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 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.
The very smart students at Columbia Journalism School put together this video about lip balm addition. In addition to a audio quote from yours truly, they also got the Carmex folks to go on the record that their products are not addictive, but according to the dermatologist who was interviewed Carmex does contain drying agents.
A question from Nechama F.
I didnt see this on the site- I use chapstick only in the winter from cold weather. I answered no to all the self evaluation questions. Am I at risk for being addicted? Are there any brands that are “safe” to use?
Great story from Amy Robach today about ChapStick addiction. Her story is similar to mine: she got hooked on ChapStick received on Christmas morning.