Best Fixes for Chapped Lips

Winter weather and dry skin go hand-in-hand. Here&s how to help soothe the rough spots.
Feb 22, 2013

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3-13

Best Fixes for Chapped Lips

Feb 22, 2013

The skin on your child’s lips is very thin, so moisture evaporates easily from them. Chilly outdoor temps and dry indoor air conspire to dehydrate that delicate skin, making lips super-susceptible to drying and cracking in colder months. Although you can’t do anything about the dryness in your kid’s classroom, you can rehydrate your home with a humidifier. Using lip balm can also help by trapping in moisture.

 
Petroleum jelly is a smart choice because it’s an oil-based emollient that both repels water and replaces moisture in your skin cells. (We like Vaseline Lip Therapy.) Other topicals that do the trick: beeswax treatments, like Burt’s Bees Beeswax Lip Balm, which also naturally seals in hydration, and Aquaphor Healing Ointment. Skip medicated and flavored kid-centric balms, though. Medicated ones can irritate already inflamed skin, and flavored ones encourage lip-licking, which only exacerbates the problem. The saliva dries quickly and leads to more chapping.
 
Source: Elizabeth S. Martin, M.D., a dermatologist in Hoover, AL, and spokesperson for the American Academy of Dermatology
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