My husband has had a red ring around his lips for over a year, while trying a number of meds & eliminating spicy foods, citrus, yeast, changed toothpaste, shaving cream, soap, etc. He has seen a doctor, taken oral & cream antibiotics, anti-fungal cream, Vaseline, lip protectors with high sunscreen. He works outdoors on high electrical lines and sometimes would get cracks & bleeding in the corners of his mouth. He is currently using Nystatin Cream, stopped shaving around his lips, and is very, very careful with his diet, using baking soda to brush his teeth & ivory soap to wash his face, and uses chap stick with high sunscreen when working - also uses Vaseline to keep moisture in his lips. The redness has calmed down considerably, but is still there - especially after eating. I have read so many things and am very concerned about the possibilities indicated. Please help! Thank you so much!!!
It is most likely from licking his lips when he is high up and working on those electrical lines. The wind and saliva can be drying and many people tend to stick out their tongue when they are very focused on a task. He needs to try to be aware if he is licking his lips frequently and to always keep petroleum jelly or the Chap Stik with sunscreens. Avoid any lip balms that have peppermint additives as these can actually dry the skin out more even though they are soothing when you first put them on. Another thing to consider is allergies. It could be a contact allergy to something he is eating. You might try a food diary noting what he has eaten and if his lips got red after the meal and how red. After a while, you may notice a pattern and be able to eliminate whatever is irritating his lips. A red ring like this just indicates there is some kind of irritation. Saliva is usually the worst offender. Licking the lips dries out any natural oils and the lips dont have much in the way of oil glands so they can dry out easily. I would almost bet he licks his lips when he is working. Have you ever noticed that he is one of those people who when focused on a task has his tongue out? If he does this, he needs to try to make a conscious effort to stop. It sounds like he is doing everything he can to stop irritating the area. He just needs to keep at it and try to eliminate anything that is irritating.
Hi Sheila, it sounds like I have the same thing as your husband. My lips contantly have a red ring around them, that gets worse when eating food, or if they're irritated by anything else. Excessive heat, or sweating does it for me.
I think it's related to sun exposure. I've worked on golf courses for the past 10 years, and I didn't have this issue before then.
I'd be curious to know if you guys have found a cure or treatment that has helped. I've been to several dermatologists and none of them seem to know the answer.
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