DR Rob Hicks

Q. “My lips have become a lot drier as I’ve got older. I’ve been prescribed Fucidin cream but it isn’t working. Is there anything else I should try, as I can’t wear lipstick at the moment, they’re too sore.”

Rob HicksDr Rob Hicks, Spring Chicken GP tells us:

Consider using a protective lip balm that contains beeswax or petroleum as this provides a barrier to external factors and also helps to lock in moisture in and around the lips. Make sure you drink enough liquid to keep hydrated.

Resist the temptation to pick off bits of dry skin as this makes things worse. Also, don’t fall into the trap of licking the skin to moisturise it, or using the tongue to ‘check the lips’ as this too makes it worse not better.

If you are taking any medication check the information leaflet to see if dry lips is a possible side effect. If it is, ask your doctor about a suitable alternative medicine.

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