Testimony from Grandmother
We received this as a comment on one of the other blog posts but thought it was so nicely written it deserved more attention. Thanks to Mary P. for the testimony.
I am a 53 year old mom and grandmother that finally quit cold turkey from using Blistex Medicated Berry lip balm. Â I had used it for many years. Â I had two in my purse (in case one got lost), one in my night stand, one in the bathroom drawer, one always in my pocket, one on a tray in the kitchen and even two in the living room. Â They were everywhere like rabbits.
My lowest point was having to stop at Walgreen’s because I was on my way to a wedding and discovered I did not have any in my purse. Â We had to make a quick detour to buy some. Â I bought 10 of them, and had to carry them in my purse all day, so they would melt from the summer heat in the car.
I was aware that I was always whipping out my Blistex Medicated Berry balm after every meal, and anytime my lips felt dry. A year ago, my younger sister encouraged me to just quit, but I was not ready yet. Â Finally, after Christmas I was fed up with needing lip balm about four times an hour. Â At that point, it was not relieving the dryness any more, no matter how much or how often I applied it.
On my own, I decided “Enough is enough!” I went cold turkey and stopped using the lip balm completely. Â I told my husband what I was doing for his support. Â After about two days, my upper lip was so dry, it was getting a crack. Â I resisted putting on more of that lip balm, knowing I would be right back in its’ grip. Â I did use a drop of unscented hand cream on the lips just once before I went to bed, to help heal the lip crack while I slept. Â After that, I was fine. Â If my lips felt terribly dry, I did not lick them, but touched a bit of water to them. Â This may sound gross, but another thing that really helped….a few times I used the grease off my own nose to soothe the dry lips. Â I figured it is my own natural chemical, and would help. Â It did. Â Now, I am free of Blistex Medicated Berry lip balm for about 3 weeks now! Â I am so proud that I licked this problem! Â I don’t use any product on my lips anymore, and am doing just fine!
I am here to say that…folks…don’t listen to detractors that laugh-off your addiction to lip balm. Â It is an insidious addiction that is very hard to comprehend or appreciate unless you are a lip balm addict. Â Â I also want to add that I was addicted to Carmex (little white jar with the yellow lid) when I was in my early 20’s. Â I got off that when my first child was born because I wanted to kiss my newborn. Â Years later during a conversation, I learned that my mother-in-law’s sister (who was a nurse on the other side of the country) told me that she too once upon a time was addicted to Carmex. Â I thought I was alone with that problem. Â Somewhere on the web, I read that Carmex is called “Crack for the Lips.” Â It was made to dry up cold sores and has drying agents in it. Â Carmex was as hard to stop as Blistex Medicated Berry Balm.
If you are a lip balm addict, you can quit if you are ready to do so. I went years and years before I just got fed up with the routine. Â It will happen suddenly, and if you are reading this, you are searching for help. Â I think there is a market driven industry that loves if you continually use their product. Â I was shocked to read about the little girl that applied crayon to her lips at school when she realized she left her lip balm at home. Â Remember this mantra…if you don’t start, you don’t have to stop. If you are addicted, you are stronger than you know! Sign me…lip balm free! So long Blistex! Â All product into the trash where it belongs.