11 Natural Ways to Cure Chapped, Cracked, and Peeling Lips

Chapped lips
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It's important to take immediate action when you lips start to chap—otherwise, your lips and the corners of your mouth run the risk of developing painful cracks. These homemade remedies can help.

What Causes Chapped Lips?

This is the million dollar question. It comes down to a lower-than-normal moisture retention ability, but several thing can cause that, including the following:

  • The most popular cause is licking your lips too often. Saliva removes moisture from the lips, leaving them peeled and flaky. Habitual licking also removes the protective oily layer on your lips.
  • Too much caffeine is another cause because of its dehydrating effects.
  • Winter winds can also make your smile disappear. The cold weather results in drier skin.
  • Ironically, lip balms are sometimes at fault. Lip balms with alcohol content such as phenol and menthol can cause skin to dry.
  • The sodium lauryl sulfate often added to toothpaste to produce lather has a drying effect. If your lips feel dry very time you brush your teeth, then there is a need to change your toothpaste.
  • Allergy to some metals such as cobalt and nickel can also cause your lips to crack.

Castor Oil
Castor Oil | Source


Here are some easy and natural ways to cure your dry and chapped lips:

Castor Oil and Petroleum Jelly

Try applying Castor oil to your lips, then cover them with a thin layer of petroleum jelly. Your lips will start to heal and back to normal within a week.


Glycerin helps to raise the moisture level of skin. It is one of the best natural humectants, which relieve dryness by sealing in the required moisture. Try applying few drops of glycerin to your lips before going to bed. This will repair the damaged tissues, speed up the healing process, and protect the lips from climate conditions.

Mustard Oil

While it might sound counterintuitive, applying mustard oil to your navel in order to soften your lips is an age-old ayurvedic remedy in India. You just have to massage few drops of mustard oil in your belly button, preferably at bedtime or after taking a bath. The idea behind this is to keep the belly button moist with the oil of mustard seeds.


If dry air, sometimes caused by cold weather, is your problem, then use a humidifier.

Fresh Milk Cream

Many people love softening their lips with fresh milk cream or unsalted butter, which provides moisture. Apply it twice a day.


If dehydration is the cause of your problem, check your water intake. Make sure you stay hydrated at all times, and remember that soda, tea, juice, and coffee are not substitutes (they can actually make the problem worse).


Avoid extreme temperatures and excessive exposure to sun. If you are going out when UV rays are strongest, then wear a good quality sunscreen to shield your lips from sun’s damaging rays.

Iron Supplements

If you have tried a number of remedies to no avail, then possibly you are suffering from anemia, low iron, or a low red-blood-cell count.

Headache, tiredness, severe chapped lips are signs which indicate that you are deficient in iron. If these match your symptoms, have a doctor check for iron deficiency.

Gentle Scrubbing

To get rid of dead skin, wet your toothbrush, dunk it in baking soda, and scrub your lips gently in circular motions to remove flakes.

When you have dry lips, do you lick them without even knowing you do?

  • Yes, I do
  • No, I know that this causes chapped effect!
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Apply a little honey with the aid of wet finger. Honey is a humectant with natural anti-bacterial properties.

Aloe Vera

Aloe vera’s excellent healing properties help to heal dry and burned lips. You can apply aloe vera gel or fresh aloe vera pulp directly to your lips to cure them.

Best of Luck!

Chapped lips can be painful, but luckily, as you can see with this list, homemade remedies abound. Each of these treatments is gentle and very effective. All you need to do is to find out the best one for yourself.

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younghopes 3 years ago from India

Thanks for sharing these interesting tips, i m sharing this one, i always suffer from chapped lips, hope these would help me out

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ChitrangadaSharan 3 years ago from New Delhi, India

Nice hub on natural cure for chapped and cracked lips. Especially for something as delicate as lips, I think one should opt for natural ingredients only.

Very useful and informative hub! Voted up!

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Neha Sadana 3 years ago from India Author

Thanks for stopping by and sharing the hub, Younghopes!! These homemade remedies will surely help you to cure your chapped lips, go ahead and try....:)

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Neha Sadana 3 years ago from India Author

You are right Chitrangada that lips are so delicate and sensitive to apply any chemical products. Natural remedies are safe and gentle to the tissues of lips. Thanks for reading and voting up...I am glad:)

ddd 2 years ago

thanks doctors for your help

Kiran Fernandes 2 years ago

I am from Mumbai, and staying in Goa at the moment. Since I'm staying in the western part where the climate is humid, I'm used to it. I recently paid a trip to Delhi, and was there for just 2 days, and in those two days, my lips became really dry. I really liked the place, but the dry climate was kinda hurting my lips... Will be coming to stay in Gurgaon for a year or more to do a course there... So since I will be staying for a long time, I was thinking of a way to avoid my lips from drying out. This site helped me a bit.

I think that you made an error... Its not Castrol oil, but Castor oil... Do correct it...

Lucy 2 years ago

Thank you for the home made recipes shared here..I have been suffering from dry peeling lips for a very long time,and OMG i can't remember how long it is since i have been trying these remedies from using vaseline alone to mixing Vaseline and Castor oil but without success. my lips will remain moisturised for a couple of minutes and after its dry and peely and this leaves me feeling miserable and uneasy facing the public....i live at the coast and the humid area doesn't help. any miraculous suggestions will be appreciated

da don 18 months ago

Thank you.

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