There is something special about lip anatomy that makes it vulnerable to dryness. It possibly contributes to the start of inflammation of the lips (cheilitis). This blog post illustrates the difference in the anatomy of normal skin vs lips very well. As you can see it below, the outermost layer of our skin is called… Continue reading Understand lip anatomy
Recently there is a case report published utilizing antagonist of interleukin-4 receptor alpha for a patient who is treatment-resistant to other typical treatment options for exfoliative cheilitis, namely topical corticosteroids, topical tacrolimus, petroleum jelly, and doxycycline. Dupilumab, a human monoclonal antibody, functions as an antagonist for the interleukin-4 (IL-4) receptor alpha. By doing so, it… Continue reading Case report of treating exfoliative cheilitis with interleukin-4 (IL-4) receptor alpha antagonist
Happy New Year! It’s the time we all write down our New Year’s resolution. You may want to work on your stress levels in the year 2023. Stress is a normal reaction to the demands of daily life. It can be caused by work, relationships, and other factors. If you are facing exfoliative cheilitis, you… Continue reading Manage your stress levels in the New Year
I have put up the online survey for some time and want to share the results I obtained so far: Up till 8th December 2022, there are 37 responses completing my survey about exfoliative cheilitis. Let’s take a look at the results: Of the responses we had, most are male sufferers. In terms of the… Continue reading Sharing some data from the online survey
There is a recent article published in Journal of Dental Sciences. This research aimed to investigate the prevalence of hypersensitivity in exfoliative cheilitis patients. 30 EC patients were recruited. The researchers then did a series of allergy/ hypersensitivity tests including: serum total IgE, allergen-specific IgE, and food-specific IgG. These are markers in our blood that… Continue reading Easier to get exfoliative cheilitis for hypersensitive patients?
I know it may be weird when you are at a social event and you feel that everyone is staring at your peeling lips. Trust me. I have been there. You may describe that as odd, embarrassing, or even intimidating. As humans, we long for social interactions. We are happy when we are somehow validated… Continue reading How to get comfortable in social interactions for people with EC
I think there is still too scanty research on EC, so maybe let’s start with some more information gathering and we can share with the community such as what treatment work for people. If you are interested to help, please complete the form below: Loading…
As I have mentioned, the treatment of exfoliative cheilitis is not easy. There is still no clear research on its aetiology. Regarding to usual biopsy results of exfoliative cheilitis sufferers, they will find non-specific inflammation. Some medical practitioners have advocated the use of anti-inflammatory drugs such as topical glucocorticoids (steroids) to treat EC. Another relatively… Continue reading Is Tacrolimus or Steroid the final answer?
The cliche of eating well, keeping up with hydration, and exercising regularly does make a difference. If you are an exfoliative cheilitis sufferer like me, you can really feel your lips getting worse when you rely heavily on overprocessed food or when you are so stressed. Over the years, I have been trying out ways… Continue reading Relaxation techniques
As a sufferer of exfoliative cheilitis, utilizing a lip balm regularly is crucial to keep your lips moisturized and reduce peeling. I have mentioned numerous kinds of lip balms/moisturizers you can choose from. I would say pick the one you feel most comfortable with and keep on using it daily. I have tried more than… Continue reading Lip balm that I use every day