How to Cure Chapped Lips: Do These 15 Simple Things

Untreated chapped lips may be posed as cracking, peeling, scaly or itching. Even, the chronic chapped lips may be a major threat. So, treat your dry lips as early as possible.

Updated: September 26, 2019
How to Cure Chapped Lips

There are many reasons for your chapped lips. The dry, harsh or cold air of winter is the main reason. But, anything, anytime can cause your lips chapped, sore or dry if you don’t take care of your lips in right time.

If you don’t take the steps to prevent your lips from chapping or drying in winter, you may pay a lot to treat your painful, cracked sore lips. I described here some products, tips, and guidelines. Follow them and you can cure your chapped lips.

How to Cure Chapped Lips: use some home remedies, use lip balm, protect lips from harsh elements, etc.

Usually, lips are always exposed to all weather, have no oil glands to produce natural moisturizer and a load of continuous lipstick. So, the lips easily get attracted by the rude elements and get chapped.

Yet, it does not matter if you stick to a good lip care routine in winter.

Well, take a look at how to cure chapped lips.

1. Lip Balm

To cure chapped lips, your first product should be a natural lip balm. Close to a balm always, whether you are at home or outside. Dab the balm very often. It keeps the lips hydrated and nourished in full hours.

At night before sleeping, apply your favorite balm on your lips thickly. It will save the lips from drying.

Do you know when you sleep your lips become chapped more?

How to Cure Chapped Lips
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At morning after brushing your teeth and washing your face, just dab morning stroke. I personally rub my lips softly after brushing my teeth. It removes dry, chapped or dead lip skin, as the balm weakens the cells during the night. It unlocks the fresh and newer skin cells. Then, wash my face and apply the balm. If I don’t use the creamy cleanser, I leave some balm on my lips so that the cleanser cannot harm my lips.

It is better, in winter or your skin is always dry prone, to use a moisturizing or oil-based cleanser.

After coating your lips with balm, wear lipstick, lip gloss or makeup. It protects the skin all day long. Of course, there are available moisturizing lipsticks for chapped lips. You can buy them.

In buying the hydrating lipstick, check out the moisturizing ingredients. If the elements are natural, oily or creamy based, then buy them. Artificial dyes, fragrances, chemicals or harsh elements are riskier for chapped lips.


Take a balm or ointment in your purse or pocket. Before eating or drinking, apply one touch. It prevents the harshness of the foods or drinks to the lips.

In buying a lip balm, cream or ointment, check out the natural ingredients, such as- Shea Butter, Coconut Oil, Beeswax, Olive Oil, Castor Seed, Soybean Oil, Vitamin E, Aloe Vera, and so on. Fragrance-free or natural fragrance based balm is friendly to chapped lips.

When the general lip balm cannot cure your chapped lips, you should try Truelips Ceramide Lip Balm. Sometimes, the harsh weather or elements break down the natural protection of lips that cannot be gained by general lip balm. Ceramides work nicely to rebuild the moisturizing level and protect the lips from chapping.

[ Check Also: 10 best lip balms for dry chapped lips ]

2. Protect Lips from Outside Cold Weather

Your all organs of the body are covered with nice warm clothing. But, what mistake your fellow lips did that they are always exposed to the cold air?

The lips are very thin and more sensitive to damage from cruel elements.

Dress up around your face with a ski mask or a warm scarf. It prohibits the dropping temperature to the face and lips. Be sure, you are wearing sunscreen rich lip balm. The SPF products don’t recognize the sun, wind or snow/sea burn, and safeguard the lips.

3. Hydrate Your Skin

Not only the outdoor factors cause your lips chapped, but also the inside factors can be liable for cracked sore lips. Dehydration may be also seen in winter if you don’t drink much water for your health and skin need. Ensure you are taking lots of water, even it is very cold. Water increases skin glowing inside.

Fluids are also hydrating. You can take lots of fluid foods. Stay away from caffeine, hot foods, smoking, alcohol, etc. because these are also dehydrated items.

4. Use Humidifier in Indoors

Can you notice that the room heater or fireplace is drying the inside air drier? The inside dry air is more harmful than that of the outside. It is very tempting to sleep beside a fireplace when it is winter or cold days. So, who cares avoiding it?


How: switch on your humidifier while you are staying indoors, office or room. It makes the air moist helpful for skin moisturizing. Don’t fix up the humidifier temperature more than 50%. 30-40% mode is best skin-friendly in winter.

I recommend: MistAire Ultrasonic Cool Mist Humidifier

5. Avoid Licking Lips

Licking lips in cold days is very craving. But, the tongue contains saliva, one kind of enzyme. It dries out the lips more by splitting the skin. Stop it right now, instead of close to a lip balm all time. Applying it, again and again, prevents the tendency of licking lips.

6. Avoid Biting or Peeling Dry Skin

When the lips are more chapped, flaky skin is noticed. We have a bad practice to peel, pick or bite that skin. It won’t cure the chapped lips, rather it may cause bleeding from your lips that are more painful. Quit this malpractice. And leave some balm on your lips always.

7. Don’t Scrub Your Dry Lips

It is right, exfoliating get rid of the dead, flaky or dry cells of the skin. But, when your lips are chapped or dry, YOU CANNOT EXFOLIATE YOUR LIPS. Scrubbing dry lips cause the lips more chapping or cracked because scrubbing products may contain chemicals or abusive stuff, like salicylic acid.

I personally leave some pure honey or Vaseline on my lips at night. After getting up, I just simply pat the lips and the dry skin cells get out easily.

Or you can use honey and sugar mixer to exfoliate lips naturally. Yet, don’t use the scrubbing products.

8. Stay Away from Some Ingredients

Don’t use all the products randomly. It is always better to change the lip cosmetics, products or ingredients with the onset of cold months. Dispose all your summer or harsh products to the dumping station. Buy only moisturizing, creamy or oily products that can care your lips perfectly in the chilly winter season.

Don’t use the cosmetics or lipsticks having eucalyptus, menthol, and camphor. It can irritate your lips. Switch to natural hydrating or petroleum jelly based items.

Be less dependent on artificial products to take care of your dry lips.

9. Don’t Eat Citrus, Hot or Spicy Foods

Spicy or hot foods, like hot wings, are very craving. But, eating them more and more can harm your lips more, as they are dehydrating, irritative, itchy and touchable frequently by the tongue.

Citrus fruits are also irritating to the lips when they are chapped or scaly. Don’t eat an orange, grape or any salty fruits or foods when your lips are very dry or cracked.

10. Avoid Gum, Processed Snacks or Cigarette

These items don’t contain any hydrating or skin friendly components. Normally it is better to not consume them. When it is your lips are dry, no doubt; consuming those are more itching for your lips? Besides, these are made with chemicals too.

11. Home Remedies, Best Friends for Chapped Lips

How to Cure Chapped Lips
Aloe Vera soothes dry lips fast.

Most of the time, we neglect the home remedies to cure chapped lips. But, home remedies are most hydrating, moisturizing, and natural. If you know what and how to use, it can save your lots of money. See below a list of home remedies for chapped lips:

  • Aloe Vera
  • Honey
  • Cocoa or Shea butter
  • Castor Oil
  • Petroleum Jelly
  • Coconut oil
  • Sugar
  • Rose Petals
  • Almond oil
  • Jojoba oil
  • Rosehip oil
  • Olive oil
  • Cucumber
  • Milk Cream

[ Read in Detail how to use home remedies to cure chapped lips ]

12. If Nothing Cure, Use Hydrocortisone Cream

While no remedies healing your severely chapped lips, you should use a hydrocortisone cream. Use it several times a day. It will refresh and repair your lips in a week by removing the itchiness. Apply this cream at night before sleeping. It works best at night.

Or you can use Aquaphor Healing Ointment for cracked lips.

13. Chapped Lips Maybe from Medications

Your chapped lips may be the symptoms of your medications and its side effects. Such as- medications used in high blood pressure may dry out lips. When your lips are chronically chapped, it is not abnormal for medications. So, call your doctor and examine why you have chronic dry lips.

14. Change Your Toothpaste and Other Lip Products

You may face chapped lips, irritative lip corners, mouth sores or ulcers from the toothpaste having artificial elements, like fluoride or sodium lauryl sulfate.

If your lipstick or lip gloss contains allergic ingredients, chemicals, or other sluggish kits; your lips can be reacted with these elements.

Therefore, before buying them, see the product level first. The organic or natural cosmetics always welcome your lips.

15. Take Healthy Diets

There are some vitamins, like A, B, C, B2 and E that are very helpful for growing healthy skin and lips. Ensure the diets with full of vitamins. Or you can take multivitamin supplements.


If the above treatments could not cure your chapped lips, it might be the yeast infections, allergic reactions, pre-cancer (cheilitis). So, don’t delay to take your doctor’s appointment.

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