YOUNG ADULT PROBLEMS: THE LIPS

Care of the lips

The lips have several functions. They form the opening to the digestive tract and, together with the nostrils, the top part of the respiratory system. They act as a form of communication by forming many of our vocal sounds and are also an area that we use to attract the opposite sex, hence the use of lipstick! Once attracted, the lips are usually the first point of sexual contact.

The lips contain an intermediate form of cell between that of the skin and those of the mucous membranes. They have sweat or sebaceous glands and rely upon the moisture of the mouth (saliva) to keep their integrity. Internal moisture is therefore very important, as well as the constituents of saliva.

It is also worth remembering that the lips reflect the internal environment. For instance, dry, cracked lips mean dehydration; pale lips, anaemia; red lips, fever or internal inflammation.

RECOMMENDATIONS

Dry or cracked lips require an increase in the hydration of the body.

Calendula or Graphites creams should be applied. Avoid moisturizing creams that are geared towards temporary relief, thereby encouraging more use of the compound. Habitual users ofchapsticks are habitual users because they use chapsticks.

Avoid application of heat through hot drinks or smoking as much as possible.

Spend as much time as possible without lipstick.

Use sun block if in strong sunshine.

A central crack in the lips is a guiding symptom for the homeopathic remedy Natrum muriaticum. Graphites, Calcarea Carbonica and Sulphur are other remedies that should be reviewed in dry lips.

If the lips are pale, see Anaemia.

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