DermTV Perleche Cracked Corners of Your Mouth DermTV Epi 156
Hello, I'm Neal Schultz pause and welcome to DermTV. Itching and burning cracks right at the cornersof the mouth is kind of common, it's uncomfortable, and it's calledperléche. Because of the cracks, most people think it's dry skin,but it's not dry skin. It's actually caused by a yeast infection, andit's the same yeast that most women carry in their body and the same yeastthat causes them uncomfortable
itching yeast infections. Because this iscaused by a yeast, it is aggravated by moisture, because yeast thrivein moist areas and closed areas, and this is a perfect setup becauseat the corners of the mouth, the way the lips come together, they causea closed area and, if there's any saliva there, that accounts for additionalmoisture. When people get this, invariably they do two things that makeit worse. The first is, because they consider it to be dry becausethey see a crack, they put a moisturizer on and, again, moisture makesthe yeast grow even more.
Secondly, because it's uncomfortable, andit burns, and it really feels peculiar, a lot of people take the tip oftheir tongue and they go like this. And they do it to test it, to feel it,to see, is the problem still there and, interestingly, people do it veryoften, a couple of times a minute, it's just a natural reflex. So how do we cure this problemé The firstthing is obviously stop licking the corners of your mouth. The second is,get an overthecounter anti yeast medicine, such as Lotrimin which hasclotrimazole as the active
ingredient which is good to fight yeast. Puta little bit on the corners of your mouth four to six times a day, just avery small amount, and then put a little Vaseline or Aquaphor on top so, ifyou do accidentally touch it with the tip of your tongue, the Aquaphoror Vaseline will keep the moisture away from the problem. Give it fourto seven days to cure the problem. If it hasn't done that by thatperiod of time, then you should see a dermatologist who will give you a prescriptionfor an antiyeast in an ointment vehicle which again will help protectagainst additional moisture
which aggravates the problem.
DermTV How to Treat Chapped Lips DermTV Epi 249
Hello, I'm Neal Schultz pause and welcome to DermTV. In order for me to help you better understandhow to treat your chapped lips, first I'm going to explain what theyare and what causes them. Chapped lips are really just an over dryingof the skin of your lip and the reason it gets over dried is from cold air,low humidity, sunlight or even just strong winds. The reason that the lipsget over dried much more easily
than regular skin on your body is becausethe skin of your lip is very thin; it's a mucus membrane. Let me showyou what I mean. Mucus membranes don't have any of this thick protectivedead layer on the top the way regular skin does, and whereas the thicknessof regular epidermis is about fifteen to twenty cells thick, mucus membraneslike the lip are only three to five cells thick. As a matter of fact,it's because it's so thin that it's almost translucent and you can almostsee through it. That's what makes lips pink because you can see the bloodin the dermis underneath. And
because it's so thin, it's just so muchmore vulnerable to over drying and it doesn't have as much protection to holdin moisture. When it dries it cracks, when it cracks the cracks open upa little bit and let moisture out, and when the moisture comes out of thisthin skin it contracts and the cracks get bigger and you lose more moistureand that's like a positive feedback cycle of over drying. And by theway, because there's no thick dead layer on top, that's why chapped lipswhich are just dry skin, look very different from regular dry skin. So it'svery easy to take care of
chapped lips, we just have to restore thebarrier that holds in moisture while the skin of the lip is repairing itselfand healing. The best way to do that is with oil based products. So mostlip balms and lip aids either have petrolatum or bee's wax in them whichis heavy and holds that moisture in. A good rule of thumb is, if it's coldenough outside to put on a coat, then its cold enough to start putting a coatof lip balm on your lips. And just make sure of one thing: if you have chappedlips, don't lick them. Think of what the function of saliva is inyour mouth, it's really there to
dissolve and digest food, and it does thesame thing to the coating on your lip. If you put saliva on your lip you'regoing to worsen the irritation and you're going to make the chapping worse.So, if you have chapped lips, use lip balm and try not to lick your lips.