Why won’t my lips stop peeling?
I have this lips peeling condition for as long as I remember. Kindergarten age.
I am 30 years old this year and it still troubles me.
The skin peels off in large flakes, especially bottom lips. There are times I don’t do anything about it, but I am now a working woman, so I trim the excess flakes with scissors in the morning.
1. I drink enough water
Someone would assume I am dehydrated and that includes my parents. Since I was a kid I was told to drink plenty of water. The highest point I down 5-6 litres water per day. It was until the toilet trips go unbearable, I drink 2-3 litres per day now.
2. I live in a tropical country
Malaysia. There’s no cold season here. The temperature is around 27°C to 35°C.
3. No, it doesn’t hurt
The peeling lips are 90% painless. However, few times in a year it will hurt, usually followed by mild bleeding. Those are the days I cannot smile.
If i did nothing with the peeled skin, it will eventually dries up and fall off by itself. I had to cut if off with scissors for lipstick application, or when I eat. Else, a big flakes of hanging skin is annoying, one time I thought it’s part of the noodle and bite & pull it, bleeding follows.
4. The peelings are only on the lips
The peeling occurs on the lips, it never go beyond where the lip liner doesn’t cover.
5. I am allergy to Vaseline and most lip products
Whenever I put on Mentholatum products, Vaseline, papaya ointment, to beauty brand Dior, Chanel, YSL, Marc Jacobs, it never helps. On the contrary, a tightening sensation develops and followed by worsen peeling, usually a painful one.
The worse one had me go to clinic because there’s pus discharging on my lips. Transparent to slight yellowish pus.
6. I’m not allergy to all products though…
I am currently using only Clinique Chubby Stick
Clinique offers great customer service when I first bought a lip product from them. My lips reacted to it, badly. I later emailed them and said even though their products are 100% allergy tested, I am still allergic to it. So Clinique had me return to their store and exchange for another range of lip product, there I got their Chubby Stick. And I stay with it since. I later tried their Pop Lip Colour, Quickliner for lips, and one of the lip gloss, all turns out with allergies too.
7. I went to skin specialist in KL
And I reacted badly to the doctor prescribed ointment . I stopped visiting because each trip to the clinic would cost me around two hundred ringgit. I was a student back then, the bills were unnecessary expenses for me.
I went to government hospital too, and since it wasn’t a critical illness, I was advised to go back to skin specialist.
8. I tried to avoid plastic water bottle
Once someone advice me to avoid plastic ware, I tried drinking out of glass only for weeks. It didn”t help.
8. Chinese doctor
I just started going this year. So I can’t see any immediate results yet.
9. There are good days!
Generally, my Monday to Saturday goes like this:
I took these photos during the Covid-19 lock down months, where I did not put any lip products on for 1-2 months.
10. Suggestions that I’ve tried
- drink plenty of water (5-6 litres)
- do not drink/eat from plasticware
- do not lick my lips
- do not pick/cut/trim my lips
- do not apply anything
- do not drink coffee
- apply natural remedy such as
- aloe vera
- coconut oil
- butter / margerine
- scrub with brown sugar
- brush with toothpaste
- various supplements
- amway protein
- vitamin C
- sangobion iron pills
- Vitamin B executive
- folic acid
- apply assorted balms
- papaya balm, lucas papaw
- all the lip balms sold in drugstore (Nivea, mentholatum, vaseline)
So far, nothing works.
11. Am I the only who’s experiencing this?
From all the people I met, no one is having similar conditions with mine. If someone is experiencing this, they are either having eczema or been to a cold season country.