The condition looks very similar to chapped lips which is caused by the cold or UV light.
The lower lip is usually more commonly affected than the upper lip and usually affects the outer edge of the lips – the Vermillion border.
The appearances include:
- The outer border between the lip and the skin may be less defined.
- Crusting & Cracking
- Swelling & Inflammation
- The skin may be thinner (see photo)
In addition there may be:
- White areas called leukoplakia (see photo)
- Areas of ulceration
Angular Cheilitis can be painful and cause the lips to bleed.