As the seasons change, it’s likely that some of us will experience dry lips.
It’s a common skin Nursing ailments, but if left untreated they can be dangerous.
One expert explained that your fluffy lips could actually be the result of an allergy.
Chartered scientist and chemist Bruce Green explained: “Flaky lips or hypersensitive lips in allergic contact cheilitis (ACC) occurs when the lips appear swollen and can even have a burning sensation.
“They appear textured like scaling or fissures and can even form crusts around the corners of the mouth.”
Bruce, the founder of SOS serum Just as sensitive skin can be caused by contact dermatitis, lips can also be hypersensitive.
He added, “An allergic reaction can occur from many irritants, including toothpaste/mouthwash, perfumed cosmetics, certain lipstick ingredients such as castor oil, shellac or preservatives, medications, certain foods, and rubber/latex products.”
Allergic reactions occur when the immune system overreacts to a particular allergen or substance.
ACC develops as a result of allergic contact dermatitis affecting the lips.
When this happens, the lips may appear inflamed, swollen, discolored, and scaly.
Across the country, many people have experienced sore and dry lips, with data from Google Trends showing these search terms are up 400 percent compared to this time last year.
This is what ACC can look like eczemawith 90 percent of ACC cases sharing the same characteristics.
Most cases affect the lower lip, and while it’s not a serious condition, it’s thought to increase the risk of skin cancer.
If ACC is left untreated, it could develop squamous cell carcinoma.
But the condition is preventable, and Bruce shared his top tips for avoiding the problem.
When should I see a doctor?
Most often, dry and chapped lips heal on their own with over-the-counter remedies.
A pharmacist can usually help you determine which product is best for you.
The NHS says if your lips are hot, painful and swollen – this could be a sign of an infection and you should see your GP.
The instructions state: “If your GP thinks you have a sore lip, they may prescribe you an antibiotic or antifungal cream to treat the problem.”
If the problem persists, you may be referred for testing.
He said you should moisturize your lips regularly and use a fragrance-free and hypoallergenic treatment.
“Make sure your product contains SPF. Your lips need sun protection just as much as the rest of your face and body.
“Drink plenty of water throughout the day to keep your whole body hydrated.
“This will help keep your lips from becoming overly dry and chapped,” he said.
Bruce added that while it’s tempting, don’t pick your lips.
He added, “If your lips become dry and flaky, don’t pull or bite — it can make the problem worse.”
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