06. May 2011 · Comments Off on Problems of Lips · Categories: Skin Care · Tags: , ,

Lips give a beautiful look to the face. Along with eyes, lips define the personality of a person. If lips have a skin problem, it hurts the looks. It also creates problems in eating food. Let us find out about common lip problems and how to treat them.


Those who suffer from cold sores, may find a flare-up in herpes on the lips with sun exposure, any local irritant (food or drink) or an illness. Herpes affected lips are painful and need to be treated with anti-viral medicine.


Psoriasis can cause dry, flaking lips. In psoriasis, any cut that develops on lips takes a long time to heal. In psoriasis, the lip skin may become darker over the years and lose luster. Topical steroids are commonly used to treat psoriasis on lips.

Lichen Planus:

Lichen planus is an autoimmune disease that normally occurs on the inner cheeks as white strips and dots. It takes a long time to resolve. Lichen planus can also affect lips. Your doctor may prescribe a steroid to be applied on the lips. If you have dry and flaky lips, it is not always dryness. Your doctor is more qualified to diagnose the cause. The condition is also known as angular cheilitis.

Vitamin A:

Excess of Vitamin A in any form (food or medication) can cause cracked dry lips. This is also called vitamin A poisoning. Stop excess intake and the problem will get resolved.


This is a common problem of cracking of corners of the lips. It is caused by yeast in the mouth, diabetes, HIV or use of oral steroids or antibiotics. Your doctor may give you an oral solution to treat this problem.

Allergic Dermatitis:

Lips may develop eczema because of allergic reaction to cosmetic ingredients, food, toothpaste, etc.


Leukoplakia of the lips appears as white, thin patches on the lips. It is a pre-cancerous condition of the lips caused by sun damage. Leukoplakia needs to be removed surgically or with liquid nitrogen.

This article is only for informative purposes. This article is not intended to be a medical advise and it is not a substitute for professional medical advice. Please consult your doctor for your medical concerns. Please follow any tip given in this article only after consulting your doctor. The author is not liable for any outcome or damage resulting from information obtained from this article.