My lips have been feeling very dry recently. Is there anything I can do to solve this problem?
One of the commonest reasons for lips to feel dry is when they are being exposed to extremes of temperature whether this is hot or cold. The lips may crack and feel very uncomfortable. Using a lip salve regularly throughout the day will help.
Moderate degrees of dehydration will also cause lip dryness. Drinking too much caffeine or alcohol can often be responsible. The solution when this is the case is to remember to drink plenty of non-alcoholic liquid throughout the day. Eight glasses of water each day is the recommended minimum. This needs to be increased during hot weather.
One of things that many people do when their lips feel dry is to keep licking them in an effort to moisturise the lips. In most cases, however, this doesn't solve the problem but makes matters worse. So try not to do this.
Sometimes it's irritation from saliva, lipstick, or foods causing a minor allergic reaction that is responsible for these symptoms. Contact eczema is another cause.
Over-working, stress, tiredness, recent infection all lower the immune system making minor infections around the mouth and lips more likely. These can dry the lips out and the corners of mouth are commonly affected. Eating a healthy diet rich in vitamins C, E, and B vitamins, and also zinc, iron and beta-carotene, together with plenty of rest and regular exercise will help keep the immunity fighting fit.
There are some medical conditions where dry lips are one of the symptoms so if the problem persists despite these simple measures then ask your doctor for further advice.