Q. Why does my chapped lips not healed on using moisturizer?

Answered by
Dr. Snehal Laul
and medically reviewed by Dr. Vinodhini. J
This is a premium question & answer published on Mar 18, 2020

Hello doctor,

For the past two months, I had severely chapped lips from the cold weather. I tried O’Keefe's, Blistex, La Roche-Posay cicaplast lips, Vaseline, coconut oil and plain slices of cucumber, all of which resulted in burning itchy lips. I then decided to stop using anything at all for the last month and although the chapped lips have gone. The itching has started again and I really do not know what to do. I have atopic dermatitis and I am nervous about putting anything on my lips again in case it flares up and I have to wait another month for it to heal. Any advice would be greatly appreciated.

Dr. Snehal Laul

Dermatology Venereology


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This condition is called cheilitis. It is due to vitamin B deficiency, low level of iron and zinc. Also, environmental exposure, licking your lips, eating spicy foods, cold, dry weather may lead to chapped lips.

The Probable causes:

Vitamin B deficiency.
Low iron and zinc levels.
Cold dry weather. Lip licking habits. Allergy to saliva, spicy foods. Environmental exposure.

Investigations to be done:

Hemoglobin iron levels.

Differential diagnosis:

Lip lick dermatitis. Angioedema. Angular cheilitis.

Probable diagnosis:


Treatment plan:

Apply good quality lip balm with sunscreen.
Moisturize the lips. Proper lip hygiene. Becosule capsule for 10 days. Drink lots of water. Exfoliate dead skin of lips with warm water and moisturize your lips.

Preventive measures:

Do not lip lick.

Regarding follow up:

After 10 days.

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