Causes Of Dry Skin Around The Mouth

Understand Dry Skin- Allergic Reactions, Seborrhoeic Dermatitis, Chapped lips, and Climatic conditions are some of the symptoms of dry skin around the mouth.

Tavishi Dogra
Written by: Tavishi DograPublished at: Dec 07, 2011
Causes Of Dry Skin Around The Mouth

Dry skin around the mouth causes and remedies: Who doesn't want a soft, silky and smooth skin? Everyone wants to look gorgeous in their Instagram pictures as well as in daily life. Now, just imagine that you are looking perfect from top to bottom but when you tried to say cheese for a picture, your cheeks just spoilt it. Do you know the reason behind it? It's your dry skin around your mouth which is a result of

  • perioral dermatitis 
  • dehydration
  • allergies 
  • irritation 
  • cosmetics
  • chemical products
  • steroids

Symptoms of dry skin around the mouth include:

  • itching
  • redness and in extreme cases
  • bleeding
  • inflammation

Although several over the counter gels and lotions can provide relief in minor cases, proper treatment would depend upon the cause of dry skin.

Main Causes Of Dry Skin Around the Mouth

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Chapped lips 

Dry skin around the mouth can be a result of continuous licking. Due to constant licking, the naturally secreted fluids are wiped off with the saliva, leading to dryness around the mouth. This can be immensely painful if not treated.

Seborrhoeic Dermatitis 

This condition mainly occurs in people with oily skin. It is a kind of eczema or skin rash and is a condition in which yeast called Malassezia exists on the skin. Due to sudden changes in the weather, excessive scratching, and increased stress levels, some people may develop an infection around the mouth because of it.

Allergic Reactions 

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This is mainly a reaction to the fluoride in tubes of toothpaste and other oral hygiene products.

Contact Dermatitis 

This type of dermatitis is caused due to allergens or irritants which make the skin around the mouth sensitive. In this case, it is important to figure out the source of the allergy. Once the allergen is identified, future contact with it should be avoided.


Age may also cause dry skin around the mouth.

Angular Cheilitis 

In this type of skin disorder, the skin at the corner of the mouth becomes so dry that at times, it even leads to bleeding. Usually caused due to poorly fitting dentures, nutritional deficiencies or diabetes, ignoring this condition can lead to yeast infection, which can cause further complications.


It produces red, scaly, itchy patches in the area above the upper lip, leading to cracking and pain.

Climatic conditions 

Diminished humidity during winter can also lead to dry skin. Oil glands do not secrete sufficient oil and this can result in dry skin around the mouth. Dry skin around the mouth can simply be xerosis (having naturally dry skin) but often, it can be an indication of skin conditions such as eczema or dermatitis.

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