Can You Treat Chapped Lips with Sunscreen?

Chapped lips can be the result of windy weather, but severe sun burn may also result in the damage of the skin on the lips. Sunscreen is considered an efficient means of treating chapped lips, as this solution typically contains ingredients that are beneficial for the skin and facilitate the skin's regeneration and repair.


Sunscreen is available in the form of creams, lotions, sprays or gels and contains substances that absorb the UVA and UVB rays, protecting the skin from the damaging effects of the sun and preventing sun burns. The protection factor required differs according to the skin tone.

Sunscreen for Chapped Lips

Sunscreen contains numerous ingredients that can be beneficial for chapped lips and consequently can be used as a treatment option. The sun lotions may contain:

  • Natural compounds which hydrate the skin
  • Chemical compounds that help absorb the UV rays

Natural and organic compounds are more beneficial for chapped lips and will speed up the recovery time. The compounds in the sun lotion will help the skin regenerate and hydrate the lips. Sun creams that contain vitamin E are particularly effective in healing the damaged skin. The sunscreen should be applied as many times as possible when the lips are dry. If not applied in sufficient amounts, the skin can get dry and the condition can worsen, leading to bleeding lips and even skin infections.

Ideally, the lip balm used to prevent chapped lips should have a sun protection factor, but sunscreen can be applied separately as well.

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