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Chronically Chapped Lips Driving Me Mad

Commented on March 02, 2014
Created March 02, 2014 at 3:05 AM

I've had insanely chapped lips for a couple of years now. Going primal (since 2011) and addressing my intolerances has done wonders for my body and mind, but nothing for my lips.

I feel like I've tried everything. I don't use commercial lip balms or toothpaste and I don't lick my lips. I've tried to relieve the chapping with raw honey and organic oils, and this helps only for an hour or so.

Medical professionals have advised me to stop licking my lips (which I've never done habitually) and have suggested treatments like Vaseline or prescription lips balms.

Help!

I suspect I may have hypothyroidism because I fit the symptoms even though the blood work does not confirm this. Many hypothyroidism sufferers complain of chapped lips.

What now?

6d63a1d0908ded6d7de14c344e68b25d

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on March 02, 2014
at 03:55 PM

I eat a lot of animal fat and coconut oil. My diet is certainly not low in fat.

F54a16e4caf4dc8da9ef1369f46a95cd

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on March 02, 2014
at 03:54 PM

Coconut oil also makes my lips feel dry after a little while. It works great as a moisturizer everywhere else though.

6d63a1d0908ded6d7de14c344e68b25d

(45)

on March 02, 2014
at 03:54 PM

Yes, avoid commercial lip balms - they only create dependency. I don't drink sugary drinks and haven't for years but I'll look into electrolyte balance.

6d63a1d0908ded6d7de14c344e68b25d

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on March 02, 2014
at 03:52 PM

I have some very high quality CO, and it dries my lips out terribly after a couple of hours.

My diet is mainly meat, vegetables, fruit, bone broth so I would think it was a low sodium diet. Is that good or bad?

6d63a1d0908ded6d7de14c344e68b25d

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on March 02, 2014
at 04:05 AM

I don't use toothpaste for the very reason. I certainly drink a lot of water. I currently live in Sweden where tap water isn't fluoridated, but does contain chlorine. I guess I should think about a water filter. Thanks for bringing this to my attention!

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3966119f28897cda79dc77838198cec7

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on March 02, 2014
at 02:19 PM

Are you eating low sodium? Even if you drink a lot of good water, you might still be dehydrated. For temporary relief, use coconut oil as a lip balm.

F54a16e4caf4dc8da9ef1369f46a95cd

(591)

on March 02, 2014
at 03:54 PM

Coconut oil also makes my lips feel dry after a little while. It works great as a moisturizer everywhere else though.

6d63a1d0908ded6d7de14c344e68b25d

(45)

on March 02, 2014
at 03:52 PM

I have some very high quality CO, and it dries my lips out terribly after a couple of hours.

My diet is mainly meat, vegetables, fruit, bone broth so I would think it was a low sodium diet. Is that good or bad?

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on March 02, 2014
at 01:39 PM

I think it may be something weird for me. I notice when I drink a sugary drink like coke or sprite my chapped lip problem goes away. So it might be a problem with electrolyte balance. However i would rather have chapped lips than slam coke every couple hours.

I might get lip balm but larry david put me off with his conspiracy lip balm makes your lips even more chapped making you dependant on lip balm haha.

6d63a1d0908ded6d7de14c344e68b25d

(45)

on March 02, 2014
at 03:54 PM

Yes, avoid commercial lip balms - they only create dependency. I don't drink sugary drinks and haven't for years but I'll look into electrolyte balance.

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on March 02, 2014
at 01:31 PM

Eat more fat & drink more water. When its cold & windy i used to get painful chapped lips like clockwork, once a year even the corners of my mouth/lips would go crusty it got so bad, the kind where it hurts to eat/yawn/smile. Since eating a high fat diet i haven't had it happen once, winters not over just yet but so far so good. I never use lip balm but i eat a lot of fat and inevitably lick my lips after.

6d63a1d0908ded6d7de14c344e68b25d

(45)

on March 02, 2014
at 03:55 PM

I eat a lot of animal fat and coconut oil. My diet is certainly not low in fat.

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F54a16e4caf4dc8da9ef1369f46a95cd

(591)

on March 02, 2014
at 01:03 PM

Same here. I know you're looking to solve the root of the problem, but in the meantime, you could get an all-natural lip balm. The one I use contains raw shea butter, cupuaçu butter, and some other oils. Nothing bad in it at all. I buy it from an Etsy shop called Skinfolk, but there are lots of other sellers. Keeps my lips hydrated for a good long time.

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Ee2fb37666db6f51d338f69d00d4fc3e

on March 02, 2014
at 10:54 AM

My lips are the same and I drink a gallon a day so it's not dehydration

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on March 02, 2014
at 03:17 AM

You need to drink more spring water (make sure it's not from the tap, so it has no added fluoride/chlorine in it). It happens to me all the time when I don't drink enough water. Might help for your toothpaste to not have fluoride either, since too much fluoride in the body stops it from hydrating properly. So, drink more.

6d63a1d0908ded6d7de14c344e68b25d

(45)

on March 02, 2014
at 04:05 AM

I don't use toothpaste for the very reason. I certainly drink a lot of water. I currently live in Sweden where tap water isn't fluoridated, but does contain chlorine. I guess I should think about a water filter. Thanks for bringing this to my attention!

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