Eczema On The Lips - How To Relieve It

October 04, 2018 11 Comments

lip eczema

By Dr. Stacy Matthews

What is Lip Eczema and What Does It Look Like?

Eczema is a form of dermatitis (inflammation of the skin) that is characterized by rough, scaly, flaky, dry skin with a red appearance. A symptom of eczema can also look like a rash around the mouth. Eczema on the lips is referred to simply as lip eczema or lip dermatitis. Commonly, lip eczema is from a reaction, such as an allergic reaction, to some type of external substance. A study in Spain showed that most cases of lip eczema are allergic contact dermatitis or atopic dermatitis. Further, cosmetics and topical medications were the main culprits (1). 

What Causes Eczema on Lips?

Some people are more susceptible than others to develop eczema on the lips or on the skin around the lips. Therefore, there is a hereditary (genetic) factor associated with this skin condition. Lip eczema becomes a significant problem when it is chronic and difficult to resolve. When lip eczema is present, there is an unending dryness that does not respond to the typical over-the-counter lip balms. The lips appear red, visibly dry, flaky, and often peel. 

Common cosmetic products have ingredients that often trigger lip eczema. For instance, the same lip balms some people use in an attempt to relieve dry, chapped lips actually can cause eczema or make it worse. Lanolin in lip products, such as lip balms, has been identified as an allergen causing lip eczema in some people. Beeswax is another component notorious for causing contact dermatitis.  Fragrances are one of the main ingredients in cosmetics and lotions that cause skin irritation. Fragrances in lipstick products and lip balms can also trigger lip eczema.

Risk Factors for Lip Eczema

You may be at a higher risk to develop eczema on your lips if you:

  • have skin issues that allow chemicals or irritants to be more easily absorbed
  • have a history or family history of allergies, asthma or eczema
  • have a new lipstick, lip balm or other lip product
  • have high stress levels
  • have a high sensitivity to hot or cold
  • are experiencing change in hormone levels (more common with women) 

Lip Eczema Treatment

The good news is that lip eczema is treatable. To relieve lip eczema and reduce inflammation, some people are prescribed hydrocortisone cream, but once stopped, the problem often returns. Some opt for more natural remedies, such as shea butter or essential oils like lavender oil, to relieve the dryness and cracked lips. However, they often aren't a sufficient treatment.

Treatment with Post-Traumatic Response Gel

MatrX B Response Gel contains natural ingredients with multiple skin protecting and healing functions. Our very own founder, Dr. Yazdani struggled with lip eczema for 10 years with no relief from a diversity of skin treatment products, including hydrocortisone cream. However, after twice daily application of MatrX B Response Gel, she noticed drastic improvement of lip dryness and the eczema resolved permanently. Avoiding products containing allergens and using products that promote skin health, such as MatrX B Response Gel, are viable options to address lip eczema. 

Do you think you have eczema on your lips? Try Post Traumatic Response Gel for fast, non-toxic relief.

 

  1. Loidi-Pascual L, Hervella-Garcés M, Larrea-García M, Santesteban-Muruzábal R, Agulló-Pérez A, Yanguas-Bayona I. [Lip eczema. Experience in the Contact Dermatitis Unit of a Spanish tertiary hospital]. An Sist Sanit Navar. 2015 Sep-Dec;38(3):409-16.

11 Responses

Dave
Dave

November 07, 2019

I have had extreme burning lips for nearly 10 years. I’ve been to 3 dermatologists, used topical steroids and been through gallons of vaseline without improvement. There is usually no visible redness and have been on daily valacyclovir. Really appreciate any recommendations

Dr. Yazdani
Dr. Yazdani

October 06, 2019

Dear Ankit,
I suggest you seek expert care for your lip eczema. You may also reach out to me on this portal for a brief consult so I may guide you on therapies for your condition. Thank you for your comment.

Ankit
Ankit

September 19, 2019

Should I consult to the dermatologist because I have had this issue for 3 years

Bhavin
Bhavin

April 29, 2019

Which gel to put on the lips can u plz give the name plz help me red lips looks very shamey

Dr. Yazdani
Dr. Yazdani

March 30, 2019

Dear Linda,
Thank you for visiting our site and leaving your comment. I am certain The Response Gel is worth a try for your lip condition. Often the dermatitis is triggered by new cosmetics, coupled with dry winter weather. While aqauphor may help moisturize your lips, it is only a barrier cream to keep moisture in. I have not found at least in my own case that it helped heal the problem like The Response Gel. To this day, when my eczema flares up on my lips, I reapply for a few days, couple of times per day and it magically makes it go away again. I suffered with this issue for 10 years!!

Buy it today, apply on your lips 2-3 times per day for 14 days. Avoid using any other lipstick, chapstick, or other lip treatments. If you need a bit of extra moisture, try a bit of 100% pure coconut oil or you can continue with the aquaphor. Remember, no color for the 2 weeks.
Hope that helps and keep us posted on your progress.

Linda Kirst
Linda Kirst

March 30, 2019

i currently have a terrible flare up of lip eczema.. or lip dermatitis. I have not be able to set an appointment with a dermatologist so I’ve been getting treatment from my primary Dr.. so far with no avail..it just suddenly came on after Christmas, as I tried new lipsticks I rec’d for gifts… so 3 lip creams later from anti-fungal to hydro-cortisone lip creams/ointments. I’m going crazy with it. I’ve been living with Aquaphor daily, apply at least 10x a day.. as I am a person who HATES dry lips/skin.. Please, Please can this MatrXB Response gel help me????

Mercy William
Mercy William

January 04, 2019

Dr. Yazdani, thank you for the success story and research about the lip eczema cure, Matr X B Response Gel. A great number of people suffer the problem of lip eczema probably due to other medication side effect or certain food products that may not be suitable for some individuals. Dr. Yazdani, where can one buy Matr X B Response Gel?
Thank you for your true and honest revelation.

Please, feel free to email me for further question as needed.

Sincerely,

Mercy I. William

Vivian P
Vivian P

January 04, 2019

How long after Dr used the gel twice a day and did it resolve her lip eczema permanently?

Dianne Eclavea
Dianne Eclavea

October 10, 2018

How to relieve it?

Dianne Eclavea
Dianne Eclavea

October 10, 2018

How to relieve it?

Marie Papachatzis
Marie Papachatzis

November 23, 2017

Thank you for this very informative article. I did not know that there was a separate condition that existed called lip eczema. Now I know what it looks like and how to treat it.

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