Here's How To Deal With This Insanely Annoying Mouth Issue

    Wtf is happening and what can you do about it? Warning: Somewhat graphic cracked lip photos ahead.

    Have you ever woken up and the corners of your mouth are so dry and cracked you just feel like:

    It's totally normal, especially during winter, for the corners of your mouth to get irritated and inflamed — also known as "angular cheilitis" or "perleche."

    It's usually caused by an infection of fungi or yeast from excess saliva trapped in the cracked corners of your mouth.

    And this can happen if you aren't protecting your mouth with a petroleum- or beeswax-based lip balm.

    The cracking can range from mild to more severe and chronic, which gets pretty painful.

    Licking your lips too much, scented lip balms, and acne creams can all make it worse.

    You can usually just treat it with protectants like Vaseline or Aquaphor, but you may need an anti-fungal or steroid cream.

    If it doesn't clear up with those treatments, you might want to see a dermatologist to explore other possible causes.

    So, as winter comes, try to stop licking your lips as much.

    And always use protection.

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