Chapped or dry lips are common in the fall and winter months , when humidity is low. Cracking and peeling can be painful. According to Henry Chan, in a publication written for the Midwest Chapter of the Society of Cosmetic Chemists, the skin on our lips is much thinner than the skin on our face; the top layer of the lip is only 3 to 4 layers thick, while the skin on the face is 15 to 16 layers thick.  Skin on other parts of our body is protected by sweat and body oil as well as hair follicles. Our lips do not have any of these, leaving it much more open to the environment. Smoking also contributes to dry, chapped lips.
The best way to prevent chapped or dry lips is to use a gel or ointment type of lip balm; preferably one containing moisturizers and sunscreen. Many of the wax-based balms can be used as protection, but these should be used regularly beginning when your lips are healthy – they do not provide much help once your lips are chapped and dried.
According to various recent news articles, researchers at
Duke University have made a discovery that could make cold sore sufferers very
happy. They have found that HSV-1,
which is very common and typically causes cold sores on the mouth, produces
microbits of genetic material, called LAT RNA, which cause the virus to lay
dormant in one’s body. When
someone has an outbreak only part of the virus comes to the surface while the
remainder stays latent, possibly growing stronger. So even when one takes an anti-viral, the medication is only
affecting part of the disease, but not the whole. It is this characteristic that makes herpes so hard to get
Scientists believe that if they can design a drug to prevent
the function of LAT RNA, they could potentially wake up the virus in its
entirety. By doing so, the virus
would become fully exposed, and then a herpes sufferer could take Acyclovir,
which would at that point, theoretically, get...
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