Chapped lips

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Alternative Names

Lips - chapped and dry


Here are some recommendations for preventing chapped lips:

  • Avoid excessive sun exposure
  • Avoid going out in dry, cold weather without putting on lip balm or lipstick
  • Try to keep the air in your home humid
  • Use a sunscreen on your lips when outside in sunny weather

Here are some recommendations for soothing chapped and sore lips:

  • Drink additional fluids in winter months
  • Treat chapped lips with beeswax and petrolatum (Vaseline)

See your health care provider if you have sores that will not heal on your lips.


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  • Last reviewed on 11/2/2014
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