Red, Chapped Irritated Skin Around My Mouth

Calm irritated skin around your mouth with petroleum jelly.

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Dry lips can make you look like you’re wearing red lipstick even when you’re not. Red, chapped, irritated skin around your mouth can look like you really went to town with the lip color. The whole situation is enough to make a girl pull her hair out in frustration. It’s not your hair’s fault, so leave it alone. Once you understand why these skin problems happen, solving the beauty dilemma that it creates is a breeze.

Combination Skin

Your skin type plays a significant role in whether redness and chapping are something that you experience. While such vexing problems may not occur on a frequent basis for someone with normal or oily skin, if yours is dry, you and Mr. irritation are probably well acquainted. The same holds true for combination skin. Even though your skin may be oily in the T-zone, the skin around your cheeks and mouth can still be dry.

Colds and the Winter Chill

The wind is whipping, the air is biting and the skin around your mouth is really taking a beating. This scenario alone is enough to cause chapped, red skin around your mouth. Couple this with the common cold and you have a recipe for skin disaster. Constantly rubbing a tissue under your nose to catch the sinus drip can leave the skin above your mouth extremely irritated. If you are continuously licking your lips because the skin around your mouth feels dry, you’re really asking for trouble.

Angular Cheilitis

If your chapped skin takes a turn for the worse, maybe its angular cheilitis. What’s that? Well actually, it’s the technical name for cracked skin inside the corners of the mouth. This painful condition can occur for a variety of reasons including yeast and staff infections, vitamin B deficiency and even an allergic reaction to your latest lip shine. Sometimes the cracks around your mouth are simply a consequence of neglecting your red, chapped and irritated skin.

What Helps?

As soon as you feel the burning, stinging and tightness associated with red, chapped and irritated skin, instead of running to the cosmetic counter for an overpriced emulsion, reach for petroleum jelly. It may feel a bit gross, but it coats your skin with a layer of protection that promotes healing. Hydrocortisone cream is also a good choice for chapped and irritated skin -- just a thin layer two to three times a day should do it. If the condition does not improve within a week, or if it gets even worse, hightail if over to your doctor.

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