Chapped lips are cause by various factors. But the main reason why you get chapped lips is that there is a lack of moisture in the lips. It is maybe due to absence of the oil in the surface of your lips or the moisture of your lips has evaporated. It may be also caused by irritating lipsticks. Another cause of chapped lips is the anatomical shape of the lips. The lips usually look chapped and dry and may peel. In some cases, the lips may bleed. It looks swollen and it may look pale.
The major reason for chapped lips is the evaporation of moisture in your lips. This usually happens during cold weather conditions like in winter. A house with a heater may cause the evaporation of moisture in your lips. The feeling of dryness in your lips may lead you to licking your lips. Though most of the time you do it unconsciously. Licking your lips may cause further evaporation of moisture. As your saliva evaporates it brings moisture out of your lips making it more dry and chapped.
Another reason for having a chapped lip is due to an irritating lip stick. Some lips may be too sensitive to some lipstick dyes. Allergic reactions are also common in using lip plumping lipstick and lip gloss. These products are known to have irritants that may cause chapping and peeling of your lips.
Lastly, some people who have chapped lips have a problem with the shape of their lips. Those people who have lips that turn down in the corners are prone to have chapped lips in the outside corners of the mouth. How is this so? When your face relaxes, due to the shape of the lips, saliva may collect at the corners of your lips causing chapped lips. You may think that saliva promotes moisture. But we must remember that as saliva evaporates, it gets some moisture out of the lips, and evaporates with it.
It is important that you know how to treat chapped lips. There are various ways on how to moisturize you lips and trap the moisture in it. The first thing that you should do for chapped lips is to soak it with cool salt water. Salt has its antibacterial effect plus it moisturizes the lips. To seal in the moisture you could use an emollient cream or Vaseline or lip balms to hold the moisture in. If there is still no progress after weeks of conservative treatment, you may resort to hydrocortisone ointment. Licking is one of the main causes of chapped lips so you should also avoid doing that. Another thing, if you are allergic to your previous lipstick, you might as well consider changing it.