Do you ever look in the mirror, only to be greeted by a pair of blackened, cracked lips staring back at you? It's not just an unflattering sight - it can also be extremely uncomfortable. Thankfully, lip maintenance is not rocket science! Here's everything you need to know about why your lips are going through such a rough patch.
The Symptoms: Cracks and Darkening of Lips
Before we delve into what causes dark and dry lips (known as chapped lips!), let's first take a look at some common symptoms that come with this condition:
- Dark discoloration on the lips
- Flakey/tight sensation near edges or corners of mouth
- Thin layers of peeling skin
If these sound familiar to you, don't fret - many people experience chapped/darkened lip struggles quite often!
Now that we've got those out there (the correct medical term being 'listed'), let's figure out what might be causing them.
Dehydration: A Major Culprit?
The most common cause of these symptoms is dehydration; When our bodies lack enough fluids (water), various body parts tend to lose moisture; for example our tongue may feel tasteless (basically life sucks) and hair/frizz becomes brittle/rough. In the same way, dehydrated/ cracked & darkened lips make their entrance too.
While drinking water regularly is advised (you'll become unstoppable if nothing else) as a preventive measure for hydrated lives/skin/lips etc., other aspects of our life affect hydration too-- weather change (it isn’t summer anymore after all!), over consumption/or limited intake alcohol/coffee and even certain meds like antihistamines---can all bring us closer losing precious bodily fluid ughh!
So folks’ --drink up! But, that’s not all- there are many other conditions contributing to our lip troubles.
Lifestyle Habits: Smoking and Sunlight
Yes - this may come as a shock but Dehydration isn’t the only cause here.
We all love having fun in the sun –(and no we’re not talking about sunscreen)-- but too much outdoor time is also one of the reasons why your lips could be drying/turning black. Prolonged exposure to sunlight (UV rays) and wind make the skin on your lips dry/intensely susceptible, which ends up stripping them off (their usual healthy pink color 🙁) Moreover; environmental pollution/dust doesn’t help with healing progress.
In addition, It’s tough but smoking harms more than just lungs/life! Smoking affects oral hygiene way more than almost any smoker would think. By inhaling during smoking sessions, smokers unknowingly invite harmful chemicals into their systems which lead to darkening/cracking phenomena on their lips (so not worth it guys!).
Now don't get me wrong -- I'm I'm fully aware-of how hard getting rid of these habits can really be–– afterall Slow and steady wins the race!---but keep in mind--quitting either or both automatically alleviates your chapped-lip-crisis like nothing else ever will 🙂
You might have guessed by now that dehydration/sun damage aren't always culprits when it comes too-dry/lackluster/darkened-pouters… sometimes health conditions can play a role too!!
Some common medical issues responsible for chipping away from regular pigmentation includes iron-deficiency anemia 😖 …..in this condition inadequate red blood cells form due lack of iron within body---which leads too paleness/discoloration-especially around various corners/parts face/mouth. Similarly Vitamin deficiency such as Vit B2/B12/C affect the growth & formation of cells in our body, these can contribute to darker/enhanced pigmentation.
Then there’s cheilitis (Dun dun DUNN); This fancy term is just a broad way of categorizing inflammation (or even bacterial/yeast infection) happening on the lip area ☹ which can quickly change lip's color or texture.
There are many other health issue that could be at play here like autoimmune diseases or even skin cancer! To pinpoint exact issues consult dermatologist immediately.
Now that we’ve figured out some possible causes for dark / dry lips, here are some tips and tricks too keep them looking happy and healthy:
Keep yourself hydrated throughout the day ---drink no less than 8 cups--- reapply your chapstick as often as you need it((like Oprah has stated time-and-time again----LIP BALM…YOU GET LIP BALMS))))).
Lip Balms shall never die – AND --- must always remain closest weekend companion.
Limit sun exposure
If going to stay outdoors- best invests in lip balm/sunscreen with an SPF-rating for ultimate protection from those UV-baddies.
For the much needed indoor sun-protection ---- Covering up with masks/shawls also helps.
Lips care products
When purchasing any product either cosmetics/moisturizures make sure they don’t contain ingredients that cause skin irritation.
For maximum healing effects try choosing organic/natural-based balms/lipsticks/ creams/(you won't regret being Earth-friendly 🙂 ).
Be extra cautious about using expired/damaged/cracked chap sticks/products—(they may lead to sudden rash breakouts around mouth).
So now you're aware what might be putting your precious pouty friends through harsh times! We covered everything from dehydration, environmental factors and lifestyle choices taking part in dehydrating lips, too a lot of health issues causing them to dry out.
It’s always helpful following basic lip-care tips which will assure healthy looking lips((they’re key...pink little keys)). If your symptoms are very severe always go see a dermatologist immediately—you should never hesitate when it comes outtakes care beauty and health.
Remember that more than ever----taking adequate care of our bodies/minds while avoiding toxic practices/internalizing positivity is crucial toward achieving ultimate well-being––and- ya lucky ducks---you get some really nice looking Lips on top!!
Cheers to healthier double-lips everyone-- have at ‘em!!