Tips for Lip Care: Because Lips Speak! Lips are one of the most basic yet important features of your face. Lips define your expression even if you were to speak without words. We all understand this very well yet we do very little to take care of our lips. The disorders affecting the lips can be divided into congenital (present since birth) and acquired. In this article, I will talk about the acquired lip disorders and the necessary tips for lip care. The most common acquired lip disorder is Cheilitis or inflammation of the lips. Cheilitis can be due to various causes such as: Chapping of the Lips. Chapping is the reaction to detrimental environment conditions that is usually caused by exposure to freezing temperatures or to hot dry wind. Lips in these cases become sore, cracked, and scaly making a person want to lick the lips or pick at the scales further aggravating the condition. •
Treatment. Regular application of petroleum jelly and avoidance of exposure to extreme environmental conditions. Eczematous Cheilitis. People who are prone to dryness of the skin are also prone to dryness and inflammation of the lips. •
Treatment. Liberal use of moisturizer and application of topical corticosteroids over the affected areas. Contact Cheilitis. Is an inflammatory response that is provoked by irritant action of chemicals. The most common cause is use of the wrong lipstick followed by causes such as toothpaste, mouthwashes, dental prosthetics containing mercury, and metal used in piercing the lip. Contact Cheilitis manifests as redness, scaling, swelling of lips, and fluid filled blisters. •
Treatment. Application of topical corticosteroids along with avoidance of allergy causing substance. Drug induced Cheilitis. This mostly occurs when a blister ruptures to form an ulcer, typically after the intake of a particular offending drug. •
Treatment. Application of topical corticosteroids along with avoidance of the offending drug. Angular Cheilitis. Is an acute or chronic inflammation of the angle of the mouth, which is the junction where the upper and the lower lips meet. It can be caused due to a fungal or bacterial infection, nutritional deficiency or due to dentures. •
Treatment. Treatment of the underlying cause. To sum it up, use of a good lip balm or petroleum jelly and avoidance of allergy or irritation causing substance is the essence of good lip care.
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