My Poor Lips!!

Updated on November 06, 2011
R.D. asks from Richmond, VA
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My lips are so over this weather (me too!)...

I use regular chapstick regularly... but it's making my face break out, particularly in the creases of my lips.

Can I use neosporin? Think that would even help? My lips aren't dry as a whole, only flaky around the edges. It looks so gross :(

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answers from Detroit on

I use aquaphor lip ointment it's been great for my lips...a huge difference in just a matter of days.

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answers from Redding on

it's a good time of year to keep a pot simmering on the stove to add humidity to your house. Fireplaces and heaters dry us up. Right now I'm simmering orange peels, ground cinnamon and ground ginger.
Put your moisturizer on while your face is still damp from washing it to seal in the moisture. Be careful with the chapstick Rach, it can actually become addictive and your lips wont provide their own natural oils. This will sound weird but is a good trick: rub your index fingers behind the back of your ears, there is a lot of natural oil there from you skin and scalp, use it for your lips. My grandfather taught us that trick when we were little kids growing up with chapped lips in winter, it really works.

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answers from Biloxi on

I am a Carmex girl from way back.
It is the only thing that helps my lips in the winter. I do, at bedtime, actually rub it along the skin at the outer edges of my lips also.
P.S. I hate Chapstick - it always makes my lips worse.

Good Luck

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answers from Appleton on

Don't do Carmex--it has fiberglass in it. So it makes your lips feel better at first but actually contributes to chapping and bleeding. I like blixtex best for at home when I'm out and wearing make-up I always use lipstick and lip gloss.
Also pick up a can of Bag Balm from Walgreens. It's in a cube shaped green can. It has a healing agent in it and works wonders on lips, hands, feet, knees, elbows and everything in between.

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answers from Houston on

The trick is to mix it up with different stuff (we develop a tolerance), aquafor, vaseline, carmex, lip balm, olive oil based stuff....etc....

Also lightly brushing lips with a wet soft toothbrush gently polishes them and stimulates new growth of skin this 2 times a day. When we overdue the balms and creams and lip gloss we send a message to the skin receptors that no new growth is needed, hence the severe chapping.

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answers from Denver on

I love Burts Bees during the day. If my lips are super dry I put Aquaphor on them at night (it is too slippery for me during the day, and I am a huge texture freak) It is amazing stuff!

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answers from Washington DC on

I use the Mary Kay Night Emollient cream. I LOVE LOVE LOVE it!!

You can get it on ebay or via a Mary Kay consultant!!


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answers from St. Louis on

Burts Bees is fantastic....

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answers from San Antonio on

"Chapstick" brand has alcohol in it.
I'd switch to Burtz Bees personally. Mary Kay's lip balm is really good too.
Not sure if neosporin is the key or not. I don't think it could hurt though!

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answers from Pittsburgh on

Chapstick doesn't work well for me.
Try Blistex or Carmex...much better than chapstick!

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answers from Washington DC on

We like regular vaseline if we are home or we like Vaseline Intensive Care lip balm. It's the BEST!

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answers from Dallas on

The only thing that works for me is Aquafor. I have tried Chapstick, Carmex, Neosporin lip treatment, and some others and all of them either didn't work or made it worse. I have very sensitive skin/lips, though.
Such a pain! :/

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answers from Norfolk on

I found a few home remedies.
I've used Vaseline before but the honey and Vaseline combo sounds very interesting.

Home Remedies and Natural Cures for Chapped Lips Treatment
Chapped Lips Home Remedy Using Honey and Vaseline
The nutritional characteristics of honey make it an amazing healing and anti-bacterial agent. Similarly, Vaseline is considered one of the best skin protectants. When these two items are combined, you have an effective home remedy for chapped lips:

* Put some honey on your lips let it dry for a few seconds.
* Without moving your lips, apply some Vaseline on top of the lips.
* Leave the honey and Vaseline on your lips for 10-15 minutes.
* Finally, dip a Q-tip dip in hot water and use it to remove the honey and Vaseline in two strokes.
* Do this once a day for about 2-5 days to get rid of chapped lips.

Coconut Oil for Chapped Lips
Many people have found that Coconut Oil is a wonderful natural remedy for chapped lips. Simply apply a small amount of oil to the lips several times per day, particularly when the weather is cold and dry.

Natural Remedy for Chapped Lips Using Water Therapy
Since dehydration is the main cause of dry or chapped lips, it is recommended to drink at least 2-3 litres of water daily. Also, on dry winter days, try to use a humidifier in your home to keep the air moist.

Natural Cure for Chapped Lips Using Cucumbers
Rub your lips with a slice of cucumber. Many people have found this to be a simple but effective chapped lip remedy.

Using Aloe Vera for Curing Chapped Lips
The herbal benefits of Aloe Vera make it an amazing healing agent for skin. Therefore, to cure chapped lips, try putting a small amount of Aloe Vera gel on your lips daily.

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answers from Detroit on

Mine are too. And I just broke down and bought chapstick, and now Im probably going to break out. Awesome!

(Green apple chapstick, I thought it was cool)

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answers from New York on

I second the honey. I don't mix with vaseline, just straight up! It's the reason Burts Bees is so good. But it isn't really meant for going out, cause it is kind of sticky. I tend to do it at night when I'm home. When it dries up, just lick it off! It is more for healing your lips than for moisturizing, so some other type of balm is also needed. I do not recommend Carmex or any of those because they contain ingredients that make your lips "addicted" to them.

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