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Do You Obsessively Apply Lip Balm?

A few weeks ago, I had some seriously cracked corners on my mouth, especially one side. After doing a little research, it appears I had something called angular cheilitis. In severe cases, the splits can be so deep, bleeding can occur. Luckily, I just had a minor affliction, brought on by some prescription acne medication that I had inadvertently gotten too close to my lips. But angular cheilitis can be caused by many factors: a deficiency of vitamin B12, iron, or zinc; a bacterial or fungal infection; or simply dry weather.

After purchasing some Blistex to relieve my symptoms, I noticed that I seemed to be applying the balm with greater and greater frequency. Is there some kind of phenomenon that makes applying lip treatments somewhat of an obsessive action? Perhaps it's the menthol (which turns out, is actually quite drying) or pepperminty addition that gives us a little rush, or maybe it's simply our subconscious way of keeping a wound in check. Find out some tips on preventing dry, chapped lips here, and then tell me: are you obsessive about your lip balm applications?

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greenapplelover greenapplelover 7 years
I used to never use any lip products, but within the past two years I've become completely obsessed!
bellazmom bellazmom 7 years
Thank you for the info on angular cheilitis. I think that might be what my kids have. I am always putting lip balm on myself, and trying to get it on them, because if they don't have lip balm on at all times, their lips get so dry they bleed. We also have humidifiers running all night which seems to help a little.
rivekkah rivekkah 7 years
I used to use Carmex continuously but then I learned about how bad it is. I switched to Burt's Bees several years ago, but I'm still addicted!
ashleymulford ashleymulford 7 years
TOTALLY! I am addicted - though I use Burt's Bees, so at least it's not a menthol thing...
Autumns_Elegy Autumns_Elegy 7 years
I'm bloody awful with lip balm. I FREAK when I can't find it (I lost my chapstick yesterday, I'm still looking for the darn thing), and I ALWAYS have two or three stand by balms. My coworkers have told me I wear too much balm, it's because I lick my lips when I'm stressed.
2muchtv 2muchtv 7 years
I'm trying to prevent myself from becoming dependent on lip balm. I don't lick my lips (unless I get food on them), so I end up only putting it on after I brush my teeth or shower. I'm weening myself off, and for dire emergencies, I use cooking oil or butter.
cloroxcowgirl cloroxcowgirl 7 years
Guilty. I love lip balm and apply it at least once an hour.
Ellenora Ellenora 7 years
I obsessively apply lip products in general (lip balm, gloss, stick). I hate the feeling of dry lips because my speech therapist would put petroleum jelly on my lips so I could enunciate better and, therefore, talk better.
qtpie qtpie 7 years
Ouch i've had that before, it was so severe that the corners bled every time I opened my mouth. And it dried up my lips so badly even lip balm was painful. Had to go on antibiotics for a week.
NaturallyGlam NaturallyGlam 7 years
Shelly-Says Shelly-Says 7 years
I know this habit all too well! I'm using Laura Mercier HydraTint lip balm and loving it. It does cost about $20 but I only have to apply it twice a day, or after eating. Makes my lips super soft. No more bad habit or cracked dry lips. I think its worth it ;-)
onlysourcherry onlysourcherry 7 years
totally chap stick addicted. If I'm in a meeting over an hour long i need to bring it in with me. If I forget it when I go somewhere, I run to the grocery store to buy one. Gloss will do in a pinch, but it doesn't give me the same satisfaction. I need help.
mek123 mek123 7 years
manikpixi manikpixi 7 years
I have a twofold problem: I obsessively lick my lips, which dries them out, so I obsessively apply lip balm. ARGH! The Beauty Brains have an interesting piece on lip balm addition
Merlin713 Merlin713 7 years
I apply chapstick all the time. I have a whole drawer full of purse has to have at least four different kinds if I'm going to feel good going somewhere. :-P :kiss:
GlowingMoon GlowingMoon 7 years
Allytta Allytta 7 years
no obsession here. i don't look in the mirror or apply my lip balm like most women do. sometimes i feel like i need to pick a habit of looking in the mirror more often as I find that my make up smeared sometimes and no one bothers telling you.
LittleMzFit LittleMzFit 7 years
Not obsessively...However, I do like to always keep my lips covered with something. :spa:
Zigggy Zigggy 7 years
Haha- good old lip crack! I put it on after I wash my face. I carry it with me every day- the weirdest thing is, if I have it on me I don't need to use it. But any time I forget it I need it so bad!
meerkat meerkat 7 years
I've had angular cheilitis for a few years now but I started taking a B-complex a few months back and I rarely get them anymore!
sonya-ina sonya-ina 7 years
kittykat83 kittykat83 7 years
Good to know what that is- I'm having a problem with angular cheilitis at this very moment.
JCP0240 JCP0240 7 years
I used to, before I started using the Dr. Hauschuka lip care stick, now I swear by it.
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