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How to Keep Your Lips Lush by Protecting Them from the Sun

June 13, 2024

Filed under: Uncategorized — drmarchese @ 9:34 pm
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While everyone knows that dentists are quite concerned about the health of your teeth and gums, many may not realize that their lips play an important role in their oral health as well. These facial features play a key role in speech and expression while also protecting the teeth from dry mouth and the outside environment. Here’s why your lips may be especially vulnerable to sunburn and what you can do to keep them healthy.

Away with the Ultraviolet Rays

Melanin is a pigment in human skin that provides protection from harmful rays. The lips are covered with a thin layer of skin that doesn’t have a lot of this substance, giving them their pinkish-red color and making them especially vulnerable to ultraviolet light. This isn’t helped by the fact that they are placed in a forefront position on the face and angled in such a way that allows them to catch lots of rays.

This vulnerable position means that your lips can be easily damaged by sun exposure, leading to unpleasant short-term and long-term consequences. The immediate signs of sunburned lips include swelling, tenderness, or redness, but frequent exposure may increase the possibility of developing skin cancer.

How Can I Keep My Lips Safe?

One of the surest ways to protect your lips from sun damage is to stay out of direct sunlight. The sun tends to shine brightest from about 10 A.M. to about 3 P.M., so staying indoors during this period can significantly reduce the amount of solar rays you absorb. You can also protect your lips by wearing a hat, sunscreen, or lip balm with a rating of SPF 30 or more. It’s important to remember that SPF lip balm should be applied more frequently than sunscreen, so keep it on hand so you can reapply it after eating, drinking, or licking your lips.

How Can I Treat Sunburned Lips?

If your lips have become sunburned, try to keep them from further sun exposure. You can treat the issue in ways like:

  • Using aloe vera to reduce the burning sensation
  • Apply a cold compress to soothe the discomfort and swelling
  • Take an anti-inflammatory medication
  • Apply moisturizer to help the skin heal.

Please call a physician if your lips or tongue become swollen or if you develop a rash.

Your lips play a key role in your appearance and deserve the same concern that you should give your teeth. By being mindful of sun exposure, you can help your lips stay in great shape for life.

About the Practice

Dr. Frank Marchese earned his dental degree at the University of Illinois College of Dentistry and stays abreast of the latest developments in his field through continuing education courses, conferences, meetings, and seminars in advanced dental training. He is a proud member of the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry, the American Dental Association, and the Illinois State Dental Society. His office in Lisle, IL, offers general, cosmetic, restorative, and emergency dentistry. For more tips on protecting your lips, contact his office online or dial (630) 969-2310.

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