What Are Some Common Causes of Chapped Lips?

Medically Reviewed by Madeline Hubbard, RN, BSN

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Itchy, dry, cracked, peeling — if you’ve had chapped lips before, you know how uncomfortable they can be. But what’s the reason for all this discomfort? As it turns out, anything that causes the skin cells of your lips to lose moisture can make your lips feel chapped, but some causes are more straightforward than others. Below are some of the most common causes of chapped lips (also known as cheilitis simplex), as well as several health conditions that may be related to chronic chapped lips.