I used to have dry, cracked peeling lips constantly. I tried all kinds of moisturizers but nothing ever helped. And I always had huge chunks of skin peeling off my lips.
In my case, the cause was simple although overlooked by everyone for years: mouth breathing.
I habitually breathes through mouth rather than my nose, which dried out my lips. The dry lips would bother me (hard patches, cracking, peeling skin) so I'd lick them and bite them.... Making them more inflamed and more prone to cracking and peeling.... It was a vicious cycle.
For the past six months, I have made a concerted effort to breathe through my nose - basically retraining myself to break the mouth breathing habit. My lips are clear for the first time in my memory! It is great! I don't need lip balm or anything. They're nice and soft.
Maybe ask yourself if you're a mouth breather. If you catch yourself mouth breathing, try to breathe through your nose instead (all day, even at night) and see if it helps. (When I was getting used to nose breathing, I'd sleep on my side and kind if hook my chin over the edge of the pillow to help keep my mouth closed while I slept).
Ollie's MomMember Since 12 Jul 2011
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