Home Remedies to Cure Red Burning Itchy Lips
Dry, red, burning, itchy lips can be very uncomfortable most especially when they occur frequently and recur often. Itchy or scaly lips, dryness, swelling, redness, and even bleeding are symptoms of unhealthy lips.
Causes of Chapped Lips
Dry, red, burning, itchy lips are often caused by one or more several factors, such as:
- Allergic reaction to environmental pollutants, and changes in weather and climate conditions;
- Allergic reaction to food and chemicals, including ingredients found in cosmetic products, and toothpaste;
- Allergic reaction or side effect to medications or treatment;
- Excessive sun exposure and wind;
- Habitual licking and biting of lips; and,
Beyond the discomfort that accompanies dry lips, sore lips can be very painful and may signal more serious health problems, including dehydration, and vitamin and mineral deficiencies, most especially low levels of Vitamin B, iron, and essential fatty acids like Omega-3. Colds, flu, and fever may also cause lips to dry up and become swollen.
Cosmetic lip moisturizers can help soothe cracked lips but, when the ingredients of which are high on chemicals, it may only aggravate sore lips, and may even infect lips, most especially if lips become cracked and wounded. Organic, all-natural lip moisturizers may be best to support healing of dry, itchy lips but, to maximize the lip-healing goodness of natural products, it is best to get the real thing and apply the freshly prepared mixture directly on your lips.
Top 10 Homemade Remedies and Practical Tips to Treat Red, Burning, Itchy Lips
- Apply coconut oil. Have you been wondering why Southeast Asians maintain soft, supple lips despite the unforgiving heat? Coconut oil is used for just about any moisturizing requirement for their hair, skin, and yes, including their lips! Coconut oil is a rich source of Vitamin E in the form of what are known as tocotrienols which have almost double the moisturizing effect of alpha-tocopherol, the form of Vitamin E often found in chemically prepared lip and skin moisturizing products. The fats found in coconut oil also easily penetrate skin on lips so it can do its moisturizing wonders way deep into your lips.
- Apply honey. Honey is a powerful natural humectant. It holds moisture and locks it in to keep lips moist and well protected from dryness. Honey also has modest antibacterial properties that help protect lips, most especially when cracked and bleeding, from infection.
- Apply aloe vera. You know that aloe vera is great for getting shiny hair but, did you know that aloe vera is also great to heal dry, chapped lips? If you have an aloe vera plant, simply take one leaf and split it lengthwise. Collect the sap and apply directly on your lips. If you some flavor and great smell is desired, add aloe to honey then, seal in the moisturizing goodness in a clean jar.
- Sleep with a mixture of rose oil or almond oil. These essential oils can go a long way to keep your lips soft and supple. Make sure you use only cosmetic grade essential oils. Make this your nightly lip regimen to see significant improvement in lip moisture that can withstand even sudden and extreme weather changes.
- Exfoliate lips with sugar. Simply get a spoonful or two of sugar. Rub on lips and massage gently for about five to ten minutes. This home remedies gently but effectively exfoliates your lips, promoting the surfacing of newer, younger skin.
- Brush your lips. Tongue brushes made especially for babies are the best type of brush to use in exfoliating your lips. You may apply honey before brushing. Brush gently.
- Eat a healthy diet consisting of a variety of fresh fruits and green, leafy vegetables. Lip dryness, as mentioned above, can be caused by nutrient deficiency. Help yourself to more servings of fresh fruits and green, leafy vegetables to make sure you’re getting sufficient amount of vitamins, minerals, and trace elements to get your body, including your skin, in tip-top shape. Stay away from salty foods which can cause skin and lips to dry.
- Minimize sun and wind exposure. Sun and wind can cause chapped lips. Whenever you can, avoid unnecessary sun exposure. Wear lip balm infused with sunscreen whenever you can’t help it, and use a broad-brimmed hat for extra cover. Traveling to coastal areas where wind is hot and weather is dry and humid can also cause wind burn. Apply lip balm or homemade lip moisturizers as often as you can whenever you travel to such areas.
- Be mindful of the ingredients that go into your cosmetic products. If you have a history of skin hypersensitivity or allergic reactions, stay away from cosmetic products that are chemically prepared, and try to keep your cosmetics all-natural and organic. Always check the labels, and take note of how long you’ve had your lipstick with you. Dispose any cosmetic product that have not been used up for three months since the first time you opened it.
- Don’t smoke. There are thousands of chemicals in tobacco smoke that are not only bad for dry, irritated lips but are detrimental to your health per se. If you’re serious about improving the way your lips look, it may be time to get serious about quitting smoking. If your health isn’t reason enough, perhaps vanity can finally get you to stop lighting that next stick.
For an ultimate lip moisturization and yummy goodness, mix one part of coconut oil with one part of honey. Transfer to a clean container and let it stand for a few hours. Apply liberally on lips.
Sometimes, the best solutions to vanity problems are not the so-called “breakthrough” products and not necessarily the newest chemically prepared solution available in your beauty shop. In many cases, too, it’s not the price of the product that makes a difference rather, what’s in it. In many cases, all you really need is not another trip to the mall but, a closer look at what you have at home. Many times, the most effective beauty regimen requires you to take an honest look at your lifestyle, and the will to make significant positive changes.