Hands Off: Will Angular Cheilitis Go Away on its Own?

My mother used to try to instill a “hands off” policy within me as it pertained to problematic skin conditions. She implored me to keep my hands off my face as my fingers all too readily inspected a zit that just flared up, a rash that surfaced, or lips that flared up due to angular cheilitis.

But will staying the course, doing nothing, and keeping hands to one’s side mean the end of perleche? The good news is that cheilitis should eventually go away … but the not so good news is that it can take months to heal (worst case scenario). But even if it does dissipate quicker, say within a couple of weeks, another round of angular cheilitis can be around the proverbial corner.

Why Won’t Angular Cheilitis Go Quickly Away on Its Own?

Consider location, location, and location. Perleche happens to exist on a body part that we use all too much, our lips. It becomes more difficult to heal cuts when the skin cells of constantly moving lips attempt to close the wounds. Perhaps I should pinpoint the primary instigator, our darting tongues, that may drip saliva on existing perleche, only exacerbating the problem.

Food and other particles may find safe harbor in the cracks too, prolonging healing time. Using cleansing products around our delicate mouth, too, may inflame the area. (Ensure that you use a mild cleanser – check ingredients.)

The ‘it will go away on its own’ perspective is also undermined because angular cheilitis is often created due to a bacterial or fungal infection. Many times, our immune systems are not powerful enough to contain and defeat microbes, particularly when we bombard ourselves with stress on a daily basis.

To Leave Perleche Alone … or to Intercede, That is the Question

As such, I would only recommend doing nothing under the following circumstances: You could not care less about how cheilitis appears on your face and that its symptoms are not getting worse. You don’t want a mild form of angular cheilitis to turn into something much more severe.

On the opposite side of the spectrum, those who want to immediately resolve perleche may seek out a knowledgeable doctor or dermatologist. Time and money may be an issue, however, especially if a costly antibacterial or antifungal prescription has to be filled and your insurance does not cover it.

Read about all the treatment options you have on this website. We’ve categorized them according to the following domains: home and natural remedies, over-the-counter treatments, and prescription treatments. You will probably find that one perfect option for you.

In summary, angular cheilitis may very well go away on its own … later than probably sooner, and remember, your respite may be a short one. Another angular cheilitis attack may surface. Why not research and carefully implement those options that seem to hold the most promise?

My loving mom wasn’t always right and sometimes a ‘hands on’ approach is preferable.