Last Modified on Apr 01, 2016
Any condition that affects the mouth or area around the mouth can cause discomfort and even added frustration – just think about how many times you use your mouth each day for eating, drinking, smiling, talking…At any rate, angular cheilitis is one of the most uncomfortable mouth conditions as it causes excessive sensitivity at the corners of the mouth. However, with a few of our favorite home remedies, including yogurt, bee propolis, and castor oil, you’ll find relief in no time.
What Is Angular Cheilitis?
Angular cheilitis is a common condition that is called by a number of different names include perleche, angular stomatitis, corner of mouth sores, and cracked lip corners. By any name, the condition is the same. The corners of your mouth are extremely sensitive and may range in level of discomfort from that of minor chapped lips to cracked lesions. The condition may also cause the corners of the mouth to crack and split. As angular cheilitis is caused by a bacteria that is naturally present in our saliva, it is common among people of all ages and either gender.
Common Treatments for Perleche
Generally speaking, people attempt to treat perleche in one of three ways: doing nothing, going to the doctor, or treating it at home. While many cases may improve on their own, they may also worsen unexpectedly. Additionally, while medical treatment may be effective for reducing the symptoms of the condition, it often doesn’t remedying the underlying cause, which is why we suggest using natural, at-home remedies.
Do Natural Treatments Work to Treat Mouth Sores?
Natural treatments function to restore balance in the body and to moisturize and replenish the affected skin. While you can try any number of home treatment options, we suggest beginning with yogurt, bee propolis, and castor oil.
Yogurt contains active bacteria cultures or probiotics. These cultures help restore the natural balance of bacteria in the body and eliminate angular cheilitis. It also helps moisturize the skin.
2. Bee Propolis
The sticky resin that bees collect from trees and vegetables, bee propolis is full of important nutrients. When applied to the corners of the mouth, it helps fight infection and soothe the skin.
3. Castor Oil
Castor oil also helps treat mouth sores as it fights infection and inflammation. It also helps restore the natural moisture of the skin.
If you have ever had a mouth sore, you know how important it is to treat them quickly and effectively. Give one of our treatment options a try or continue reading below for many more remedies from our readers and let us know what worked for you!
Remedies for Angular Cheilitis
The Popularity of Angular Cheilitis Remedies - Full List
|Castor Oil and Baking Soda||1||2010-01-15|
|Castor Oil and Boric Acid||1||2015-06-04|
|Flax Seed Oil||1||2009-09-29|
|Heavy Metal Detox||0||2009-10-20|
|Hydrogen Peroxide, Baking Soda||1||2014-11-23|
|Milk of Magnesia||2||2014-07-18|
|Over The Counter||6||2013-08-10|
|Raw Honey and Garlic||1||2016-01-13|
|Tea Tree Oil||0||2010-09-20|
|Tea Tree Oil, Coconut Oil||1||2014-08-11|
|Tea Tree Oil, Vitamin E||1||2012-09-19|
|Vitamin B Complex||2||2013-02-19|
|Vitamin B2 (Riboflavin)||4||2015-07-05|
[YEA] Propolis Balm for lips (5% of Propolis, 20% of Butter shea) cured my angular cheilitis in 2 days.
The problem was due to drooling during sleep, so if you happen to have the same problem, just put some balm for lips at night and you're done :-)
Anyway, I also have seborrheic dermatitis on the face for which current evidence demonstrates that it results from a nonspecific immune response to Malassezia yeasts.
***Complete paper --> Malassezia Yeasts Implicated in Atopic Dermatitis
Research on Propolis already shown results on Malassezia for dogs who had dermatitis.
*** Complete paper --> The Antimycotic Effectt of Some Bee Products and Vegetal Extracts on Genus Malassezia Fungi
I'm actually testing Propolis' supplements (3 caps / day), I'll let you know if I have results.
I hope this will help you, Feel free to let me know if you have any question.
[YEA] Bee Propolis cured my Angular Cheilitis. I had a painful rip at the corner of my mouth that would not go away for a week. Last night, I added three drops of Bee Propolis tincture and slept on it. The next morning (today) the rip healed significantly. Will keep adding drops today!
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YEA (1) 33% NAY (1) 33% SIDE EFFECT (1) 33%Posted by Bryan Martin (Dayton, Ohio) on 01/15/2010
[YEA] I have suffered with angular cheilitis for many years. I have tried many things including, antibacterial cream, cortisone cream, fungal cream, tea tree oil, oregano oil, hydrogen peroxide and more. I had some success with tea tree at keeping the sores from getting larger but nothing has helped to diminish them until now. My angular cheilitis was a pretty severe case with a raise "sore" at the corner of my lips that was at least the size of a dime, and then raised up somewhere between 5-7 millimeters. The condition has really hurt my self esteem. Thankfully I finally found a way to rid myself of angular cheilitis. I made a paste of castor oil and baking soda and applied it over night. After just one application my angular cheilitis was reduced by half, several more and it now almost completely gone! This remedy has been easy, cheap, and it's the only thing I have ever found to be effective. Just mix some castor oil and baking soda until it makes a thick heavy paste and leave on over night. It will burn some but it really really really helps!
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YEA (1) 100%Posted by Grammie4u (British Columbia, Canada) on 06/04/2015
[YEA] I have had Angular Cheilitis off and on for several yrs. Finally I have found something that really works. You must use Castor Oil which is Food Safe and not used for medicinal purposes but for topical use. You can buy a large bottle in Canada for $12.00. Put a 1/8 tsp. of Boric Acid....not Borax and a few drops of Castor Oil in the palm of your hand and make a paste out it, apply before bed and in the morning you will see results.
BETTER BUT NOT CURED (1) 100%Posted by K.A. (Cape Town, Rsa) on 11/16/2009
[BETTER BUT NOT CURED] First, thank you all a million --and especially to Ted from Thailand, as my terrible oral Thrush started going away as soon as I started his protocol. Very severe case, as I had no idea what it was and treated it with Corsodyl mouthwash for bacteria.
But, the angular chelitis on my lip corners has been very resistant. That is where the infection started, but until the Thrush went inside my mouth and turned white, I thought I had cut myself with dental floss, or burned my mouth on coffee and maybe it had gotten infected--therefore, I treated it incorrectly until the entire inside of my mouth, tongue, tonsil area and palate were covered with white plaques, and the corners of my lips cracked so that I could not talk for 4 days-- until I started the Apple Cider Vinegar, Hydrogen Peroxide anti yeast diet heavy acidoplilus.
Even when this was clearing up well, the lip corners did not respond. That is when I tried OTC antifungal (some result), tea tree oil (no result), lavender oil (very soothing but no rememdy)...the application of ACV did not help, nor did (name brand) lip ointment with alantoin (sp?) to reduce keratin formation.
But, this Dakins Solution has worked a treat...so I wanted to let you all know, in case you have a similar problem.
I found a recipe for Dakins Solution: 1/4tsp household bleach (sodium hypochlorite only) in 1/2 cup water. Pinch of Bicarbonate of Soda optional.
I rinsed with this and within a few hours the inflammation was noticably reduced, and the cracks were less "oozy". For the first time, I feel that my lips are actually healing, rather than just not getting worse.
I wanted to put a little lavender oil on them, but I am just holding off and letting them dry out a bit.
I will continue on the anti-yeast diet and ACV, H202 tonic--because I have had such a bad sinus for years that I think I might have had a long-term yeast problem and not known it. I catch every flu around, and my sinus infection is chronic and I don't treat with antibiotics anymore for fear of developing resistance.
Does anyone know how to get the Allantoin that reduces keratin formation in some other form other than that popular ointment? It is very expensive here in Africa, and it works so great on anything chapped or scar forming?
Thank you all again for all the great advice and I have sent this site to several friends, whom I know will love it!
EC: More about Dakin's Solution: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dakin's_Solution
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Posted by K. In La (Los Angeles, Ca) on 11/27/2014
NO FISH OIL - To treat another condition I had been taking Cod Liver Oil (CLO 1500mg) and occasionally coconut oil (1000mg). Reading about Krill Oil I then added that (2000mg) and took the other two more regularly. My skin became a bit dryer but I thought it was from my heater being on overnight due to fall/winter weather. Then I developed the cracked corner lips and thinking I was just dehydrated expected them to heal with extra water over a day or two. A week later it hadn't healed and I knew something was wrong.
Thinking it was an infection, I tried tea tree oil or grapeseed oil, along with castor oil and then Listerine before bed. It would help overnight but return by the end of the next day.
I then thought about my diet. The only significant change I had to my diet was the addition of the Krill oil, and increase in CLO and Coconut oil. Doing research on Angular Cheilitis I found this:
"In general, dietary intake of natural, vitamin A rich sources like fish oils and cod liver oil increases the risk of developing angular cheilitis."
I immediately stopped all the other oils and started a Primrose Oil (1000mg to reduce inflammation) along with a B-50 complex twice a day. I would also poke a Vitamin E capsule and squeeze the contents onto my lips like a lip gloss. In the morning and evenings I'd drink a great Detox tea with dandelion root, licorice root, burdock, and other great liver supporting elements.
The condition began healing overnight. It took 3-4 days to completely exfoliate and renew the skin, but it's healed completely.
If your diet or location has changed in the past few months your system may be out of balance from changes in food and/or water sources. If you're taking supplements, optional medications, or beverages you may want to stop, detox and go vegan/green for a few weeks. And be patient. Healing from the outside in takes time; and the more out of balance your system, the longer the wait.
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YEA (1) 100%Posted by Janet G. (Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada) on 09/29/2009
[YEA] after one bad year of chelitis i found something totally at random which was very effective. i noticed that once i introduced flax oil daily to my diet the problem quickly vanished. i took a total of 6 capsules daily at 3 intervals the capsules were 1000 mg. each. i have never had the condition again. so 2 capsules 3 times daily...inexpensive and it worked.
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Posted by Rob (North Hollywood, California) on 09/26/2011
I thought I had perioral dermatitis. red bumps around lips, dry cracking lips, corner of mouth cracked and bleeding. I went to Dermatologist and he immediately diagnosed it as Cheilitis. He prescribed Nystatin and Triamcinolone Acetonide Cream. After two days my symptons were 80 percent gone. After 3 days, 95 percent gone. Truly ecstatic with the results!
Posted by Martin (Tipperary, 0) on 06/15/2011
I found a message board from Dr. Stoll when doing some searches on Angular Cheilitis Home Remedy. I found no other solutions online except Dr.Walts recomendation to take b 100 vitamins. A few weeks later and its totally cleared up and hasn't come back.
Posted by KT (Irvine, California) on 04/15/2009
Hello everyone, my lips have bothered me since I was little. Only 4 years ago I finally realized my toothpastes are doing it to me (having changed many over the years). For some time Crest whitening Scope worked just fine, now - I am getting a reaction to that too. My lips dry out and peel all the time even with herbal toothpastes like Tom's, Peelu, Vicco (some being Ayurvedic)!!! Please help with a TOOTHPASTE SUGGESTION that does not harm lips. Currently I am brushing my teeth with Baking Soda, Orange Grind & Indian Mustard Oil. This isn't helping much either!!! I've also started with Zinc & B2 supplement. Let's see what happens. Also bought Lysine cold sore treatment today. Will report later how it goes.
EC: Here's a post on EC that may help: http://www.earthclinic.com/cures/dental-health.html#BSKSP
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Posted by Suzanne Dunning (Oakland, CA) on 12/20/2008
I am curious if you have any remedies for Angular Cheilitis- About a week ago, I started having this little crack at the corner of my mouth- it gets flaky, and is painful, and won't go away- I've been putting lavender and tea tree oil on it. Any ideas? Thanks
EC: New page created, thank you for the suggestion!
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Posted by 007rg (Sherman Oaks, Ca) on 10/20/2009
Heavy metal detox: i've been battling angular cheilitis for years... think it started when i was pretty young and got a mouthful of silver/mercury amalgams. from all of my research which has been extensive bc need to finally get rid of angular cheilitis forever. turns out that heavy metal poisoning causes the body to farm candida to bind with the metals which in turn can cause angular cheilitis. basically get rid of the metals in your system then start to eliminate candida. they seem to go hand in hand with me. also caused health issues like hyperthyroidism, loss of hair, brain fog, muscle & joint aches... i've recently removed 80% of my amalgams and waiting for financial stability to get rid of the rest. wish the process wasn't so expensive but so far it's helping. hope this info saves some of you a lot of time and despair.
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YEA (1) 100%Posted by Marty (Vancouver, Canada) on 11/23/2014
[YEA] I recently came down with angular cheilitis, I tried different home remedies after getting 40 dollar bottle of cream from doctor (waste of cash and time). Truth is that it wouldn't clear up until I sanitized my mouth first (flush for one min with 3%hydrogen peroxide) and yes it stung, especially where the bacteria or fungus or whatever it was had been proliferating. It stings, however as I gargled and flushed, the size and number of spots disappeared quite fast, but I continued even after the stinging stopped, just reduced from 4 times a day down to 2 times a day. All the while I would wash the cracks and surrounding area with hydrogen peroxide, dry off and then apply damp baking soda to the entire site, and yes that stung but I found that the baking soda reversed the spread literally in 24 hrs and yes the first time I went to sleep with the baking soda on my face. It was on approx 6 to 8 hrs while I slept. Signs of spread and redness were clearly evident.
During the times I did not have the baking soda on, I washed my lips and affected areas with the hydrogen peroxide and left it for a minute or so and then I applied a product called correctx(my wife is a rep for essential oils and she gave that to me) basically I kept water and or moisture from getting into cracks this way. Don't confuse water in hydrogen peroxide as regular water. I flushed regularly with the peroxide and did half hour stints during day when not working using baking soda, then washed area with hydrogen peroxide and applied something to keep water from saliva and drinking water out. 4 days later it is almost completely gone. But remember it will sting at first, the less it stings indicates progress. Just for those who say they have a high pain threshold, if u cant handle this don't say u have a high pain threshold but couldn't hack it
BETTER BUT NOT CURED (1) 100%Posted by Penny (Oregon) on 09/03/2015
[BETTER BUT NOT CURED] My first response is to say that there is absolutely nothing simple about AC else we wouldn't need these chat rooms. I like the idea of flax seed and the MSM.
I am not cured but I accidentally came upon something that helps with the worst of the symptoms, the cracks and sores, but does not stop the sloughing at the corners of the mouth nearly to my chin and I am also convinced the same sloughing around my nose. My husband brought home some dried fruit, which I was unfamiliar with but immediately fell in love with - so delicious! It is dried Mango from the Phillipines. If I eat half a dozen pieces daily the sores are gone. Now if I can just get rid of the skin sloughing! I am not sure which ingredient in the dried Mango helps, but I suspect it is at least in part to the Vit A. Now I am off to try the MSM and flax seed which is such a lovely assist and I do not mind using it at all.
I have another embarrassing symptom (sounds worse than it looks) that I am curious if anybody else has because I think it is related to the AC. In the nares of my nose I get hundreds of white heads, not pus, just white heads. If I run the side of the tweezers with a tiny amount of pressure, they just explode! I have always had a few over the years, but it seems if the AC is active so are they. ( no it isn't visible! ) Anybody else experience this? To treat this, I have been using Frankincense oil applied directly to the inside of my nose and it seems to help significantly, & no I do not use a carrier oil just because I want the full impact and it doesn't burn, sting or blister! I have had AC for nearly 15 years, tried many remedies, this is not a remedy, but it keeps the discomfort and sores at bay. So eat your Mango~