We received this question from Karolee A.
Hello I’m 16 years old and I have been using lip balm for years and of course you’ve heard it before, my lips get dry and cracked when I don’t use it but just one question will my lips ever resume to creating there own moisture?
Well, technically your lips do not create moisture, at least not in such a volume to make a difference here. The issue most probably is that your lips are so sensitive to the elements that when you go without the balm it actually is very noticeable and distracting to you. It is for this very reason why it is so hard to kick the habit.
I would say that yes, “it gets better” but it can take a long time and it can be painful - especially as we head into winter. I do sense a potential need for you to see a dermatologist, so consider that as an option. Best of luck.
We received this note from Monica P. (emphasis mine):
I’ve been using chapstick since I was 14, I’m now 20. This is not a once a day kind of thing, I use it maybe 2/3 times in a single hour, if something happens and I can’t find it, I search franticly for it until I find it, It’s never more than 3 feet away from me unless I’m at home, if I’m out doing a photoshoot I’ll take 3 things, my camera, my keys and my chapstick, I hate it, I hate it, I hate it, this is the 2nd time I’ve tried to quit, which tells you the first time I failed, but this time I’m quitting cold turkey, I can’t do the weaning off thing, It’s been 30 hours and my lips sting, they’re peeling, I’m bleeding, I’m crying, I can’t go out in public because I’m ashamed, a few months ago I thought using the new EOS brand would help, but it hasn’t, I want out, I hate being chained to something so stupid as chapstick addiction. I just want to be able to get out my car without making sure I have my chapstick.
Monica, I am truly sorry to hear about your plight. It is heartbreaking and serves as a reminder to those who mock our struggle.
You didn’t mention your family or friends but clearly they are going to need to be a help to you during this time. They might be able to make the weaning process easier, and certainly will help you during the dark times if you go cold turkey. If your lips are bleeding you should consider seeing a medical professional.
Please do a search for a local LBA chapter in your area. There you will find the support structure that knows exactly what you’re going through. Best of luck.
A fairly even-handed view of lip balm addiction has just been published by Modern Chic Magazine. Author Gabrielle Blue sums it up this way:
No company wants to be the first to admit their product is in any way harmful or addictive, and for all we know the lip balm industry is innocent. But as lip balm addicts continue to grow in numbers, develop support groups on Facebook and unite to kick the habit on sites such as Lip Balm Anonymous, it’s getting harder to believe there’s no truth to their claims.
Blue also got some plum quotes, including one from Carma Labs, makers of Carmex. “We are addictive,” says Mike Pietsch, vice-president of sales at Carma Labs. “We’re addictively good.” Talk about playing up the addictive legend for fun and profit! Meanwhile, Paula Begoun , author of “The Original Beauty Bible” says of “medicated” balms such as Carmex, “‘Medicated,’ however, is at best a dubious term.”
Read more: three-part expose at Modern Chic Magazine, The Lip Balm Addiction.
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