Causes of Cracked Lips

The causes of cracked lips is normally due to the owner having had dry or chapped lips for a period of time and then licking their lips which dries them out even faster and they eventually get to the point where the lips split causing an open sore. This sore is susceptible to many problems like infections and possibly encourage other problems like herpes. Having a split lip can be painful also especially if the wrong foods are encountered, like salty foods, spicy (especially chilli peppers) and acidic foods like lemon and limes. Therefore it would be helpful to know how to heal your lips to stop any further problems or pain occurring.

Below is a list medical conditions and factors known to cause dry and cracked lips. There are other reasons why you could have dry, chapped  or split lips so if you are concerned  you should contact you Doctor. One should bear in mind their environmental situation and if you have chapped lips, then application of a lip balm is a good start to help protect the lips from harsh winds, dry air and sun.

  • Dry lips
  • Cold weather
  • Wind exposure
  • Licking your lips too often/ Frequent licking of lips
  • Lipstick or Lipgloss allergic reaction
  • Sore on lip
  • Sun damage
  • Dehydration
  • Vitamin A deficiency
  • Vitamin B deficiency
  • Vitamin B2 deficiency (Riboflavin)
  • Vitamin C deficiency
  • Iron deficiency anemia
  • Hypochromic microcytic anemia
  • Kawasaki disease
  • Diabetes
  • Macrocytosis
  • Sjogren’s syndrome

Cracked LipsIf you have cracked and split lips due to environmental conditions (such as it being winter, cold and windy or very sunny) then you could probably help combat the problem with the application of a good lip balm. There are many pages on this site about various lip balms, what is the best lip balm for you. If you have cracked lips because they are dry then you could follow the diet plan we have devised which should help. If you think your sore lips are due to medical reasons then it is probably best to speak to a medical professional to get further help with the problem. Just remember you don’t have to live with it, there is always a way to find out how to heal your lips.