Peeling Lips

Peeling lips or chapped lips is called cheilitis. Your lips are exposed continuously to the sun and cold winds, and as the skin on the lips are thin, they become dry and crack easily. Use a good and moisturizing lip balm, drink a lot of water, use lip scrubs to remove the layer of dead skin, and avoid smoking to prevent your lips from peeling.

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Can Tacrolimus ointment be used for peelings lips?

Query: Hi doctor, I have peeling lips for past one year. It started over last winter when I applied moisturizer. Even after I stopped applying the moisturizer it is peeling still. I went to a doctor and he gave me a vitamin tablet. But, I did not get any cure with that. Then I visited a dermatologist and h...  Read Full »


Dr. Asmeet Kaur Sawhney

Cosmetologist, Dermatologist, Venereologist

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. I have gone through your history and can very well understand your concern. I would recommend you to upload the photographs of your lips so that I have a clearer picture of your condition and can guide you in a better way. I would also like to ask you few questi...  Read Full »

I have burning, swelling, peeling, and bleeding of lips. Please advice.

Query: Hello doctor,Something is wrong with my lips. It all started a couple of days ago- burning, swelling, peeling, oozing and bleeding. There are also tiny, fluid-filled blisters. I went to the doctor today, but she wasn't sure whether there was a bacterial infection. She prescribed me antibiotics just ...  Read Full »


Dr. Kakkar

Dermatologist, HIV AIDS Specialist, Venereologist

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. I have viewed the images (attachment removed to protect patient identity). It could be an allergic reaction to some lip cosmetics or it could be a sun-induced eruption that is a phototoxic reaction. I suggest you use a topical antibiotic like either Neosporin ointmen...  Read Full »

I have an infection on my lips. Please help.

Query: Hi doctor, I have an infection on my lips. I honestly do not know what it is. Two weeks ago, I got tests for syphilis and chlamydia, which were negative. Since then, I have had a sore on my lip. But I notice that when I saw this sore with a flashlight, my lip there was yellow. There is no pain. I h...  Read Full »


Dr. Sagar Ramesh Makode

Cardiologist, General Medicine Physician, Internal Medicine Physician, Family Physician, General Practitioner

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. I have seen the attached pictures (attachment removed to protect patient identity). This is not an infection. This is an ulcer formed probably due to irritation and excoriation due to repeated licking. Your whole lower lip is erythematous, which indicates your lip is g...  Read Full »

Why do my lips get tender and swollen every two months?

Query: Hi doctor,I would like to give an insight into my problem, with started ending of last year. I noticed that I have some dry skin on my lower lip and a very small scab just underneath it. I ignored the same and thought it is due to winter. Five months back, I had a tender lower lip, which eventually ...  Read Full »


Dr. Rakesh Kumar Bahunuthula

Cosmetologist, Dermatologist, HIV AIDS Specialist, Venereologist

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. Your clinical image (attachment removed to protect patient identity) is more for folliculitis over the chin area with cheilitis over the lips. From your image, the lesions do not appear herpetic at present. The investigations also support the same. Also, the repeated use...  Read Full »

The skin on my lips are dry and turn dark as if they are dead. What is my condition called?

Query: Hello doctor,My lips have been dry, and the skin is senseless and tight. I cannot smile or move them. Eating has become a problem because the corners are cracked. I am not using any products, as they only seem to make it worse. They peel off after many days, but the new skin also drys out and again...  Read Full »


Dr. Gaurang Gupta

Cosmetologist, Dermatologist, Hair Transplant Surgeon, Venereologist

Answer: Hello,Welcome to icliniq.com.Your condition is called eczematous cheilitis. But, still please upload 2 to 3 photos of the area, so that is easy to diagnose the condition.Try applying topically Mometasone cream mixed with some moisturizing lotion, 2 to 3 times a day for two weeks.Avoid licking your ...  Read Full »

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