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Constantly peeling - but not chapped - lips: what's up with this?

Commented on November 24, 2017
Created December 05, 2011 at 4:20 AM

(Did a search, couldn't see anything similar - please point me at it if I'm wrong!)

I've been paleo since July of this year, and it's been phenomenal for me on many levels. But I have this one irritating symptom that's kicked in recently - for the last two-three months, the skin on my lips seems to be shedding/peeling off - sometimes to the point of bleeding spots on the lower lips.

My lips aren't chapped or dry, I'm getting plenty of saturated fats & liquids, and I'm using lip balms to prevent the flakiness - ranging from straight coconut oil to MoistStic (w/coconut & tea tree oils) to a Burt's Bees tinted lip balm to one from Now (also with aloe/coconut oil/Vitamin E) that I just bought today. (Don't use petroleum-based or chemically-laden products, to my knowledge, anyway!)

I'm 95% Paleo - use dairy only as heavy cream in coffee or plain greek yogurt with walnuts occasionally, and am also supplementing daily: fish oil, Vitamins B, C, D, K, L-Carnitine & NAC (latter two just added within the last month). Just added Kelp today, thinking this might be another sign of an iodine deficiency (since I'm not getting iodine in my preferred kosher salt & am no longer eating prepared foods.)

Does this sound familiar to anyone else? Where should I start trying to figure it out? Thanks in advance...

Cd841ae2f291a9113f0991e2269d0874

on November 24, 2017
at 06:27 PM

My lips don’t crack or bleed or anything of the sort. They just peel like if you were to put glue on your hand and then peel it off. I’ve tried blistex, Burt’s Bees, coconut oil, Shea butter, carmex, even my medicated eczema ointment and nothing works. I can’t wear lipstick because I know it’ll just peel right off. Not only do my lips peel but around it like under my bottom lip and on the sides. I usually peel all of it off before my day begins so it doesn’t flake and look gross during the day and then the next day I do it all over again. What can I do to stop this? 

F54a16e4caf4dc8da9ef1369f46a95cd

(591)

on December 28, 2012
at 07:09 PM

you are saying beeswax causes lips to peel?

408b32d0900853851167089d730f1881

on April 13, 2012
at 01:22 PM

Jen - read up a bit to see what others have tried. As for me, it's barely noticeable these days - but I can't tell you exactly why. Am still drinking alcohol & eating dairy (both very minimally) - but I'm also getting plenty of good fats, supplementing with kelp, taking other stuff & still using lip balms w/o incident when my lips feel dry. But the burning/peeling stuff has largely disappeared...

518bce04b12cd77741237e1f61075194

(11577)

on April 12, 2012
at 02:06 AM

Yeah, I remind my boyfriend of this because he doesn't notice he's doing it either- I tell him to "stop digesting your lips!" ever since learning about salvatory amylase lip irritation.

408b32d0900853851167089d730f1881

on February 25, 2012
at 12:24 AM

Yes, I'm pretty sure it's the exfoliative cheilitis Alexandra talks about below. I'm keeping it at bay with a fairly basic lip balm & knowing in advance that it'll flare up when I drink wine, for example.

96e3a46b1429e402ff81f363761236d5

(20)

on January 12, 2012
at 07:27 PM

@Betsy - Have you come any closer to figuring this out? I have the same problem and it's driving me bonkers. Bottom lip only, for me.

B0fe7b5a9a197cd293978150cbd9055f

(8938)

on January 04, 2012
at 08:24 AM

Let's hope it's not the salt :D. I love my salt too, fried veggies without salt are no good :)

Ed983a42344945b1ff70fd9597a23493

on January 03, 2012
at 09:53 PM

I mean that the dry cracking lips(and dry patchy area around the lips) ARE eczema.

408b32d0900853851167089d730f1881

on January 03, 2012
at 09:09 PM

Wow. Issue's gotten better once I added a kelp pill into my daily dose of supplements - but wine or anything super-acidic will cause it to flare up. Salt? Really?

0d0316bfd35ffab6fa000120b978f303

(245)

on January 03, 2012
at 07:16 PM

Oh Korion, you hurt me! My lips have always peeled and I Love Salt! I guess I know what my next step is. :(

B0fe7b5a9a197cd293978150cbd9055f

(8938)

on January 03, 2012
at 04:43 PM

Retinol, eating more fat, drinking more water, ... Only removing salt helped.

B0fe7b5a9a197cd293978150cbd9055f

(8938)

on January 03, 2012
at 04:42 PM

A manifestation of their eczema? Do you meant the eczema and the peeling lips are both manifestations of the same cause?

E5c7f14800c5992831f5c70fa746dc5c

(12857)

on December 21, 2011
at 03:26 PM

Try taking in more preformed vit A(retinol) from either supplements or liver.

408b32d0900853851167089d730f1881

on December 06, 2011
at 05:27 PM

Bingo! I think you nailed it, Alexandra - thanks.

421492f8989c426af583520a3d5fd136

(522)

on December 05, 2011
at 10:18 PM

Uh oh, sorry Betsy! How often do you drink wine and how much? I get so many symptoms, including very badly peeling lips after alcohol! My lips are always really soft but whatever alcohol does, it completely dries them out!

408b32d0900853851167089d730f1881

on December 05, 2011
at 10:00 PM

Damn - was afraid someone would come back with this! Yes, am drinking wine in moderation as well - but not fruit these days. Don't want to give the wine up anytime soon...

Ed983a42344945b1ff70fd9597a23493

on December 05, 2011
at 04:49 PM

I think that's a good place to start...you could try switching to straight shea butter for now on your lips, that's helped my kids after they've eaten something that triggers their eczema.

408b32d0900853851167089d730f1881

on December 05, 2011
at 04:46 PM

Yep, heat's been on since early November, on a timed programmable thermostat. And yes, the bedroom is usually colder than the rest of the house - especially at night.

408b32d0900853851167089d730f1881

on December 05, 2011
at 04:43 PM

Yep, have wondered if I'm only aiding the problem by using the lip balms. But it's a catch-22 situation - otherwise, the cracking/bleeding starts.

408b32d0900853851167089d730f1881

on December 05, 2011
at 04:36 PM

It's possible, of course - but while I've had issues with dry & chapped lips before, I've never had peeling lips & have lived here for 15+ years already!

408b32d0900853851167089d730f1881

on December 05, 2011
at 04:35 PM

Hmm. Will eliminate dairy (the first thing that comes to mind) and see what that gets me. *After* I finish up this week's stash of Greek yogurt & heavy cream, that is!

408b32d0900853851167089d730f1881

on December 05, 2011
at 04:34 PM

My lips feel dry and tight, but not chapped - no other irritation, itching, redness, etc. And I've been able to use Burt's Bees lip products for years w/o incident. (But that was also true for a few things pre-Paleo - or so I thought, anyway - grains being chief example here!)

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on December 05, 2011
at 06:46 AM

How long have you been using Burt's Bees? I tried it once since all my friends were raving about it but then my lips became more irritated so I figured I was allergic to the beeswax. Try Vitamin E oil or adding iron to your supplements. And as a last resort, if this condition persists, get tested for exfoliative cheilitis.

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on December 05, 2011
at 05:31 AM

Do you have any irritation whatsoever? Redness, swelling, itching, etc? Do they seem to peel randomly, or is it fairly consistent?

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27361737e33ba2f73ab3c25d2699ad61

(1880)

on December 05, 2011
at 10:38 PM

Could be exfoliative cheilitis. Acidic fruit, vinegar, booze, food allergies can be a trigger. Below is a site with pics/info:

http://exfoliativecheilitis.com/

408b32d0900853851167089d730f1881

on December 06, 2011
at 05:27 PM

Bingo! I think you nailed it, Alexandra - thanks.

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Ed983a42344945b1ff70fd9597a23493

on December 05, 2011
at 07:04 AM

My kids have a similar experience, and for them, it's a manifestation of their eczema. Since they don't eat gluten, they get it much less often, but too much cow milk (they're both fine with yogurt and raw cheese) sets off an episode. My first guess would be that you have an allergy to something you're eating, and an elimination diet will help you figure out if that's true, and which food is the culprit.

408b32d0900853851167089d730f1881

on December 05, 2011
at 04:35 PM

Hmm. Will eliminate dairy (the first thing that comes to mind) and see what that gets me. *After* I finish up this week's stash of Greek yogurt & heavy cream, that is!

Ed983a42344945b1ff70fd9597a23493

on December 05, 2011
at 04:49 PM

I think that's a good place to start...you could try switching to straight shea butter for now on your lips, that's helped my kids after they've eaten something that triggers their eczema.

B0fe7b5a9a197cd293978150cbd9055f

(8938)

on January 03, 2012
at 04:42 PM

A manifestation of their eczema? Do you meant the eczema and the peeling lips are both manifestations of the same cause?

Ed983a42344945b1ff70fd9597a23493

on January 03, 2012
at 09:53 PM

I mean that the dry cracking lips(and dry patchy area around the lips) ARE eczema.

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421492f8989c426af583520a3d5fd136

on December 05, 2011
at 09:37 PM

I also had/sometimes still have this issue!

I identified my main culprits to be fruit and alcohol. If I eat a lot of fruit or have more than 1 or 2 glasses of wine/vodkas on a night out, a couple of days later my lips will start to peel, really badly.

Do you drink wine or any other alcohol regularly or eat a lot of fruit? I think for me it's a sensitivity/allergy so it's highly likely resulting from a food or substance that you're ingesting.

I guess the only way to determine the cause is by eliminating different foods and then re-introducing them - The joy of Paleo experimentation!

408b32d0900853851167089d730f1881

on December 05, 2011
at 10:00 PM

Damn - was afraid someone would come back with this! Yes, am drinking wine in moderation as well - but not fruit these days. Don't want to give the wine up anytime soon...

421492f8989c426af583520a3d5fd136

(522)

on December 05, 2011
at 10:18 PM

Uh oh, sorry Betsy! How often do you drink wine and how much? I get so many symptoms, including very badly peeling lips after alcohol! My lips are always really soft but whatever alcohol does, it completely dries them out!

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7a32c1e66527555a46f90f2a7d27aeb9

(10)

on June 30, 2013
at 04:10 PM

Just want to write this in case anyone is still dealing with the peeling lips; for women, this can be caused by too much estrogen to too little progesterone; in other words, low progesterone. Someone even wrote an article called "My Menopausal Lips", which you can google to read her story. Of course, hormones can be out of wack for women who are not headed into the pre-menopausal years; stress can trigger imbalance, for example. A daily herbal infusion of red clover and red raspberry leaf has worked wonders for me; my lips started doing this a year ago and I tracked it and noticed that it seemed to get worse or slightly better depending on where I was in my cycle. I make a quart of herbal infusion using 1/2 cup of each herb into a quart jar, fill with boiling water and steep 4 hours - overnight. I drink 1/2 of it one day and refrigerate the other 1/2 quart for the next day. You can google Susun Weed (herbalist) to learn more about the balancing benefits of red clover and raspberry leaf. I had three weeks of totally normal lips and then they got bad right at my period when the hormones crash for that; now that I'm at day 9 of my cycle (just past period), my lips don't feel tight and stopped peeling. I continue to drink 1/2 quart daily of this infusion, which is rich in vitamins and minerals too and a great way to nourish the body and stay hydrated. The combination of these herbs are a fantastic balancer for the female hormones. Peppermint tea is also believed to encourage progesterone levels so I drink a cup of that in the evening. I had tried many things before finding what worked, and realizing that it was an underlying hormonal issue driving the problem. I hope this helps someone. I am 45; had my last kids (twins) at age 40, still having normal periods but under a lot of ongoing stress and noticed my lips getting completely tight and lacking moisture and constant peeling and stinging one year ago. ~C.H.

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7896fa1712f69bb63373e409e4c983e0

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on March 14, 2013
at 07:20 PM

Mine happens when I eat anything with gluten.

To try to heal it, I've used shea butter, olive oil, vitamin e, coconut oil, a myriad of lip balms.

Then I discovered that vinegar clears it up quickly.

For the person who wondered if taking a vitamin B supplement would help - I already use a vitamin B supplement, as well as vitamin E and vitamin C so, in my case anyway, a vitamin B supplement isn't the answer.

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on January 21, 2013
at 05:14 AM

My lips used to always be chapped. Then in my late 20's I started developing cold sores. From then on, my lips started peeling on a daily basis. I feel that the peeling and cracking are symptoms of my herpes. My dermatologist believes that it is caused by sun damage and has prescribed anti-cancer lip ointment which eats off precancerous skin. I have used this treatment twice which did not remedy the situation. I am trying it again as I am in my mid fifties and the peeling has been a part of my life now for almost 30 years. I would love to know if the peeling is more due to heredity, sun damage, herpes simplex or something else.

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F7c63b93df0b629b4a889256a1329e98

on December 28, 2012
at 06:53 AM

I'm not paleo but I was looking up answers for this peeling lips issue and I came across this. I've had consistently peeling lips for months now, and so far I've just been managing with an Eos lip balm that's 95% organic with lots of natural oils in it and whatnot, nothing minty or anything either and it helps getting me through the day. At night and in the mornings I use 100% organic raw shea butter for the extra moisture. But recently, from the weather I suppose, my lips suddenly got a lot worse, peeling more, cracking around the outside of my lips, which causes the burning sensation. And the best solution I've found is ointment, like you'd use on scrapes and cuts, (I like bacitracen zinc antibiotic ointment) with the raw shea butter on top. It's healed my lips up in a matter of days. The ointment helps to get all the dead peeling skin off while healing the skin underneath, and the shea butter moisturizes of course. For a while I was just using the shea butter and it just wasn't doing the job. But the ointment you can get at Walgreens or CVS, and the raw shea butter can be found at GNC. You can get a decent sizes little tub for around 10-14 bucks, and I still have more than half of it after a year of consistent use. Hope this helps someone!

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on December 19, 2012
at 03:02 AM

My lips do the same exact thing. Big flaps of skin peel off of them, the cure is to not pick the dead skin off,letting them heal on there own.

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78490729e4a79dc94cfe26a529997019

on October 25, 2012
at 02:36 AM

Have almost the same problem. Had it since I was a child, Remember once was in Texas and it was so hot my lower lip cracked open so bad It bleed like crazy. Anyway it is only on the left side of my lower lip in a tiny circle- it tends to start by drying like a scab an before I realize it I start to bite the spot to get it off- even if i use chap sticks I still have the erge to pick it off which it bleeds of course. Was talking to a new doctor that took over my doctors office after he retired said point blank that it had to be one of my kissy family realitives that had the herpies simplex that causes cold sores that may have started it but I have never been diagnosed with it since I never get cold sores. GO FIGURE>.....

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Bd845ec6c25f4cc393cb3ef1572e1672

on July 12, 2012
at 12:21 AM

My twin girls have had what I think is exfoliative chelitis. They have had the most horrible peeling lips for YEARS! No matter how much lip balm I put on them...it NEVER helped. I've tried every type available. But I now know what is actually causing it! For them, it is candida! I searched online and came across a small post in a blog somewhere that Candida could cause exfoliative chelitis. So I put some nystatin ointment on their lips at night. Within 3 days, their lips were completely cleared up. I now only have to put it on their lips maybe twice per month. No more peeling!

It make sense that your exfoliative chelitis could be due to Candida as well since this started during this diet. Candida is a beast to get rid of...and causes a ton of health problems.

Hope this helps.

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on July 09, 2012
at 07:18 PM

hi... me too have the same problem and i tried many ways but cant get rid of my reddish peeled off lips. then my mom bought " Palmer's Cocoa Butter Formula Moisturizing Lip Balm" for me and it worked well... my lips gained the natural color within a week... :)

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5f6f565a2030e1008ce5a92703edae47

on April 12, 2012
at 01:40 AM

I started the paleo diet two weeks ago and the only downside is the burning chapped lips. Has anyone found the reasoning behind this? I need relief, NOW!!!

408b32d0900853851167089d730f1881

on April 13, 2012
at 01:22 PM

Jen - read up a bit to see what others have tried. As for me, it's barely noticeable these days - but I can't tell you exactly why. Am still drinking alcohol & eating dairy (both very minimally) - but I'm also getting plenty of good fats, supplementing with kelp, taking other stuff & still using lip balms w/o incident when my lips feel dry. But the burning/peeling stuff has largely disappeared...

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on February 23, 2012
at 11:54 PM

I have the same problems. My lips are not dry at all but my skin keeps peeling and falling off. It is really annoying and gross I will peel it off and more beings to peel shortly after. I dont eat an excessive amount of dairy, im not gluten intolerant, i dont drink on a regular basis, i drink plenty of water, my house is set at a consistant and normal temputure, i dont wear lipstick, i dont have red lips and they dont itch. I just dont know. I do get cold sores and have weird allergic reactions to chocolate, cashews and excessive sun. my lips swell and blister. but even when im not having reactions to that my skin just sheds off.

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57f957c140a4d9478c377ef8699cee58

on January 05, 2012
at 01:32 AM

I have had this same problem for years. My lips turn blood red after eating ANYTHING. And they peel,but are not chapped. I do not lick or bite them. They are 100% better when I'm not at work. At home we use humidifiers,and I only use all natural lip balms but I don't use them at home. I don't need to. At work,they are embarrassing. They even get a white film either on the whole lip or along where they touch each other. I really believe it is a form of exfoliative chelitis but have not found anything that can be done for it except I will wash them with liquid hand soap when they get too bad and this really seems to help. Hope this helps.

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E5c7f14800c5992831f5c70fa746dc5c

(12857)

on December 21, 2011
at 03:26 PM

Try taking in more preformed vit A(retinol) from either supplements or liver.

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on December 21, 2011
at 03:16 PM

I have the same problem!!! for almost a year now, my lips feel tight (especially in the morning) itchy and dry, really dry, they don't feel normal, not smoothe as they use to be and this really saddens me!! I've been to the clinic and the doctor gave something that made my lips feel even tighter and dry so I stopped using it. I've used all sorts of lip balm (ECO' blixtex, balea, vicky, carmex, vaseline, burts bee) nothing has worked on me. It may have been because of the harsh winter winds and the fact that I did not protect my self, but they still feel this way, almost a year now! I want my normal lips back! this is ridiculous, it really upsets me because no one seems to know what's going on, I feel helpless! And I drink a lot of water and other fluids, I have a balanced diet, fish, meat, vegetables, legumes, fruits....can anyone help please?

E5c7f14800c5992831f5c70fa746dc5c

(12857)

on December 21, 2011
at 03:26 PM

Try taking in more preformed vit A(retinol) from either supplements or liver.

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96bf58d8c6bd492dc5b8ae46203fe247

(37227)

on December 05, 2011
at 10:12 PM

No one else has brought this up yet so I will.

I have an unconscious habit of licking/rubbing my lips. It's something I catch myself doing thoughtlessly and I suspect I do it in my sleep. I get very annoyed with myself about it.

Once I accidentally create a tiny torn/peeling/rough spot, it's like a broken tooth--I seem to lick/feel/rub it constantly.

So, it can be a form of fidgeting. If I can't seem to stop fussing with my lip--and for me it's only the bottom lip--then I put something harmless in my mouth--such as a (knitting) cabling needle or small smooth piece of wood--to give the skin on my lip a rest. It's a constant struggle to keep my lip unblemished because it's such an unconscious habit.

518bce04b12cd77741237e1f61075194

(11577)

on April 12, 2012
at 02:06 AM

Yeah, I remind my boyfriend of this because he doesn't notice he's doing it either- I tell him to "stop digesting your lips!" ever since learning about salvatory amylase lip irritation.

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2d1125a5eac227aacba801bcab3bb9b8

(331)

on December 05, 2011
at 03:44 PM

I have this problem. The reason? The heat in my house! It's really hard to regulate the temperature in my bedroom. It's either broiling hot or freezing cold, so I usually end up with some dry skin/peeling lips.

Have you turned on the heat in your house yet?

408b32d0900853851167089d730f1881

on December 05, 2011
at 04:46 PM

Yep, heat's been on since early November, on a timed programmable thermostat. And yes, the bedroom is usually colder than the rest of the house - especially at night.

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E644cb0db27318ceda19322f59f0b9c3

(165)

on December 05, 2011
at 12:08 PM

i have had peeling lips my whole life.Ofcourse i bite my lips quite often aswell, but i think the reason for it is unstable eating. WHen i eat less they become reddish and very easily bleeding, and when i take a lot of fish oli or smth, the become hard, strong, and start to renew themselves from previous damage.Also lip balms make u addicted and even cause peeling in my mind because they do moisture your lips and therefore the outer layer of the skin needs to peel off.It has got smth to do with dehydration aswell

408b32d0900853851167089d730f1881

on December 05, 2011
at 04:43 PM

Yep, have wondered if I'm only aiding the problem by using the lip balms. But it's a catch-22 situation - otherwise, the cracking/bleeding starts.

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C5cc9681531cb646e0164ab9c1f96f75

on July 07, 2017
at 12:47 PM

 Mr Claridge.

I think the milk helps to recover and to balance your gut flora. I was taking apple cider vinegar for around a month, a few drops with my meals. My lips started peeling off as well. I went crazy trying to find out what was the reason until I realised I have been unbalancing my gut flora by taking too much apple cider vinegar. Every body is different. Then, to counteract its reaction I started having yogourt everyday and my lips stopped peeling. Then, it was when I came out with my conclusion. I hope this explanation helps you. (:

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F905e6d1d1232da2663aa8d901cb0739

on August 01, 2016
at 11:38 PM

I had a total hysterectomy over a year ago and had been trying various types of estrogen for hormone replacement.  I switched to the generic estradiol pill to save money.  I finallly realized my lips were peeling off as a reaction to the medication.  I stopped taking it a few days ago and my lips are healing!  I'm not sure what I'll do instead, but at least my lips are much better.

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690e8224c948f0e78c9e956038b06710

on May 03, 2016
at 06:00 PM

I've had peeling lips for years, but could never pinpoint the problem. However by chance, I've noticed that when I drink cows milk (say a glass a day), my lips would stop peeling. This is very bizarre, and I have no explanation to why this works. It does however fit in with my life habits, I'll quickly explain why.

About six/seven years ago, I stopped drinking milk, not because of media coverage or doctor recommendation, but because I tried soy milk and started to prefer the taste in cereal and coffee. Shortly after this, I just cut it out of my diet fully. About that time my lips started constantly peeling, but I never linked the two and as time went by, it never crossed my mind that cows milk would be the issue or treatment in my case. In fact I tried to cut out everything else over small periods of time, even adding things to my diet (like vitamins and minerals etc).

Like I say there is no explanation or even evidence I could find to why drinking cows milk, stops lips peeling. It has though, solved a problem that became embarrassing and plighted my life for years. So I'd say to anyone else with a similar problem, give it a go. I noticed a difference within a couple of days and haven't had the issue since.

If anyone can explain to me why drinking cows milk stops lips peeling and maybe more importantly, why not drinking cows milk makes lips peel, I’d be grateful. As this is a complete mystery to me.

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Cf5a06bd267d5e61c1e27101b0223d56

on February 04, 2015
at 12:05 PM

guys any found a cure 4 this coz i cant help it...im suffering this for 3 years and its only getting worse(i tried vaseline,blistex,emolene,many many multi vitamin tablets,honey,oil.....)i just want my life back....

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53de3841847029d13b9c170fee83b226

on February 17, 2014
at 07:48 AM

Here are some remedies to prevent and treat chapped lips. Pick from these for luscious tips.

  1. Avoid licking your lips – When the saliva evaporates, it leaves your lips drier than before, so ditch this habit. Stay away from flavoured lip balm as it may tempt you to lick it off.
  2. Stay hydrated – Consume more water in winter so your lips stay hydrated along with your skin.
  3. Use lip balm before going out and reapply several times when outside. It’s a good idea to use a lip balm with a sunscreen for added protection, also cover your lips with a scarf.

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on April 05, 2013
at 05:54 AM

My lip had the same problem, it will peel and peel, and I started to put fungus cream and wallah!!! It dissapear. Put fungus cream at night with bandaid and you should see visible results the next day

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3720f5eb63757f8cdbf393ac7530c1c3

(259)

on December 28, 2012
at 09:51 AM

I've nearly always have cracked lips but beyond using lip balm occasionally (which does nothing) I honestly never thought about it before! I guess I just assumed it was the weather or something...

I used to get angular chelitis a couple of times a year, which was really painful and made simple things like opening my mouth to eat or yawn hard work (its where the corners of your mouth crack and bleed). It was so bad I went to the doctor for it and he told me it was a vitamin B deficiency. Sure enough, taking a vitamin B complex for a few days got rid of it! So whenever the angular chelitis flares up I break out the vitamin B pills and it works every time!

I wonder if vitamin B would help the cracked lips thing in general?

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(75)

on October 25, 2012
at 11:45 AM

Is your fish oil cod liver oil? If so, try giving it up for four weeks. Hypervitaminosis A, or Vitamin A overdose, is often connected with angular chelitis, which is cracking at the corner of the mouth; there are frequent anecdotes suggesting it may also be connected with peeling lips, which was my experience.

My lips were peeling for months before I went on a two week trip without supplements; when I saw how much my lips improved, I slowly reintroduced supplements until I found the culprit in the fermented cod liver oil. I tried another bottle of FCLO, and then a multi-vitamin with A to find out if my particular FCLO was at fault: It wasn't. FCLO simply has too much Vitamin A for my body, and possibly for yours. I've been off it for three months now, and still, if I take a dose, my lips begin quickly peeling.

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on October 25, 2012
at 11:01 AM

From what I know this is usually from beeswax, sometimes it's from jojoba oil, or fluoride toothpaste.

Lots, and lots, of people who switch to more natural products (lip balm, moisturisers etc.) get this because of the beeswax in almost all natural products.

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(591)

on December 28, 2012
at 07:09 PM

you are saying beeswax causes lips to peel?

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on July 12, 2012
at 02:07 AM

It might be something as simple as chronic, mild dehydration.

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on December 05, 2011
at 11:20 AM

Could it just be the change in weather?

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on December 05, 2011
at 04:36 PM

It's possible, of course - but while I've had issues with dry & chapped lips before, I've never had peeling lips & have lived here for 15+ years already!

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on January 03, 2012
at 04:41 PM

I had the same issue. Thought it was because I stopped taking anti-histamines, but yesterday I stopped eating salt and it vanished.

Could that be the cause of your peeling lips?

UPDATE : I reject what I said. Salt doesn't change my lips. I'm thinking it might be stress or something else... Though my lips are quite okay atm. When I put sangre de grado on them they immediately become soft. Still searching for the cause...

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(8938)

on January 03, 2012
at 04:43 PM

Retinol, eating more fat, drinking more water, ... Only removing salt helped.

408b32d0900853851167089d730f1881

on January 03, 2012
at 09:09 PM

Wow. Issue's gotten better once I added a kelp pill into my daily dose of supplements - but wine or anything super-acidic will cause it to flare up. Salt? Really?

B0fe7b5a9a197cd293978150cbd9055f

(8938)

on January 04, 2012
at 08:24 AM

Let's hope it's not the salt :D. I love my salt too, fried veggies without salt are no good :)

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(245)

on January 03, 2012
at 07:16 PM

Oh Korion, you hurt me! My lips have always peeled and I Love Salt! I guess I know what my next step is. :(

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