Are your lips chronically chapped?
Do you feel like you are addicted to your lip balm?
Many lip balms contain allergens that cause lip chapping. It’s a perfect set up for lip balm manufactures. I’ve seen it over and over again in my 30+ years practicing dermatology. Artificial and natural fragrances, flavors and ‘healing ingredients’ can be allergens. Avoid them. Use only hypoallergenic products.
Why is it important to use only hypoallergenic lip balms?
Because lip skin is fragile. As a dermatologist, I know this based on lip structure and physiology. Lips readily absorb allergens compared to the thicker areas of your skin. Once you develop an allergic reaction to something – such as citrus, mint, cinnamon, artificial flavors, and other common flavorings – you will be allergic to them for life. For example, if you become allergic to mint or citrus, every time you drink citrus in juice or squeeze a slice of lemon in your tea or water, you will develop chapping and dryness of your lips. The rash is actually an allergic contact dermatitis. It typically leads to the feeling of chapping on both the upper and lower lip.
How can you tell if your chapped lips are really chapped or are caused by an allergy to lip balm?
True chapping from weather usually affects the lower lip much more than the upper. Allergic lip dermatitis, called allergic chelitis, usually causes dryness, scale and chapping on both the upper and lower lips.