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Cracks at the Corners of Your Mouth

Most Likely Causes:
Excessive lip licking or exposure to the wind, cold, or dry air can dry out the lips and lead to cracks in their very thin skin. Another culprit: a deficiency in iron, vitamin A or C, or any of the B vitamins.

Less Likely Cause:
Cracks may be a sign of a fungal infection, such as thrush, which also causes redness around the cracks. Or the cracks may be due to a slight allergic reaction to an ingredient in a cosmetic product you recently started using.

What to do:
-Keep your lips hydrated by applying a thick, unscented ointment (such as Aquaphor).
-If you recently started using any new cosmetics, stop, then slowly reintroduce them one at a time.
-If the cracks persist, worsen, or seem infected, see a doctor to talk about your diet or to be tested and treated for a fungal infection.

(Jen Corace)

The opinions expressed are solely those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the views of Comcast.

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