The cause of a burning sensation and tightness in your upper lip is really quite simple, and as a result, the solution to this is really quite easy, says a dermatologist.

A common complaint is that of a tight and burning upper lip, and sometimes the lower lips as well. What is the cause of this?

“A tight, burning upper lip could be due to a simple case of chapped lips,” says Dr. Janet Prystowsky, who’s a board certified dermatologist in New York, NY, with 30+ years’ experience.

“If there are no other symptoms like blisters or pustules, and only dry, flaky, red skin, then you can treat your lips with Vaseline or Aquaphor,” says Dr. Prystowsky.

“Use a thin layer to cover any irritated skin. Do not lick your lips. This will only make them worse.

“If you can grow a beard, this may help as well. Wearing a scarf or protective clothing over your face while outside will also help.”

A burning, tight sensation in your upper or lower lip is not a symptom of cancer, but if you do see any newly appearing bumps, nodules, mole-like spots or other growths, make an appointment with a dermatologist.

In combination with her focus on early skin cancer detection and removal, Dr. Prystowsky provides a wide range of revitalizing and rejuvenating treatments.
Lorra Garrick has been covering medical, fitness and cybersecurity topics for many years, having written thousands of articles for print magazines and websites, including as a ghostwriter. She’s also a former ACE-certified personal trainer.