Many people suffer from dry skin, particularly in weather extremes, and the effects range from a feeling of tightening on the skin and some mild flaking, to itching, cracking and discomfort in the most extreme cases. Those who suffer from severely dry skin often experience cracking around their nose and mouth, because this part of the body is the most exposed to the elements. Fortunately, it is a problem that can easily be remedied with a little time and attention.
Healing cracked skin around the nose and mouth
Drink at least eight glasses of water each day to keep your skin hydrated from the inside.
Eat two portions of oily fish every week, such as sardines, mackerel or wild salmon. If you don't like fish, take daily fish oil supplements. The omega-3 fatty acids in fish oil are believed to alleviate dry skin as well as a number of other health benefits. Take daily Vitamin B6 supplements to help ease the symptoms of dry skin conditions, including cracking around the mouth. Food with high levels of Vitamin B6 include bananas, oatmeal, sunflower seeds and rainbow trout.
Wash your face with a mild cream cleanser instead of a foaming wash. Use gentle, circular motions and pay particular attention to the nose and mouth area. Apply a gentle facial scrub once weekly, using gentle, circular motions and rinsing well with warm water. The scrub will get rid of dirt and dead skin cells to help improve the condition and appearance of your skin.
Apply a facial oil around your nose and mouth to lock in moisture. Look for an oil containing Vitamin E, evening primrose oil and macadamia oil, which will nourish your skin and help improve elasticity.
Apply a rich, creamy moisturiser to lock in moisture and help eliminate cracks. Apply morning and night after washing your face, and at any other times your skin feels particularly dry or tight. Apply a fragrance-free, non-medicated lip balm to your lips several times a day to keep them soft and smooth. Look for a lip balm containing panthenol and lanolin, known to have skin softening properties.
Consult a doctor if the cracks around your nose and mouth do not heal. In some cases, cracked skin is caused by the skin condition eczema, which requires diagnosis and advice from a dermatologist. Persistent cracks around the mouth may be due to a yeast infection caused by saliva.