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10 Tips for Battling Dry Lips

When All Else Fails, See a Doctor

If you can't seem to cure your cracked kisser, it wouldn't hurt to pay a visit to your primary doctor, dermatologist or dentist to help figure out the cause of that chronic chapping.

Your doctor will look at many possibilities, and narrowing down the cause may require testing you for allergies, including those to metals, dyes and other common skin and lip care ingredients. There could be tests for vitamin deficiencies. Your doctor will also be able to diagnose any underlying problems that may be causing or contributing to dry lips or lip irritation, such as precancerous conditions, thyroid disease or an autoimmune disorder or medicines that may cause dryness as a side effect.