Cracked Lip Corners? I got rid of mine. You can too.
Holding it in place with a fork, I began sawing the thick veggie burger into bite-sized pieces.
Did I look ridiculous? Probably. But that was better than the pain I’d get if I opened my mouth wide – which was like slicing into my own cracked lip corners.
The condition that gives you cracked lip corners is called “angular cheilitis.” And luckily, fixing it is a lot easier than enduring it.
Last year, I cured my angular cheilitis for good – and I want to help you do the same.
So, if you have cracked lip corners or even just dry corners of mouth, read on.
By the end of this short article, you’ll:
– Understand angular cheilitis
– Know what causes it
– Learn about angular cheilitis treatment – and how to get rid of it for good
What is Angular Cheilitis?
Turns out, it’s actually a lip infection.
That’s right. Those cracked lip corners are the most common form of bacterial or fungal infection on lips.
Here’s how it happens:
First, saliva gets trapped in the corners of your lips. Then, the digestive enzymes in the saliva actually digest your lips, which causes dryness.
Eventually, the dryness causes the raw lip corners to split open. But it doesn’t stop there.
Saliva continues to build up in the cracked lip corners – bringing with it the fungi and bacteria that live inside your mouth.
And in their new home, the fungi and bacteria multiply – becoming more painful and unsightly.
3 Infectious Strains Cause Angular Cheilitis
Ranked by how common they are:
1. Candida, the same yeast responsible for “diaper rash” in babies
2. Staphylococcus bacteria – also known as “staph”
3. Occasionally, Streptococcus bacteria
The first step in angular cheilitis treatment is to cure the infection:
Simply use (1) an antifungal ointment for the Candida and (2) an antibiotic ointment for the bacteria. If you had an infection, it should get better within a few days. But, listen:
Cracked lip corners often develop both bacterial and fungal infections. Plus, visually, it’s very difficult to tell the difference between them.
That’s why you should always use both ointments to make sure you get rid of the lip infection.
And you’re not done yet. Your angular cheilitis may be gone, but it could be back tomorrow. To stop it for good, you need to address the root cause…
Dry Lip Corners
You now know that angular cheilitis starts with dry lip corners.
The dryness alone is enough to split and inflame them. And split lip corners are the perfect breeding ground for the fungi and bacteria that live in your mouth.
That’s why preventing dryness is the best way to prevent angular cheilitis. Dry lip corners have 2 preventable causes.
Dry Lip Corner Cause #1: Saliva
Do you lick your lips?
Remember: When saliva collects in your lip corners, it actually digests them – causing dryness.
And while you can’t easily prevent saliva from getting there, you can minimize it.
Just avoid these habits (and any others you think of) that send saliva straight to your lip corners:
- Sucking on lollipops (or pens)
But that’s not the only way you might be causing dry lip corners…
Dry Lip Corner Cause #2: Contact With Irritants
Have you ever applied lip balm to your chapped lips…only to find them chapped again a couple hours later?
Well, there’s a reason for this:
Many lip balms use certain “lip-chapping” chemicals that seem to soothe at first – but then quickly dry your lips again.
That’s like using nail-polish remover to give yourself a manicure!
Now, I’m not saying these companies do it on purpose. But think about it… When you have chapped lips that never go away, what do you buy more of?
These big corporations are turning one-time customers into customers for life.
And that’s not all. It turns out, lip balm can degrade over time to become a severe irritant.
In fact, a Singapore study found that lip cosmetics were responsible for 54% of cheilitis cases.
That means, when you apply lip balm to relieve your dry, chapped lips… you may instead be worsening – even causing – the dry, angry state of your lips.
That’s what happened to me…
I used to spread on lip balm obsessively – reapplying over and over throughout the day. I was desperate for relief from my chapped lips. Yet, all I could do was postpone the burning for another hour.
Luckily, a friend recently showed me a way to hydrate my lips without irritating them…
Almost immediately after she saw my face, Kristine noticed my lips were still dry and scaly.
Kristine was my old college roommate – now a makeup artist.
Her concerned look shifted into a smile, and she announced:
“I’ve got just the thing for you. It’s going to change your life!”
Then, she handed me a mysterious tube from her purse. It was unopened, with a name I didn’t recognize.
I Was Skeptical…
I had tried a lot of lip products that didn’t deliver on their claims.
But, I followed her directions, and slathered it all over my lips before bed. And here’s what happened…
The next morning, I was brushing my teeth, when I realized…
My mouth was wide open and I wasn’t in pain.
I spat out my toothpaste and examined my lips in the mirror. They looked smooth – fuller even. Already?
I thought I was imagining it, so I ran my finger across them. They felt soft – no scaly ridges.
I did some research on my own and this is what I found:
You may have heard of Hyaluronic Acid. It’s the “moisture molecule” that your body produces naturally. A Japanese study showed that it increased skin hydration by 96%.¹
Then, a results-driven skincare company in LA swooped in on this discovery. They decided to make Hyaluronic Acid the cornerstone of their lip hydration gloss. But there’s more.
They added oligopeptides to support collagen production.
And they mixed in skin-loving conditioners like jojoba oil and ylang ylang flower oil.
This gloss (it’s called City Lips by the way) is similar to regular lip gloss, except with deeper health benefits for your lips. Let me explain.
Good For Your Lips
Basically, it nourishes your lips with ingredients that are good for you in the long term.
It’s designed to give lips real hydration, even when they’re really chapped.
And it’s non-irritating – even on dry, sensitive skin like mine.
It’s a big deal for me to have found a gloss that’s comfortable and actually looks good on me…
Looking at recent pictures, it’s clear that my smile has totally transformed – I actually look happier.
And my boyfriend even commented that my lips don’t feel rough when we kiss anymore.
I Thought I’d Found the “Secret Potion.”
But it turns out, it wasn’t so secret. As word spread, a buzz was forming around it. And experts have taken note…
For example, Good Housekeeping recommends it. They ran a study and found that City Lips increases lip volume by an average of 3mm.
And that’s a big deal for me – because I always wanted fuller lips, but lip plumpers were way too irritating.
And remember that rich red gloss Elizabeth Moss wore on the red carpet (at The Handmaid’s Tale Season Premiere)? She looked fabulous with those plump lips – and that rich red shade really flattered her skin tone.
Well, that was City Lips! It comes in color too!
So, listen: If you want to do your lips a favor, treat yourself to a tube of City Lips.
I feel completely confident recommending City Lips to you – and not just because I believe it works…
The company has this unique 60-day satisfaction guarantee. That means – if you don’t completely love it – you can literally send them your empty tubes… and they’ll courteously return your money. No questions asked.
So, you either fall in love with your new lips… or you don’t pay… which means the only way you don’t win… is if you don’t try it.
P.S. Do you have dry, chapped lips? What’s your experience with cracked lip corners?
If everyone had happy, hydrated lips, the world would be a better place! So, if this was helpful for you, please share it! You might end up really helping someone out – like Kristine did for me.
Jegasothy S, Zabolotniaia V, Bielfeldt S. Efficacy of a New Topical Nano-hyaluronic Acid in Humans. J Clin Aesthet Dermatol. 2014;7(3):27–29.