(Did a search, couldn't see anything similar - please point me at it if I'm wrong!)
I've been paleo since July of this year, and it's been phenomenal for me on many levels. But I have this one irritating symptom that's kicked in recently - for the last two-three months, the skin on my lips seems to be shedding/peeling off - sometimes to the point of bleeding spots on the lower lips.
My lips aren't chapped or dry, I'm getting plenty of saturated fats & liquids, and I'm using lip balms to prevent the flakiness - ranging from straight coconut oil to MoistStic (w/coconut & tea tree oils) to a Burt's Bees tinted lip balm to one from Now (also with aloe/coconut oil/Vitamin E) that I just bought today. (Don't use petroleum-based or chemically-laden products, to my knowledge, anyway!)
I'm 95% Paleo - use dairy only as heavy cream in coffee or plain greek yogurt with walnuts occasionally, and am also supplementing daily: fish oil, Vitamins B, C, D, K, L-Carnitine & NAC (latter two just added within the last month). Just added Kelp today, thinking this might be another sign of an iodine deficiency (since I'm not getting iodine in my preferred kosher salt & am no longer eating prepared foods.)
Does this sound familiar to anyone else? Where should I start trying to figure it out? Thanks in advance...
My kids have a similar experience, and for them, it's a manifestation of their eczema. Since they don't eat gluten, they get it much less often, but too much cow milk (they're both fine with yogurt and raw cheese) sets off an episode. My first guess would be that you have an allergy to something you're eating, and an elimination diet will help you figure out if that's true, and which food is the culprit.
I also had/sometimes still have this issue!
I identified my main culprits to be fruit and alcohol. If I eat a lot of fruit or have more than 1 or 2 glasses of wine/vodkas on a night out, a couple of days later my lips will start to peel, really badly.
Do you drink wine or any other alcohol regularly or eat a lot of fruit? I think for me it's a sensitivity/allergy so it's highly likely resulting from a food or substance that you're ingesting.
I guess the only way to determine the cause is by eliminating different foods and then re-introducing them - The joy of Paleo experimentation!
i have had peeling lips my whole life.Ofcourse i bite my lips quite often aswell, but i think the reason for it is unstable eating. WHen i eat less they become reddish and very easily bleeding, and when i take a lot of fish oli or smth, the become hard, strong, and start to renew themselves from previous damage.Also lip balms make u addicted and even cause peeling in my mind because they do moisture your lips and therefore the outer layer of the skin needs to peel off.It has got smth to do with dehydration aswell
I have this problem. The reason? The heat in my house! It's really hard to regulate the temperature in my bedroom. It's either broiling hot or freezing cold, so I usually end up with some dry skin/peeling lips.
Have you turned on the heat in your house yet?
No one else has brought this up yet so I will.
I have an unconscious habit of licking/rubbing my lips. It's something I catch myself doing thoughtlessly and I suspect I do it in my sleep. I get very annoyed with myself about it.
Once I accidentally create a tiny torn/peeling/rough spot, it's like a broken tooth--I seem to lick/feel/rub it constantly.
So, it can be a form of fidgeting. If I can't seem to stop fussing with my lip--and for me it's only the bottom lip--then I put something harmless in my mouth--such as a (knitting) cabling needle or small smooth piece of wood--to give the skin on my lip a rest. It's a constant struggle to keep my lip unblemished because it's such an unconscious habit.
I have the same problem!!! for almost a year now, my lips feel tight (especially in the morning) itchy and dry, really dry, they don't feel normal, not smoothe as they use to be and this really saddens me!! I've been to the clinic and the doctor gave something that made my lips feel even tighter and dry so I stopped using it. I've used all sorts of lip balm (ECO' blixtex, balea, vicky, carmex, vaseline, burts bee) nothing has worked on me. It may have been because of the harsh winter winds and the fact that I did not protect my self, but they still feel this way, almost a year now! I want my normal lips back! this is ridiculous, it really upsets me because no one seems to know what's going on, I feel helpless! And I drink a lot of water and other fluids, I have a balanced diet, fish, meat, vegetables, legumes, fruits....can anyone help please?
I have had this same problem for years. My lips turn blood red after eating ANYTHING. And they peel,but are not chapped. I do not lick or bite them. They are 100% better when I'm not at work. At home we use humidifiers,and I only use all natural lip balms but I don't use them at home. I don't need to. At work,they are embarrassing. They even get a white film either on the whole lip or along where they touch each other. I really believe it is a form of exfoliative chelitis but have not found anything that can be done for it except I will wash them with liquid hand soap when they get too bad and this really seems to help. Hope this helps.
I have the same problems. My lips are not dry at all but my skin keeps peeling and falling off. It is really annoying and gross I will peel it off and more beings to peel shortly after. I dont eat an excessive amount of dairy, im not gluten intolerant, i dont drink on a regular basis, i drink plenty of water, my house is set at a consistant and normal temputure, i dont wear lipstick, i dont have red lips and they dont itch. I just dont know. I do get cold sores and have weird allergic reactions to chocolate, cashews and excessive sun. my lips swell and blister. but even when im not having reactions to that my skin just sheds off.