Ask the Addict: No Lipstick

Kylee C. writes:

I’m a 23 year old female and for probably about, I don’t know, 8 years or so now I have been using lip balm continuously. I apply it at least 20 times a day for sure. I switch brands just about every time I go buy another so there isn’t really a certain brand I use. But if my lips aren’t very recently coated with balm, they are very dry and cracked and flaky. I can’t wear lipstick, ever. It looks terrible because of how dry my lips are. And I drink plenty of water. I can’t seem to find anything that truly hydrates my lips.

And for the first time probably in about 8 years, I went roughly 24-30 hours without using any lip balm (not by choice, I forgot it at home) and I woke up in the morning with them raw, blood red, and as dry as can be. I will attach a photo to show what they looked like and they were much darker in person. Of course as soon as I got home I drenched them in lip balm and have been continuously applying it all day. I just feel like I’m stuck in this cycle and can’t get out.

It saddens me to hear this and to see the photograph of your lips. You’re in desperate need of medical attention! Get thee to a hospital immediately so that you can get treatment on your lips and possibly receive IV fluids your body clearly seems to be lacking.

Kylee C.'s lips

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2 Responses to “Ask the Addict: No Lipstick”
  1. Marcela says:

    I’m from Brazil, 29 yesterday. Since 8 I’ve been using lipsticks or anything that makes my mouth wet. I want this addiction to end soooo bad.

  2. Robert Beerman says:

    Have had a chapstick on my person every day for over 40years now. I have a drawer with over a100 that are almost empty, one hidden in every room. If I’m out or working and loose one I will get to a store immediately and replace it. I even told friends in middle school I would give them a hundred dollars if they ever cought me without one. Had old buddy 25 years later saw me and said “pay up” he was in shock when I pulled it out of my pocket.

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