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Hi Dr Mo here, please give me a moment to reply.
Do you have any pictures of your lips?
It sounds more like an allergic reaction rather than dehydration.
Have you tried changing your diet around? Or applying any steroid cream to the lips?
I would recommend hydrocortisone 0.5% twice daily, a very small amount, maybe the size of a lentil for the entire top and bot***** *****p. Use it for 7 days.
Also, start putting on vaseline on the lips at night for 2-3 weeks.
As for the diet.
I suspect something you are eating is setting it off.
It is hard to say what, I generally recommend keeping a log of the foods you eat and writing down which one might cause the irritation of the lips to be worse.
Yes, it's over the counter.
It can but it's more likely to thin the skin of the lips. It's okay to use but you have to use an even smaller amount than the lentil size I recommended
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