Not sure if this is a skin problem, but i didn't see a separate place for mouth/lip problems.
My lips are starting to get cracked at the corners.It hurts when I smile or when I open my mouth wide to eat something. It looks like small paper cuts. I've been doing a lot of research on this, because it's pretty irritating.
I found out it is called Angular Cheilitis. I've seen the most common treatments for this include: B-Complex vitamins, a 1% hydro cortisone cream, Vitamin-E oil and Tea Tree oil, lanoline creams, a Z-Pac anti biotic, drinking more water, switching toothpastes, an anti-fungal cream, and not licking your lips.
Which of these works best? Which methods don't work? Are there any other ways to treat the cracks at the corner of your mouth? I'm going to make a run to the store in the morning and want to know what to try.
I had constantly dry, sore & flaking lips for about 9 months until I tried 100% shea butter. This solved the problem within a day - I was so happy. My doctor had suggested Vaseline, but this did nothing at all. You can get pure shea butter from outlets like L'Occitane and health food shops.
i've gotten this maybe once a year, but this time it's a lot worse.
my diet is relatively health, i exercise often, my life is rather stress free. I changed my toothpaste and toothbrush (in case one of those was the factor, as i had read on other forums)
i made a concoction of vitamin e oil and tea tree oil that i'm going to try. not sure if i just put it on the cracked parts of my mouth, or the entirety of my lips...?
all i know is this hurts and it's really noticeable... not cool.