Chapped lips

Alternative names
Lips - chapped and dry

Here are some recommendations for preventing chapped lips:

  • Avoid going out in dry, cold weather without putting on lip balm or lipstick.  
  • Try to keep the air in your home humid.  
  • Use a sunscreen on your lips when outside in sunny weather.  
  • Avoid excessive sun exposure.

Some recommendations for soothing chapped and sore lips:

  • Treat chapped lips with beeswax and phenol (such as Carmex).  
  • Drink additional fluids in winter months.


Johns Hopkins patient information

Last revised: December 3, 2012
by Martin A. Harms, M.D.

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