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Apple Cider Vinegar And Chapped/burned Lips? Help!

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#1 Isabella17

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Posted 12 April 2012 - 06:17 AM

I started using ACV topical about 3 weeks ago. About 2 weeks ago, I started taking 1 tablespoon, 2x a day internally. I do believe it is working to clear up my face (I had a hysterectomy a year ago and since then have had adult acne that I never had before). However, a week ago I developed horrible chapped lips. It is almost like they are sunburned. They hurt a lot. I have been putting jojoba oil on them along with a natural lip balm I have been using for about 6 months. A few times it feels like they are getting better (they start to peel a bit) only to wake up the next morning feeling painful and burning.

Everything I have seen online says ACV is actually good for chapped lips so I am not sure it is the ACV causing the issue. I actually think it is more likely a new multivitamin I started a few days prior to waking up to chapped lips. They contained 417% of the daily allowance of vitamin B12. After looking online, it appears that some people react to too much vitamin B12 and/or the source. I stopped taking them about 5 days ago but my lips are still painful (I am not taking any multivitamins right now - just vitex, vitamine e and calcium/magnesium/zinc).

Could the ACV internally be causing my painful lips? Or is it more likely the new multivitamins and it is just taking a while for the B12 to get out of my system and/or my lips to recover.

Thanks for any help! I want to keep up the ACV both internally and topically as I am seeing an improvement (regardless of the nasty taste - mixed with apple juice it is much better but there is just so much sugar in apple juice).

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Posted 12 April 2012 - 06:33 AM

Sorry, but how can you think strong acids could be good for chapped lips? Of course it's causing it. Keep the ACV away and it will heal right up.

I just used Seabuckthorn Oil Soap for couple months, that's all. Gently eradicated my type of acne at its core.

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Posted 13 April 2012 - 06:11 AM

Sorry, but how can you think strong acids could be good for chapped lips? Of course it's causing it. Keep the ACV away and it will heal right up.


I was hoping for a non-sarcastic, not rude answer. Thank you for your (lack of) input. I do not put ACV *on* my lips. I only mentioned that when I googled ACV and chapped lips, many sites listed it as good for chapped lips.

If anyone has any helpful, insightful, based on experience answers, I would appreciate it. Thank you!

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Posted 13 April 2012 - 06:59 AM

Are you diluting the ACV when you use it topically?
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Posted 13 April 2012 - 09:04 AM

Yes, I diluted to about 1 parts ACV to 6 parts water. I also added some tea tree oil and green tea. I don't rub it on my lips and stay clear of that area in general.

I am wondering if I have a Candida issue due to the pH of my mouth changing. I use a straw when I drink the ACV/water mixture but it isn't totally bypassing my mouth. But at the same time, I am pretty sure I see no thrush issue *in* my mouth.

Thanks!

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Posted 05 October 2012 - 06:55 PM

I am experiencing the same problem. I was taking apple cider vinegar pills (almost 2 weeks) to help clear my skin and now my lips are severely chapped and cracked. They've been this way for about three days. I never get chapped lips so I def know its from the ACV pills.

How did you heal your lips? This is so uncomfortable.

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Posted 05 October 2012 - 09:39 PM

Cheilitis (fancy name for chronic chapped lips)

Cheilitis is a medical condition involving inflammation of the lip.
It is associated with many conditions, including megaloblastic anemia from vitamin B12 deficiency, iron deficiency anemia (which in severe cases can lead to Plummer-Vinson syndrome) and oral candidiasis. It can also be a symptom of allergies, such as allergy to Balsam of Peru.[1] Cheilitis can also be caused by taking the (retinoid) drug Isotretinoin (brand name Roaccutane) (BNF84).[2]

Other drugs reported to have induced chapped lips include:

  • High doses of vitamin A
  • Lithium
  • Chemotherapeutic agents (busulfan and actinomycin)
  • D-penicillamine
  • Isoniazid
  • Phenothiazine


A lot of anecdotal reports say that it is the candidasis or other yeast problem. This page has a lot of people claiming OTC Lotramin or Clotrimazole, which are antifungal creams, cleared it up.

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