If your lip psoriasis hasn’t come on fully yet, make sure to avoid chapped lips in cold weather (especially winter) and sunburnt lips, as that kind of skin traumatization can lead to lip psoriasis.Apart from that, you also need to stop wetting your lips when they’re dry, as the constant repetition of licking and then your saliva drying out irritates them.
On that note, you also need to eliminate all the substances your lips come in contact with that may be irritating them or that you may be allergic to.
This includes personal care products, such as make-up, especially lipsticks which contain propyl gallate, and even toothpastes that contain sodium lauryl sulfate. Both can cause a contact allergy, and as such can trigger a psoriasis outbreak on the lips.
The second way to get lip-smacking full lips again is to start looking after your lips, both before and during a breakout of psoriasis.Whenever you can tell that it’s going to be a cold and windy day, you need to get ready.
Such environmental conditions can dehydrate your lips, cause painful cracking and worsen your lip psoriasis. To combat this, you need to stock up on your protective Chapstick arsenal, simple emollients like Vaseline (get the handy pocket-sized tubs) and medicated lip-balms.
One more thing – you need to apply them frequently. I’m talking about every 15-30 minutes, so frequently that you seem obsessive. It might look like an OCD to outsiders, but you’re just looking after your lips.
In terms of which products to go for, any good lip balm will work wonders on softening your lips, but one that is fortified with sunscreen is even better! A SPF 20 or 30 is ideal. However, if you psoriasis is bad, then you might need a medicated lip ointment.
You can usually get a prescription for an ointment containing 2-1/2% hydrocortisone. If you don’t want a prescription, here is the BEST lip balm for lip psoriasis on the market from my experience.
Developed by Dr Daniel Viders, a certified dermatologist in Central Massachusetts, this hypoallergenic lip balm contains 1% hydrocortisone. Read our review of Cortibalm for lip psoriasis here!