ChapStick Overnight Discontinued?

Pat P. writes:

Just wondering if you know why Chapstick stopped making  ChapStick overnight lip treatment?  Does it have anything to do with the ingredient Dimethicone and is this harmful? Thanks Pat

ChapStick Overnight

ChapStick Overnight

Chapstick Overnight was designed to be taken at bedtime and it’s product use was described as: “Nourishes and conditions lips with a long lasting nightly moisture treatment. Contains 8 different moisturizers - glides on easily/angled tip. Helps prevent and temporarily protects chafed, chapped or crackedlips and helps moisturize and condition while sleeping.”  Yet another attempt by the Balm companies to keep your lips held hostage by their products now 24 hours a day.

As for Dimethicone, it is described as having side effects such as “burning, stinging, redness, or irritation may occur. If any of these effects persist or worsen, tell your doctor or pharmacist promptly.” So, while in theory this product has been declared “safe” you may still need to see a doctor. Doesn’t sound like a harmless ingredient.

It does appear that this product has been discontinued. A post by ChapStick on Facebook back in June 2013 indicated the product was still available.  But it is no longer listed on the ChapStick website.  Perhaps the product didn’t sell. Or perhaps our side won a small battle against the Balm companies who will not be satisfied until every single person is using regularly.

Ask the Addict: Why does it Matter?

We received this note from Stephanie M:

I saw your Blistex report page. Seriously? Quit using Blistex all together just because you can use it more than 4 times a day?? Why does it matter?!

Because the next day it’s five times, and the day after that six. And so on and so on. Next thing you know you’re using a tube a day!

It doesn’t happen to everyone, but for us addicts we are all too familiar with the downward spiral.

Ask the Addict: Lips Resume Creating Moisture?

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.

Ask the Addict: Ashamed to Go Out in Public

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.

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