Cracked skin around your nose and mouth can make you insecure about your appearance. The dry, often flaky skin is hard to cover with makeup and if treated incorrectly, the condition can worsen. Menopause, lack of moisture in the air, cold weather conditions and using the wrong skin care products can all trigger dry, cracked skin. To heal your skin, provide it with the moisture it needs by adjusting your skin care routine and lifestyle.

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Discontinue the use of soap, alcohol-based skin care products and anti-acne products, because these dry out the skin and may worsen its condition.

Wash your face with a mild, moisturizing facial wash made for dry skin. Massage the wash over your face using gentle circular motions. Rinse your face with lukewarm water and pat it dry with a towel; avoid rubbing the towel over your face because this may aggravate your cracked skin.

Apply a thin layer of petroleum jelly over the cracked skin patches around your mouth and nose. Dab a tissue over it to remove excess greasiness. Petroleum jelly moisturizes dry, cracked skin and helps your skin hold onto water.

Hydrate your skin from the inside out. Drink liquids such as juices and water all through the day to stay hydrated. Add oils like olive oil and canola oil to the foods you eat.

Take a daily multivitamin, because cracked skin may be caused by a lack of vitamins in your diet.

Place a humidifier in your bedroom while you sleep. A humidifier eliminates dry air by adding moisture to it.


  • If you don’t want to apply petroleum jelly during the day, use a facial moisturizing lotion instead and apply petroleum jelly before bedtime.