Oil Glands the Cause of Addiction?
Today someone offered me some lip balm, I said no, it’s addictive in my experience. They seemed surprised. I explained why I thought so. I figured I’d look around on the net too, seeing what others thought about this. Of course, came across this site and many others dealing with the issue. I was surprised not to see anyone mention the reason I had. Now, I didn’t read your whole site, or every site of course, so maybe I missed it.
The idea about the drying chemicals makes sense. But, I think there’s even a more simple reason that could apply to all brands. Back in high school my biology teacher said that when you continuously apply oil to your skin, such as with balm, the oil glands will eventually stop producing the normal amount of oil. It may take several weeks of discontinued use for things to return to a more normal state.
I think this idea explains the addiction very simply. Stopping the balm cold turkey, of course, leads to a burning discomfort. The discomfort and misunderstanding of how long it may take to heal could lead to a quick reapplication, just keeping the glands dormant.
Maybe you already knew this, I just don’t get why I didn’t see it mentioned anywhere on these sites.
It certainly is as good a concept as any we’ve seen. Now, if we could only confirm you teacher’s hypothesis…