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    For about the past year, my lips have consistently been either really dry, chapped, or peeling. This has been happening when its cold and when its warm. I usually go through a weekly or semi-weekly cycle where my lips get dry, then get puffed up, then start to get a firm texture (not soft or supple at all) and then starts to peel. Once most of it is peeled off, my lips are soft for about a day but then the cycle starts again.

    I have tried Vaseline, Chapstick, Burt Bees, and Blistex to no avail. All of these make my lips soft for no longer than an hour, then my lips become puffy and require another application of lip balm. Last month I purchased Aquaphor healing ointment from Amazon. It worked perfectly the first few times I applied it, but it has become less effective since.

    I have searched some of the threads on dry lips. I don't think dehydration is a problem for me; I drink only water. I saw in some threads that ingesting coconut oil helps. I have never done so, but I do apply coconut oil on my face every night. I tried applying it on my lips but that only puffed up my lips once I woke up.

    Everything I've tried has failed, and this has been a problem for me for at least a year. I'd prefer to find a long-term solution rather than some miracle cream, but I'm desperate for any kind of solution at this point.
    Yes, the real Dirk.

  • #2
    this is all stupid, what you have tried.

    if they are dry, lick them. do this as often as is necessary. this is how animals would do it, if they had to worry about chapped lips.

    and dirk is the man.

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    • #3
      Buy yourself one of those new EOS egg shaped lip balms. They contain some natural oils along with the moisturizers so they form a semi-permanent barrier that lasts until you accidentally lick it off. Licking your lips will just accelerate evaporation and dry your lips out faster in the Winter weather.
      -Transform!

      Groktimus Primal's Experience

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      • #4
        I know that licking the lips will not help. I've never heard of EOS lip balm, but it sounds like it works. Might have to order off Amazon
        Yes, the real Dirk.

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        • #5
          I've suffered from the same thing since I was a kid. The only time in my life that my lips were almost 100% normal was when I conceived my first kid 7 years ago. Then after her birth my lips got worse again.

          I've searched online many times over the years for a solution. Some people hypothesize that it's virus. Others say it happens in mouth breathers (which I happen to be due to allergies which cleared up during my pregnancy and never came back).

          The only thing that gives me any sort of relief is 100% pure lanolin applied nightly.

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          • #6
            Originally posted by dado View Post
            this is all stupid, what you have tried.

            if they are dry, lick them. do this as often as is necessary. this is how animals would do it, if they had to worry about chapped lips.

            and dirk is the man.
            the enzymes in saliva will make lips drier, so unless you lick every 30 seconds it won't help

            my lips stopped chapping when i was drinking about a gallon of fluid a day. if your problem is just a matter of dehydration, the EOS balm or Lip Vitamins (can get cheap from Sally Beauty) are both very moisturizing without being sticky or feeling like a ton of goop on your face
            beautiful
            yeah you are

            Baby if you time travel back far enough you can avoid that work because the dust won't be there. You're too pretty to be working that hard.
            lol

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            • #7
              i'm gonna look for that EOS stuff. I have the same kind of problem. seems like it got much worse after they got burnt (stealthily) in the winter desert sun. On the last day out there, i woke up with a swollen lip, it was so swollen i could almost see it beneath my nose! It was painful. A friend suggested lysine. So i took it all the way home and by about 5 hrs later it had reduced. I thought it was going to burst!

              i use a lip balm with sunscreen & lysine in it but it doesn't seem to be a 100% cure for the part that seems prone to the sunburn/swelling.

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              • #8
                coconut oil helps and drink water. Is it just your lips or is your skin dry too?

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                • #9
                  I drink water with every meal and usually have 2-3 other cups spread throughout the day. I really don't think drinking enough water has anything to do with it. My skin is fine for the most part, its really just my lips.
                  Yes, the real Dirk.

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by Linny View Post

                    The only thing that gives me any sort of relief is 100% pure lanolin applied nightly.
                    Really? I remember reading somewhere that lanolin is the ingredient in lip balm that causes the lips to eventually dry out and require numerous re-applications.
                    Yes, the real Dirk.

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                    • #11
                      I've used the eos stuff and didn't care for it much. I used to get dry lips and hands before i upped my oil intake. I take coconut oil and cod liver oil daily. Externally, I like neutrogena Norwegian formula. You can use it on your skin or lips. I applied it every night before bed and then in morning. I don't know how natural it is but it worked great.

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                      • #12
                        Okay, this might sound weird but I suffered from the same thing my entire life...that was until I had my bite fixed.
                        The bone that the front teeth sit under might not be genetically where it's supposed to be (malocclusion type II) and will shove the lips (both upper and lower) into a position that they weren't genetically meant to be. I know this sounds far fetched....but ever since my bite has been fixed, my lips are in a different position (and so is my tongue and lower jaw) and I no longer suffer from puffy, dried up, peeling, followed by a day of raw lips. If your bite isnt in its correct place, you move your lower jaw constantly, and so do the lips. You end up constantly, all day long moving your lips around without noticing, even wetting your lips which makes matters worse...even if you're not a mouth breather, but it's much worse for them.

                        I have upped my fat intake through the primal diet and that's helped a LOT...but for the most part, the position of the bite and lips stopped this insane cycle.

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                        • #13
                          "I have tried Vaseline, Chapstick, Burt Bees, and Blistex to no avail"

                          Well here is your problem. The less you use it the less you'll need it. I'm serious.

                          If you really have to do something, try jojoba oil. It's a little smoother on the lips than coconut oil.

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                          • #14
                            I notice that my lips remain chapped if use lip balm, but whenever I stop, my lips get used to being lip balm free in a matter of a couple of days.

                            I know your problem is probably worse than a Chapstick addiction but just thought I'd throw that out there.

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                            • #15
                              Hey man, sounds like exfoliative cheilitis. I had that for about 7 years, drove me crazy. They would peal on a 3-5 day cycle, get all mushy and white when drinking water, crack, peel, be nice for half a day then start all over....yikes, forgot how bad that is. There are whole forums dedicated just to curing it, but not many people have success.

                              I'd say moisturize with coconut oil, or olive oil, it will soothe them, but not cure it. You want as little touching them as possible, so keep it simple and don't use lip chap, definately don't lick them, and no you're not dehydrated. It's an internal problem. Anyone I saw on forums cured it through reduced stress, exercise, good diet(which is a debatable topic). For me it took a year of not eating gluten, eggs, dairy, and some other food intolerances before it went away. Have you been primal long? It would probably help, or something close to it.

                              2 more things to try: try acupuncture, your body is probably out of balance, your lips are an external sign of this. Second, have you heard of niacin (aka vitamin B3)? It's a vitamin which when taken at higher doses has all sorts of miracle healing effects. I found taking that helped a lot. About 400-800mg a day. Look up niacin flush before you try it so you know what to expect. It will turn your skin red for a bit, depending how big the dose is. They have tried people on thousands of grams a day and they were fine, so 4-800 is safe. I found it immediately reduced my anxiety and lip condition. Problem is, when your not taking it the stuff often comes back again, which is why i'd say acupuncture, exercise, diet, reduced stress are most important. Niacin is quite amazing though, schizophrenia was also greatly reduced with it. I think it essentially opens up capilaries so that blood can circulate and flush, and nourish places in your body it wouldn't normally be bale to in certain peoples conditions, and in TCM terms I think it helps qi flow through the body. And no gluten is important!

                              Good luck. I know it's hard to deal with, I though I might never heal, but lips are fine now, and this was back when I was only eating meat 1-4 time s a month, mostly vegetarian and grain/veg based diet. So I think a PB like diet and all the above should help lots.

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