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We want to help you understand your skin, so that you know what’s going on with it, what to put on it, and how to care for it. Sciency stuff that answers so many of your skin questions, written in a clear and simple way. Penned by our founder, Ee Ting Ng.

Lowdown on Lips

24 February, 2018

Lowdown on Lips

Lips are easily the most neglected part of our face.

Although they look nothing like facial skin, they are in similar in some ways.

Structural similarities and differences

Like the skin of our face, skin on lips are also consists of 2 main layers - (outer) epidermal layer and (inner) dermal layer.

Unlike facial skin, lips

  • Are much thinner

    The lips' outermost layer of epidermis (stratum corneum) is about 5 times thinner than that of normal facial skin.

  • Does not produce oil

    As lips lack oil glands, they do not produce oil (sebum). They are also free from hair and sweat glands.

  • Are less pigmented

    Lips have much less pigment (melanin), which means they are not as coloured as the rest of our skin. Therefore, they take on the red colour of the underlying dermis layer, which has lots of blood vessels.

  • What it all means

    What do these differences translate to?

    Their thinnest and lack of oil production means lips are very prone to dryness and sensitivity, more so than other parts of the face. That's why your lips can be constantly chapped even though the rest of your skin is oily.

    Our lips need extra protection and moisture. You would think using any lip balm should do, but that isn't always the case. Find out why in our next lips installment!