Dry Lips Care Shocker: Avoid Lip Balms!
Chapped, peeling lips are a cold-weather woe.
However, doctors caution that lip balms could make the condition
worse, resulting in an uncommon but difficult-to-treat condition called
Oral pathologist Brad Rodu, D.D.S., cautions that lip balms and
lip licking may create a crust that traps bacteria or fungus. People
pick at their irritated, peeling lips and become dependent on balms or
"The body becomes involved in a feedback loop of inflammation
and healing that is extremely difficult to break. Antifungal and
antibacterial ointments sometimes help, but patients may be required to
quit using balm or jellies as well as refrain from licking and biting
the lips for several weeks. Dry lips also may be a side effect of acne
and some other medications."