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I have had this problem for a little over two years now and have had no success curing it. The problem is this. On my bottom lip (just my bottom, top is fine), my lip gets dry and the skin becomes flaky and will peel off in sheets (like when u get a sunburn). I have to keep some kind of moisturizer on at all times. I currently use aquaphor. I head it could be dehydration. However I have had the problem for over 2yrs, I don’t think I could live that long dehydrated. I have also tried multi vitamins with no success. Do you have any suggestions?
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replied December 23rd, 2008
me too
I have the same problem, for several years now. I have used many kinds of balms and chapsticks, but they just work for 30 minutes or so then my lips are peeling again in massive flakes. It is really embarassing to have to pick off dead skin from your lips every thirty minutes. I dont lick my lips often but I always thought it had something to do with my overbite.I thought maybe since I cannot close my mouth all the way, the air passing through my lips is drying them out. I want to know wht I can do about it. I am tried of temporary fixes. I want to be able to wear lipstick and lip gloss.
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replied May 12th, 2011
I hope this helps someone
I have the same problem. It is definitely not the weather... I live in The Bahamas. My dry lip (bottom) was so bad that if the skin was stretched by yawning or smiling, it would start bleeding. My co-worker told me to put vaseline petroleum jelly on both lips at night and the dead skin would peel right off in the morning. It worked. I carry this product everywhere and even add colour to it so my lips aren't dull.
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replied January 12th, 2013
peeling lips
i would seriously look for something natural than petrochemicals to stick on your lips. i use plant oil lip balms or chapsticks. take them everywhere.

Wonder if its from being a mouth breather? on the search for an answer myself
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replied December 23rd, 2014
Hey, i would like to add on some more info to yours. You can crush rose flower petals & apply(rub) it oon your lips thrice a week at night.
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replied May 25th, 2011
Yes, what we have is herpes type 1. Go to you family Dr. and get checked.
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replied June 18th, 2011
Severe Chapped Lips Cure
No, I would definately say this is not the problem (herpes I)C'mon. For chapped lip sufferers here is a tip; buy a bottle of petroleum jelly/vaseline and put on a dry toothbrush (buy one specifically for this) (The jelley and toothbrush will cost you two dollars at the dollar store) With the jelly on the toothbrush massage liberally into your lips, then blot till most jelly is off ( don't wipe!) Continue to repeat this process throughout the day until your lips are soft. This is mostly a dehydrational and seasonal issue. Wear organic sunblock/moisturizer lipbalm and get plenty of fluids.Take a clean washcloth in the shower (new one everytime as not to spread bacteria on your face) and gently exfoliate your lips everyday also. This should help all of you considerably (also, try to lower your salt and sun exposure)Good Luck. Smile
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replied January 2nd, 2009
me three
I had flaky lips for six years now. Sometimes it get so worse that the whole skin around my lips becomes flaky as well and starts to peel. I don't live in cold weather, I live in southern California, and the weather is fine, so I know it is not due to weather. My lips becomes normal after I brushed my teeth, but after an instant 10 minutes, it becomes extremely flaky again. It's like my skin is sucking in all the moisturizer. I think I tried over 10 home remedies and over 50 lip care products. My dermatologist recommended a $60 cream calls Elidel that treats eczema. DOES NOT WORK, I even tried Elocon, which makes it even worse. I know our lip conditions is really hard to cure, because my doctor and dermatologist apparently don't know what to do with my problem. And I haven't found a solution yet, but after intense researching, I know that products we use should be organic. Because if we are constantly rubbing stuff on our lips, it should be a harmless product. I also found out that some lip balms such as: carmex, normal chapped stick contains chemical that is harmful to our lips. In the end, each skin responds differently to each product, but I think that we should take care of our lips by using organic lip balm. To sum it up, here is what you can try to do:
1. Drink plenty of water, and I mean plenty!
2. Exfoliate lips whenever possible, I recommended at least once or twice a day if you have flaky lips like mine.
3. Burt's Beewax lip balm contains over 95% natural organic materials, which is extremely important for lips with our conditions.
4. Wash your lips after a meal, keep them clean.
Honestly, I just bought Burt's Beewax today, but so far I only have to apply it to my lips twice in one day! which i find amazing, because I am constantly putting layers and layers of vaseline.
I hope this continues to work, and I will keep an update. I don't know if my flaky lips condition will ever be healed, but I found a good lip balm, that might help! I really hope so.
I'll be back after a week with an update, and I just want to remind everyone that my lip condition is really bad and flaky, so if this works for me, I'm sure it will work for you!
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replied March 12th, 2012
yes I have used Burt's Bee's wax before and I didn't even think to use it again after my lips started to become dry and flaky. The other thing I read is if you take any antidepressants they have an after life in your system and have side effects like dry mouth as well as sores.
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replied January 30th, 2009
me four
it happens just the way you say......bottom lip....overbite err tthing ...creepy....i reaaally want to know if what he says works....let me know ok?
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replied January 30th, 2009
ME 4...OR 5...
ME AND this kid i know HAVE THAT TOO....same thing bottom lip peeling....cracking bits of skin i don't drink a lot of water....never thought that had to do with it but I'll try it its so embarrassing i never knew anything could be done about it please if that works let me know
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replied December 7th, 2012
DRY LIPS - SKIN PEEL
Buy a tube NAMED "BOROLINE". Its available in India. Apply this on your lips. Its the best thing available today for this kind of problems.
Koshy Panicker
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replied June 28th, 2009
PLEASE ANYONE HAVE ANY DIAGNOSIS/CURE?
Please has ANYONE been able to find out what the hell causes this or had any kind of real diagnosis? driving me crazy, looks embarrasingly gross and I'm a picker by nature so really bad combo for me!!!

help!!!!
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replied July 30th, 2009
Lip issue
Has anyone found a cure yet. I suffer from the same issue. I have tried many lip balms as well.
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replied August 1st, 2009
lip crack
Hello Every lipflaky sufferrers,
I am in the same boat. My condition over the last couple of weeks worsened although earlier on it was under control due to my way of eating nuts which have natural oils and good for health. My well being has gone down due to exposure to sinus infection. However over the lst few weeks my condition has become acute. On close examination I was exposed an infection with cocci bacteria. The skin flakes were full of bacterial colonies. This has alarmed me to look for some specific treatment. At the moment, the best thing working for me is to gently apply a thin layer of Aristocort skin cream for topical anti-inflammatory purpose. It contains Triamcinolone acetonide 0.02% w/w. It is available in Australia as a precribed medication. This is free from parabens, phenol, and lanolin. Equivalent products should be available in other countries. I found a great relief and my lips have softened to great extent and of course I am not completely cured as yet. But with this cream at least I have some relief with partial cure. At least one can liver with it. I used to have my lips crack and bleed. Such thing is not happening. This is my personal experience. It may apply to your conditions or you may need different in your situation. I will come back to you with some more update.
Cheers
Dr Rajasekariah, Sydney August 2009
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replied September 4th, 2009
I have flaky lips too!!
OH MY GOSH! I too have this problem. A guy I used to know in HS had it and i dont remember having it before I kissed him. DO you think its possible i have gotten it from him? like its contagious? Ive had it ever since and thats like the last 6 years! it drives me nuts and i miss my plump smooth lips!! how do i get rid of it!
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replied May 25th, 2011
DRY FLAKY RED LIPS
I have it too after kissing a woman that have HVS typeI. Yes we have herpes. Please everyone get checked to your family Dr.
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replied October 11th, 2010
dry lips
I too had flaky, dry lips. Nothing I tried helped. Then I thought about my toothpaste, Crest Pro Health. Within a week of stopping the use of this product my lips were on their way to healing. This problem is now completely gone.
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replied April 6th, 2011
flaky lips
lucky you...i use baking soda for over a year and still have the flakes..the only thing that stopped it was applying cortisone,a prescription from the doctor BUT cortisone thins the skin and I can't bring my self to use it any more...One health pro said too much vita A but one said not enough of vita A so I coat with oilsand peel...this has been going on for 3 years.
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replied October 21st, 2010
dry, scaly, red spots on lips
I'm a bank teller at a drive-up window. I share a microphone with another employee. I noticed her lips were red and chapped. After sharing the microphone with her, I now have the same problem, so I think it is contagious. I haven't found anything to relieve the symptoms yet, but will try Neosporin LT lip treatment and drinking lots of water. For lipstick, I will only use Burt's Beeswax for awhile to see whether that helps.I will check products for Eosin, which can cause lip reactions, I hear - especially in lipsticks.
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replied February 1st, 2011
Dry, scaly, flaky lips + around mouth
Has anyone had an update on their condition and anyone been cured of this?? I have had it for the last 9 months or so at varying degrees of how bad it has gotten - similar also no dermatologist or even allergy doctor has been able to help me cure it completely although some treatments have helped make it go down some - I have found similar ways to manage it too a combo of Aquaphor, Neosporin has helped a bit but like another said I have to apply it constantly, or my lips get scaly, realy dry chapped and then start to crack and or get super flaky!

I agree that exfoliating is important but I have to be careful not to scratch it or put too much pressure on lips or area around lips (both lips and area around lips are effected) otherwise it gets super red and I look like a clown with red blotches all around my lips! this happens when it gets irritated and really starts iching - sometimes just the stress of it had me scratching!

Seeing a NAET Allergy specialist determined that it is most likely linked to stress and emotions so now I really make an effort to keep calm, watch my thoughts feelings around when it's acting up and not scratch, or lick my lips to much

- I'm drinking more water which helps and actually meditating and relaxing about it helps as well as keeping them 24/7 Moisturized!

But I also have been in search of another product that is organic. I tried Olive oil and coconut oils but those are better eaten as they don't provide enough of moisture that locks in. I have been having cravings for foods with lots of good natural oils so it seems that my body knows what it needs (ie: Avocado, Brazil Nuts and Cashews, Flax seed meal, seeds, Olive oil, Coconut Oil)

_ Burts Bees doesn't work for me because the peppermint is too strong and irritates it, I even had to switch my toothpaste also to one with no mint.

- Going to try to find a lip balm made of 100% organic Shea Butter to see if that could be a replacement for the Aquaphor/ Neosporin. And also see if there is some other bonafide cure! because hearing that so many of you have had it for so many years is crazy to me! It would be awesome for this condition to be healed as soon as possible! It already is as you all know not so much fun to have to live with on a daily especially working as a Documentary Filmmaker and having to interview people!

Thanks for all your help! Knowing I'm not alone in this helps a lot! We will find a cure!!! Smile
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replied February 28th, 2011
i'm 16
i have eczema so the area around my lips always peel off after i shower or when i wake up or sometimes after i eat


this has been happening since i was 13, when i just had braces. my lips has been tearing a lot since then. my dentist, friend and teacher recommended vaseline (the original tub kind) so i started using it (until now) and it works rather fine.

now my braces have been removed so i need to wear retainers but ever since ive been wearing retainers to sleep, every morning i will wake up with REALLLLLLLY FLAKY lips so i have to wash my lips and apply vaseline x2

i used to use the tub kind but after that i switched to the lip therapy one (something like a toothpaste kind, you have to squeeze it out) and i find it works better because using the tub one, you need to dip your finger inside which will contaminate the tub with the germs and your lips
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replied May 26th, 2011
Red dry "clown lips"
Just found an article on "Clown Lips" and the cure. It is called Exfoliativa Cheilitis. It is a fungal infection similar to Candida. You can get rid of it in less than a week. Get some highly concentrated dishwashing soap like Palmolive. Wash your hands with it, then rinse your lips with warm water - followed by covering the entire area with the soap for a minute and then rinsing with warm water. Then cover the entire area with Vaseline for at least two hours. This type of infection thrives on moisture and the typical treatments recommended keep it too moist, thereby encouraging its continued growth. Washing it with the soap and then putting on Vaseline keeps the moisture out so it can't continue to thrive. So, a relief for Clown lips that doesn't cost much.
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replied July 5th, 2011
Sick of red flaky lips !!!O_O!!!
Okay, I honestly don't remember NOT having this problem. Ever since I could remember I've had this problem and honestly I've reached an age where I actually I'm starting eighth grade this school year I'm really sick of my lip (bottom) always being red and flaky and now the edge of my lip is really getting bad, I can't yawn without starting to bleed I have to apply lip balm (not chap sticks the little circle ones) every three minutes and I'm really sick of it I drink plenty of water too much actually and I'm sure it's nothing to do with the weather I live in miami, florida and we have very interesting weather. Can someone PLEASE find a f***ing cure?? I've tried EVERYTHING!! :{
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replied July 6th, 2011
I have this thing too and it IS NOT AN INFECTION. If it were, all my boyfriends would have ended up with flaky lips.

I have tried so many products, nothing seems to help. Looking for a cure or fix too!!!

BTW, Burts Bees does nothing for me.
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replied July 10th, 2011
Extremely eHealthy
instead of lip balms go to any vitamin store and buy a small bottle of vitamin E oil. use a separate small bottle u can wash out with rubbing alcohol and put a little in for the day SO NOT TO CONTAMINATE THE ORIGINAL BOTTLE OF VIT E OIL,
buy some alcohol wipes so if u can't wash your hands. the type the dr office uses before giving shots FOR YOUR FINGERS NOT YOUR LIP
U can use the E oil 50 times a day if u want
good luck
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replied October 6th, 2011
It's probably thrush
It's thrush. I had it so bad my entire chin area below my mouth would peel too. My doc prescribed a cream to apply to my chin and some swish and swallow yeast killer. Have your AC1 checked, a high blood sugar content encourages the yeast. Finally eat a ton of yoghurt or take probiots to increase the good bacteria which will eat the yeast.
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replied November 17th, 2011
Came across this thread and thought I would share this with you all. Dry flaking lips around ONLY the bottom lip, according to another forum, is a symptom of Actinic Cheilitis - which can actually be quite dangerous. Although after doing some googling I do believe I have Exfoliative Cheilitis since I have flaking on both the top and bottom lip. Here's a link to a website discussing AC:

http://www.skincancer-survivor.com/actinic -cheilitis.html
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replied December 28th, 2011
Dry flakey lips
I occassionally get flakey lips and put it down to stomach acid. Not that I have reflux but I eat a high protein diet and that seems to spark it off. Interesting1
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