Chapped lips are a pain, but you’ll probably never complain about them again if you get a bout of angular cheilitis. It’s a lip-cracking condition that’s often confused for simple dryness, but it’s actually a far bigger pain in the neck and almost certainly how The Joker got his scars.
Symptoms of Angular Cheilitis
While dryness is spread fairly evenly over lips, angular cheilitis affects only the corners of your mouth. It looks and feels like papercuts, most noticeably when you open your mouth wider than usual. Itching, redness and crustiness are the other tell-tale signs.
Treating Angular Cheilitis
As it’s an infection, lip balms aren’t the best bet for treating the cracked skin. Chat to your chemist (or doctor, if you’re under the care of one), they usually prescribe an over-the-counter thrush cream and a course of multivitamins.
After a glob of Canesten, a barrier cream should serve to prevent further cracking and will soothe some of the soreness. Once you’re using the prescribed treatments, you should see results fairly quickly. You’ll be biting into apples in no time at all!