We’ve all experienced those dreaded days where your lips just seem to keep getting drier by the minute. Regardless of what you do, how much water you drink or how many chapsticks you go through, your lips just can’t seem to get hydrated enough. That being said, it raises one simple question: is your body trying to tell you something?
Dry lips are often a symptom of serious diseases such as Celiac and Crohn’s Disease. We’re not concluding that you have these two diseases, far from it, but we do want you to be more informed about why your lips might be a bit more dry than usual… constantly! From the get go, both diseases promote dehydration in your body, which affect your energy levels and lips first. Your lips already need a lot of hydration in order to stay healthy and beautiful, therefore when you’re dehydrated, your lips are often one of the first to be affected.
Let’s look at both diseases individually to understand a little more what’s happening with your body, health and lips:
Crohn’s Disease: Crohn’s Disease, also referred to as CD, creates inflammation in the Gastrointestinal (GI) tract, going from the mouth all the way down to the anus. When you have CD, lips are directly affected, as they are part of the GI. Inflammation of the GI creates an aching pain in the body which often results in low food intake. As you start eating less, because of the pain, your lips are also less nourished and therefore become dry. Your lips need water and nutrients in order for them to look plump, healthy and red. Without the right nutrients, your lips will dry up. The recurring vomiting while affected by Crohn’s Disease also has a role in the creation of very dry lips.
Celiac Disease: being an autoimmune disease located in the small intestine, people affected with celiac disease often have anaemia, due to the small intestine’s lack of ability to process and absorb nutrients, and chronic fatigue. When you have anaemia, your body lacks in vitamins and nutrients, with the most popular deficiency in iron. That being said, the body ends up fighting for nutrients to nourish every part of the body, but since not all nutrients are processed, only the vital organs receive the necessary vitamins and nutrients. Your lips are therefore found lacking in hydration and vitamins, which causes them to dry up and crack constantly.
Again, we’re not saying that you have these two diseases if you have chapped lips. If you do have the diseases, you now know why your lips are constantly dry and chapped. It’s nothing dangerous, but make sure you always have hydrating lip balms, oils, or chapsticks on you so you can externally hydrate your lips. We recommend using organic lip balms to minimize inflammation or addiction to the lipstick.