The Forty-Year Addiction and Blistex DCT

Hi Kevin,

dctI love your website.. Just brilliant. I always thought I was alone with this addiction.

I started using when I was 13 years old. I am now 53! Forty years of slathering grease on my lips. I started with simple Blistex chapstick and  gradually moved on to the heroin of chapsticks: Blistex DCT (not a stick, it’s a little pot of chemicals). I have chapstick everywhere…. Several in my purse, my nightstand, my desk…. I have to use it  every couple of hours during the day and once or twice in the middle of the night. A few times I left home without it, panicked, turned around and drove back to retrieve my stash.  I worry about running out so I stock up. Most retail stores have stopped selling this DCT brand (my chapstick of choice)  so I have to order it on line from amazon. I have about 20 tubs at the moment.

My husband teases me about my chapstick use and doesn’t believe it’s an addiction. My family look at me strangely when I whip out my goop at the dinner table. My friends think it’s just nerves… But I know the truth: I am terrified of withdrawal. Why? I went through withdrawal twice years ago and it was a nightmare. I sensed my chapstick use was excessive so I thought it was time to break the habit. I tried to stop cold turkey. To my horror, each day my lips got drier and drier and cracked and bled and shriveled. They looked and felt awful.This went on for 2 weeks and did not get better. So I finally gave in. I stuck my finger into the blistex pot, scooped some lifesaving goop and slathered it on my painful lips. Instant relief! All symptoms disappeared. I felt normal again.

Since my terrible withdrawal experience, I tried to switch brands. Something more natural from the health food store. They don’t work! Only DCT does the job.

I just wanted to share my story to emphasize that this addiction is real and can last a lifetime. Although I am fearful about trying to stop again I may try your 12 step program. Thanks for creating the website.. I had a good laugh and then here I am fessin’ up!

Regards,
Debbie

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I’m glad you found something on our site humorous, though I’m not sure what that would be. But, your story certainly illustrates the long-term dangers of using lip balms.

Blistex DCT is yet-another product in a long line of addictive products. Billing itself as “Daily Conditioning Treatment for Lips”, the product oozes addictive propaganda from it’s website. Some balms try to hide their addictive properties by saying they should be used when lips are chapped, but not DCT. The website text reads in part “DCT keeps your lips in perfect condition every day of the year, in all climates, through all activities.”

In other words, once you start you’re hooked! For the rest of your life! Think we’re joking? Have you forgotten Debbie’s story and her 40 year addiction?

Debbie’s story about only feeling “normal” while taking lip balm is not uncommon, especially after such a long time of usage. Given that weaning and cold turkey don’t seem to be effective, I’ve referred Debbie to a local LBA chapter where she can get the help she so desperately needs.

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9 Responses to “The Forty-Year Addiction and Blistex DCT”
  1. Candy says:

    I AM A CHAPSTICK ADDICT! I LIKE THE BRAND CHAPSTICK BLACKLABEL. I NEED HELP & I THINK THESE COMPANIES KNOW ITS ADDICTIVE.

  2. Alex says:

    I thought I was the only one addicted to Blistex DCT. I don’t know what they put in these little jars but it’s pure Heroin for the Lips. Once you start using it you are hooked. I actually stopped using for a bunch of years only to start again after a long airplane flight and having extremly dry chapped lips that were in heat. I finally landed and grabed some Carmex but that brand didn’t give me the same silky feeling of Blistex DCT does on my lips. I just ordered a 12 Pack on Amazon. They don’t even sell single jars anymore!! I’m actually greatful they stopped selling it at Walgreens because that’s when I originally stopped using. Now I’m using again.. :(

  3. Kristen says:

    Ordering more DCTat this very moment. Can’t get enough!!!!

  4. Janis says:

    I am 61 yrs young and have been using this DCT product since I was 16 yrs old. If I do not protect my lips from the Sun exposure they can blister and blow up VERY painfully……….hence my finger dips into this little bowl and spreads it all over my beautiful, Sun protected lips multiple times a day. I never thought of it as an addiction……just a necessity . Sometimes other people dip into my bowl and it makes them happy. I have been looking for this being sold in all the regular locations with no success. I am looking forward to the arrival of my 12 pack from Amazon

  5. Tena says:

    I could have written this post word for word, minus the trying to quit part. I actually found this site looking to buy more as I can’t find it anywhere anymore where I live…I’ve been addicted for 28 years now. I desperately want to stop, but don’t know how. I am quitting smoking, yet can’t quit my addiction to Blistex DCT, how sad is that?!

  6. Lynn says:

    I totally relate to all the other folks who talk about how wonderful DCT is! If only these stores knew how short-sighted they’re being by discontinuing this necessary product. I will not switch to another brand, I will find it wherever I need to. Cannot live without it!

  7. Barbara says:

    At age 47, I had never had cracked lips in my life so I met with my Dermatologist since no lip balm that I had tried was effective. My doctor said to try Blistex DCT which he sells in his office. It provided IMMEDIATE relief & my chapped lips were gone! I couldn’t believe it! I had tried about 7 different lip balms & this worked instantly! I now dip into the DCT “bowl” multiple times daily since I never want to experience the pain of chapped lips ever again. Thank you Blistex DCT for this miracle lip balm!!

  8. Anita says:

    Blistex products seem to be the users #1 choice. I was a DCT addict and when they stopped selling in stores I moved on to Blistex Lip Medex which I use now. I was also a heavy user of Silk n Shine for a few years. I keep the Medicated Mint or Berry sticks in my kitchen and bedside table. It’s just awful I seriously want to break free from this addiction. I can’t even go 2 hours without reapplying it’s more like every 30 minutes. I am 39 this all started with Carmex and the small medicated Blistex tubes when I was 12. Remember those small mini metal tubes of Blistex?! Would make your lips burn like no other…I loved the feeling! This madness has to stop. I’m a very health conscious person, I’ve tried to use Burts Bees to get away from the chemicals but it’s just not the same :/

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