Dry, cracked lips usually have a simple cause and an equally simple solution. Effective and affordable relief for chapped lips can be as simple as changing your habits and reaching for the right home remedy.
“There are several different things that can cause chapped lips,” says dermatologist Clay J. Cockerell, MD, medical director of Dermpath Diagnostics in Dallas. “Most of the time it’s just caused by dryness.” The outdoor elements, such as wind, are a prime culprit.
Occasionally there are more serious causes for persistent chapped lips, including:
Sun damage to the lips that has become a precancerous condition
Inflammatory skin disease