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Do I Have Chapped Lips or Eczema?

My backstory....

After two consistent years of searching for the right product for my "Chapped lips", I finally called it quits and decided going back to the doctors was my best bet. Having gone to the doctors office so many times and receiving useless steroid creams over and over made it all seemed like a waste of time. I was constantly told, “Just use Vaseline for your lips”. Since my lips didn’t look as bad as my hand or body they assumed I was there to get another steroid cream for my body. Which I insisted was the case, but they disregarded. But this chapped lips problem I was having was really eczema and it was starting to interfere immensely with my life. I’ve had eczema on my body and hands all of my life but it never occurred to me that it could appear on my lips. I even thought I had herpes at one point. I was foolish to neglect any outside help and I wish I had given the doctors more time and chance because if I knew that in the end it would all work out the way it did, my last two years would’ve been at peace.

Trying to find that product

After long nights of reading online forums I was convinced that all I had your ordinary rough and dried lips. I read them for months trying to find some magical Chapstick to cure me from this curse. Throughout the two years it was an on going process, buying a new product, applying it to find a short term relief. I've literally tried over 50 different product names and some did give the short term relief I sought out for. In the end that short term relief made me believe I had to keep searching for that “Right Chapstick”. As soon as I found something to last me momentarily it was an amazing find. The problem was however, in 20 or so minutes I would need to reapply it. It became a horrific routine. The days I left my house and forgot my Chapstick at home was devastation to say the lease. I had insecurity in myself and had to constantly check my pockets to make sure it was still there. But by the end in a month or so my lips became prone to the product and I was once again looking for that "Right product". I thought if the doctors couldn't help me I had to take this into my own hands.

The problems

Something went wrong however. After a few tries I couldn't find anything that would suit my lips anymore. I went to Whole Foods and bought 30 bucks worth of chap sticks and lip moisturizers and none did any justice. I couldn't get to sleep at night. My lips would give a disgusting ooze and in the morning I'd wake up to insanely crusty lips. I couldn’t bare to look at my lips. After washing it off every morning it would just instantly dry back up. I spent my nights doing more research but nothing. It got to the desperate point where I’d wet a napkin and leave it over my lips for the night while I slept. Still no good....

The Old Solution

College was starting soon and I didn't want this to interfere with the school work load and my social life. I did it, I scheduled another appointment and to my luck after telling them the situation I was in there by the next day. The doctor looked at my lips as usual and I thought I had wasted my time here once again. She prescribed me “Triamcinolone Acetonide” the cream version. Having already using that on my body and it not working because it wasn't strong enough, my hopes were down once again. But she explained me to that I've never been given the cream version and it should clear up the mess. The routine was twice a day and to give up Chapstick as a whole.

The Outcome 

I followed her instructions and applied it twice a day for two weeks. And it was, a miracle. All the problems were gone. The pain and burden disappeared. After two long and hard years, everything changed. My lips did look a little darker than usual but non the less it was cured. Its been two months and I haven't touched a single Chapstick brand. My life still has stress but I'm happy to say my lips aren't apart of it. I also don't have any problems kissing the ladies now either ha. So its been two months and I decided to document the last two years hoping someone with the same problem I've had will read this and get the same results after seeing the doctors again. Good luck!

(As a side note, be careful of the products you use, especially mouthwash and toothpaste in this case.) 

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FNBL on June 13, 2014:

Evening Primrose Oil! God answered my prayers & helped me find a person at Vitamin World who suggested I not only take it internally (I use Trader Joe's brand), but to stick a capsule with a safety pin & apply it directly to my lips. I then seal it in with vaseline, and continue to reaply every time I need it. After a day or two I knew it was finally working, thank God, and full healing after a week. It is a miracle, and I need it, as I am caregiving my Mom who is dying right now. I can't go off it or it recurs, but no problem, my lips are so good now, only need to reapply a few times a day, yay! Just had to share it with ya"ll.

messanessa on April 07, 2014:

Ive had the same problem with my lips and arms. I use Euccerin Aquaphor and it really helps with the dryness.

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McKenZee on December 06, 2013:

I use the same cream. its amazing. I didn't know I could use it on my lips though. I just used it around my lips.

Stephanie on November 09, 2013:

I grew up with eczema on my arms and just recently on my fingers. For the past almost two years my lips have been super itchy. At first I just tried vaseline and that gave me some temporary relief but recently it's been worse than ever. My upper lip is completely red and rough looking. This post is so helpful! I can't wait to book an appt. at the doctor to get this fixed it really is such a burden having to constantly apply and reapply all day long. Thanks again!

Joey on September 23, 2013:

I have this problem with my lips for over 6 years, I have been to the doctor numerous times, got antifungal cream, bacteria creams, I was put on antibiotics for 2 months, I have went and got blood tests done all with no joy. I have realised over the past few months that any time my eczema flairs up around my face my lips too will get sore. I am going to give your solution a go and will get back.

Andrea on September 16, 2012:

In the last couple years I've started to have more frequent eczema breakouts. The last time I had it on my lips it lasted for a few months, and yes it was horrible. The product that I swore by during that period was CVS brand chapstick with pain killer. While it didn't heal my lips, while I had it on my discomfort was completely gone, and my lips even looked normal, however if I didn't apply it every few hours I was back to feeling miserable. Now that the lip eczema is back though, after only a break of about 6 months, I think it's time I found a more permanent solution to this problem.

Ryn on September 10, 2012:

I just started having this a week ago. :(

Shauna on August 20, 2012:

Thanks.. I have eventually accepted I have permanent dry chapped lips.I even stopped wearing a lipstick. thanks for this..Another homemade relief remedy for any skin prob is mixing equal quantity of rose water+glycerine awesome

Luisa Rayos from Texas on August 10, 2012:

Can you buy that cream anywhere? Or your doctor has to prescribe it? And is it the same as Aristocort?

Me on July 25, 2012:

Is this also know as aristocort, in a gold tube?

Amanda on June 23, 2012:

I've just applies aloe vera in an attempt to stop the burning, its helped, but as soon as the weekends over I'm heading for my GP. Thank you for sharing the info x

Leniscool (author) on January 10, 2011:

Yes, I understand your pain! Sorry to hear about the insurance thing. Eczema on the lips is no joke. It's effects your entire life indirectly. I hope it all works out for you! Good luck! If you have any questions, based on my experience, I hope I can answer them.

nubia on January 08, 2011:

thanks for the info. i have had chapped lips for over 6 years and it is hard not to think about how bad they look every time someone talks to me or i leave my house. unfortunately i don't have insurance so i have to wait to see a doctor. i never thought eczema could be the cause. i am tired of reading threads about chapped lips. sorry but vaseline and chapstick don't cut it!

Adroit Alien on November 16, 2010:

I have tried burts bee and vasaline but it didn't help. I'm going to ask my doctor about that cream. Thanks for this hub!

Leniscool (author) on October 06, 2010:

I know it's tough, but don't give up! Once you get the right cream you'll have a life changing moment! Good luck! Thanks for the comment

Jamee on October 06, 2010:

I've had eczema on my lips basically throughout all of high school :( it sucks really bad but I think I'm going to try to go to the doctor AGAIN to see if something will help me out

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