Lips Twitching


download (23)Lips twitching is a sensation that is not uncommon. Usually it is not too serious of a tic, but it is very irritating at times. You can experience twitching in both lips or the upper or lower at one time, and this occurrence is usually associated with stress, caffeine or alcohol use, potassium deficiency, hormones, or just plain tiredness & exhaustion.

Although lip twitching in most circumstances is not chronic, when it does occur more  every so than often it could be caused by something other than the aforementioned non-serious reasons. This is when you should schedule and appointment with your doctor so he/she can see if there is something more serious that is underlying behind the twitches.

Lips Twitching Superstitions

There are many reasons medically that your lips twitching may be occurring, however before we get into detail on the medical terminology- we thought you may like to know some fun facts about what the different superstitions that are associated with lip twitching:

  • If your upper lip twitches you should expect a kiss very soon either someone will give you one or you will give someone one.
  • If the left side lip twitches on your lip, it could mean that something negative is about to happen in your life.
  • If the right side lip twitches something good is going to happen to you in your life.

What Causes Lips Twitching?

Lips twitching is a sensation that happens when muscles in the lips and around them, contract or spasm. This contraction can be very quick or it could be delayed in a slower motion.

When Lips Twitch Occasionally

When every so often but not too often your lips twitch, it could be caused by things such as:

  • Withdrawals from alcohol, nicotine, or illegal drug use
  • Too much caffeine intake
  • Anxiety disorders
  • Compromise to facial nerves
  • Fatigue, sleep deprivation

When Lips Twitch Chronically

If your lips twitching is happening chronically and more than a few times a week, then there may be more serious causes behind it including:

Parkinson’s Disease:

Parkinson’s Disease is a condition that impacts the nerves that are located all over the body. As this disease progresses muscles, twitches, jerking, and uncontrollable spasms occur in the lips, eyes, extremities, face, and more. The cause for chronic lip twitching may be attributed by this disease or could be early signs that you may have it.

Bell’s Palsy:

Bell’s Palsy is a disease that heavily affects the nerves of your face. This condition also damages all the facial nerves and could bring on other symptoms besides lips twitching such as partial facial paralysis, slurred speech, droop in the face. swelling and puffiness, and more.

Tremor Syndrome:

There are various conditions that cause tremors whether it is trauma or just a condition that you get from heredity- that can result in chronic lip twitching. This could be side effects of medication, or withdrawals from them. Stress can also trigger these sorts of tremors that play a large role in lips twitching.


Ticks can be brought on by many conditions that are non-specific, Typically they worsen as someone’s stress level is heightened. These so called ticks can impact the facial nerves and cause spasms and twitches in the eyes, face, and lips. Ticks come and go but they often occur repeatedly in small amounts of time.

Facial Spasms:

Fatigue and anxiety can often cause facial spasms that impact the lips and eyes. This twitching occurs for no reason or for many that are inconclusive. The best thing you can do for yourself is to de-stress, get enough sleep, or ask your medical professional for an anti-anxiety med that may help alleviate the annoyance.

More Causes:

Among the many causes for lips twitching, there are  few that can cause chronic lip twitching, It could be Tourettes, or something known as DiGeorge. The best way to find out what is causing your twitching is to consult with a medical professional.

Remedies for Lips Twitching

When you have more than a few occurrences of lips twitching, you should consult with your doctor. In the meantime whether your condition is temporary or chronic- there are a few remedies and fixes that can help you spare the nuisance from happening so often. It may take some time for the twitching to halt, but here are several tips to help you cope with it better in the duration.

  • Try heat compresses where your lips twitching is happening
  • Avoid overuse of caffeine and alcohol
  • Get adequate sleep, meditate or exercise to help with anxiety and fatigue
  • Eat healthy and include foods in your diet that are rich in essential nutrients like magnesium, potassium, etc.

These should help to alleviate some of the aggravation caused by lips twitching, but do consider that if the condition does not improve or if it is associated with other symptoms that it will take medical intervention to diagnose and treat chronic lips twitching caused by more serious conditions.