Major Causes of Allergic Contact Dermatitis on Lips!

Dermatitis isa medical condition in which the skin becomes red, swollen and sore and sometimes with small blisters resulting from direct irritation of the skin by an external agent or an allergic reaction it.

Major Causes of Allergic Contact Dermatitis on Lips!

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The oral region of the face is unique, with three different epithelial zones: the cutaneous lips, the vermillion and the mucosa of the oral cavity. The skin of the cutaneous vermillion is similar to the rest of the face. There are typical features such as sebaceous glands, sweat glands and hair follicles. However, the vermillion is non-keratinized. Specifically, areas in this region are considered “non-keratinizing” and therefore lack the typical stratum corneum barrier, including the labial mucosa and wet surface of the Vermillion, ventral tongue, and the floor of mouth, soft palate and buccal mucosa. The mucosa of the oral cavity contains saliva with buffering and solvent action. Susceptibility to allergens varies among these regions.

Major causes of ACD

ACD is the type of allergic reaction, in which a substance contacts with skin, and later result in a rash. The rash from poison ivy is one the example of ivy. The rash of the allergy basically happens 2-3 days later. This delay makes ACD hard to figure out. Once the rash occurs it may last for many weeks. People may stop using the offending product for some time but that’s not long enough is not long enough to see the results.

Effect on Lips

Many people have dry chapped lips and require daily use of lip balm. However, you if your lips stay chapped despite frequent use of lip balms; you may have more than just chapped lips. You may be experiencing inflammation of the lips. On the skin, this condition is known as dermatitis. On the lips, it is known as cheilitis.

Inflammation may result in redness of the lips or on the skin around the lips. It may also result in a very dry, flaky appearance. When severe, it can result in cracking. Some people feel itchy, while others feel pain or burning of the lips.

Cause of ACD of the lips

There are various factors that are responsible for the lip allergy some are as follows

Beauty products:

There are various skin ingredients including lanolin, which are moisturizing but can trigger allergic reaction sometimes.


Being one of the most common allergens, fragrance additive can be a reason behind ACD. While the additive also serves in flavoring, these can be found in lip balms, mouthwash chewing gum and other facial products.

Allergic metals

 There are certain metals and chemicals that can trigger reactions. For example, some are used in the Dental product and or piercing jewelry.


Sometimes allergies can happen with natural food flavors likeCinnamon, vanilla tomatoes and citrus food.

Ways to avoid lips allergies

Stop using all chapsticks and butter bees products, and lip balms such as Carmex and Blistrex. Because all of these contain allergy-causingflavors.

Use only pure petroleum jelly without flavorings and fragrance. 

All patients should stop chewing gums, mints and mouthwash for 8 weeks.

Use a good toothpaste

Women should stop wearing lip makeup for some time.]

When to see your doctor

Call your doctor if your rash is painful or worries you, or if it isn’t better after a couple of days. Your doctor will take a look and ask your questions to help figure out what’s going on. Pending on how toserve it is, he may prescribe steroids pills or ointment. Your doctor can also do a skin test to determine what you are allergic too.  So if you can’t avoid what you are allergic too, consult adoctor immediately.

Important thing: Every product contains some additive, and some people are allergic to some common substance.Therefore, if it is recommended that don’t apply. Always ask your doctor or physician because some allergies cause serious skin diseases which can never be cured but can be treated and controlled.  

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