Sandpaper Lip Rash

by Anonymous

I have had strep throat for about a week. I live in New York and right now it's very cold and snowy, and I am on antibiotics. Two days ago I noticed a sandpaper-like feeling on my upper lip in a little cluster, but you can't see them. You can only see the rash if you look really hard in good lighting because it has no color. The rash is not swollen and there is no itch, no burn, and my lips look normal.

However, it started to spread with just 2 or 3 other dots on the rest of my upper lip and none on the bottom. I can only feel them if I lick my lips or rub my lips together since they're too fine and small for my finger to feel. Also, right next to the first cluster is a small bump that is red and visible bordering my skin and lip, but it doesnt hurt.

I have tried exfoliating my lips and moisturizing them but it doesn't help.

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Sep 01, 2020
Sandpaper Lips
by: Shirley

I got the lip rash after drinking a quart of mango juice over a weeks time. I had not had mango juice in a long time, so I thought it might be nice. Wrong! No more mango juice or mangoes for me. Ever.

Apr 12, 2018
Cured with Natural Vitamin E Oil
by: Anonymous

I cured my weird red lumpy tight lipped condition overnight. I opened up a capsule of high potency Natural Vitamin E (1000 IU). The capsule is full of Vitamin E oil. I dabbed and rubbed it all over my lips and skin around the mouth. The next morning the condition had almost disappeared completely. I expect that if you have had it for a long time and the condition is very bad, you would need to repeat this over a number of days and nights.

Nov 19, 2017
Sand Paper Itchy Lip Rash
by: Anonymous

I did eat mangoes last week and I started to have this rash coming and and it is freaking me out. I do not know how to treat it. I took some allergy tablets but I do not think they are working. I put some pawpaw cream on it to moisturize but still no effect. Any suggestions?

Sep 21, 2016
Gritty and Sandy Lips
by: Anonymous

After a slight reaction to some blood pressure medications (slight face - mostly under eyes - swelling), I was taken off Lisinopril. I had a "sandy lips" reaction I thought was from a dental cleaning/exam the same week, and maybe the gloves the hygenist wore. I changed medications, but the gritty feel is back. As others have said, nothing much seemed to help. Although there was no itching, burning, or redness, it still was aggravating to have. Has anybody else had a reaction without eating mangoes?

Aug 31, 2016
Freaking Out!
by: Anonymous

This just happened like the day before yesterday and I am freaking out. I haven't eaten any mangoes and this has never happened before. I just want it to go away. I will try the cortisone ointment. I hope it works.

Apr 27, 2016
Tiny Sand Grain Bumps on Lips
by: Anonymous

I had this for years. Cortisone the ointment not the cream works very good. It sounds weird but I have been using it since 2012 and it has worked for me.

Apr 27, 2015
Sandpaper Lips and Burning and Itchy!
by: Pamela

Wow. I am nursing right now and was thinking I might be getting thrush on my lips somehow? Yet not having mangoes in a long time, I was a little suspicious of them, but didn't think twice since I always ate them before.

I have been eating mangoes over the last couple of days because I finally found some good ones, but I guess I am not eating them anymore! I am so glad I found this page! My lips and the irritation is also spreading a bit out from my lip. It's bumpy or feels rough and it itches.

Mar 27, 2015
Sandpaper Lips Due to Mangoes
by: Anonymous

The same thing happened to me after eating ripe mangoes last night. I noticed my upper lip feeling gritty about two hours later. It does go away on its own after a few days. I just use Vaseline to keep my lips moist and protected.

Mar 20, 2012
Sand Paper Lip Rash
by: Anonymous

My lip rash has disappeared since I last posted. I had the rash as long as I ate mangoes and when I stopped eating them after reading about the rash on this site, the rash I had dried up and flaked off leaving my lips soft and smooth again.

So then, I'm convinced the rash was caused by mangoes and I'm done with them! No more mangoes for me... Ever!

Mar 06, 2012
Lip Rash from Mangos
by: Anonymous

Mangos have an oil on the outer skin that some people are allergic to. The oil causes a rash. It's called "Mango Dermatitis". I have this allergy and I can eat mangos as long as the skin doesn't touch my lips. You have to cut the skin off first and just eat the fruit part.

I had a terrible rash on my face and went to a dermatologist and as soon as I walked in the door the receptionist said "Have you been eating mangos recently?" So it must be a common thing.
Sure enough I had bought and eaten mangos earlier that week and my lips were all over the skin of the mango, which is what caused it. So cut off the skin and see if that helps.

Feb 10, 2012
Sandpaper Lip Rash
by: Anonymous

I have the same kind of rash, mostly on my upper lip. It's very hard to see because my lips look the same as always and are not swollen or painful but when I run my tongue over the rash, it feels rough like sandpaper.

I hadn't eaten mangos in about two years and last week, I bought and ate some. I would not have suspected an allergic reaction to mangos since I had eaten them before with no problem. I wonder, can one develop allergies toward something one's not been previously allergic to?
Thanks for the insight though.

Jul 15, 2011
by: kimbo : )

The same things are going on with me oddly enough. I have been eating mangos the last few days and I also have a geographical tongue. So I have a slight allergy to acidic things. I wonder if it is related.

Apr 21, 2010
Answer to your question regarding lip rash.
by: Anonymous


My sister had the exact same thing happen to her.
It lasted about 2 to 3 weeks, we later found out that it was some freak allergy to mangos.

Did yours go away? Did you eat mangos by chance and then that happened?

How long did it take before it went away?

Please let me know.

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