+ a day and 5+ biting…

  11. My lips are really moist right now but the middle of my bottom lip feels like it was cut?? I don't know, it felt that way during yesterday class, it just c r a c k e d on me :/

  12. My lips have cracks and whenever I smile they just get wider and start tearing my face apart… Is that bad?

  13. Stupid idiots if u dont know nothing about it don't say nothing cause I don't those things and still chapped

  14. Put peanut butter on your lips it makes your lips soft and less dry
    Leave on for at least 5 min the longer the more soft

  15. I used antibiotic cream on my lips cause it gave them back moisture and it would probably help plus it only took one day to get better

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