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Lip Balm Really is Addictive

Raise your hand if you can't go anywhere without your lip balm? (My hand is raised.) If you are one of those folks who is constantly applying lip balm, you may actually be addicted to it because your lips become so accustomed to having more moisture content than they had in the past.

Good news though: Being addicted to lip balm is really no big deal unless you develop an allergic reaction to the ingredients. Flavoring, fragrances or added preservatives may be the source of the problem if you do have problems with a lip balm. Switching to an unflavored or unscented type of lip balm may solve the problem completely.

All lip balms work by sealing in natural moisture and there isn't much difference between a 99-cent lip balm and more expensive brands, when it comes to sealing in moisture at least.

Personally, I always have a tube of the good ole' ChapStick brand stuff in my purse and gym bag. I love ChapStick Ultra because it has SPF 30. Buy it online from for $2.99.

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trala1 trala1 9 years
My name is Trala and I'm a chapstick-aholic. I keep one in my purse, one at my desk and one on my nightstand. I also feel like my lips are going to magically dry up if I don't have my chapstick around.
discocactus discocactus 9 years
Addiction is too strong of a word. Just because your lips adapt to the moisture content doesn't mean you're addicted. I'm tired of seeing medical terminology tossed around lightly. Please stop saying "oh, I'm so OCD/ADD/addicted/etc. when you aren't. Just because you're a neat freak does not make you a person with OCD. Most people wouldn't say "I have cancer" if they didn't-so find a better way to describe things than with medical exaggerations.
moonlite moonlite 9 years
i used to be addicted to chapstick and lipbalm...i couldn't go anywhere without it. then i heard that most of them have phenols in them--a substance that actually dries out you skin. this is what causes the "addictive" feeling. they purposely put those in there to dry our your lips so you constantly need more! ever since reading that, i've stopped using them. now i just buy good old vaseline, apply it a few times a day (i keep it in my backpack when i'm at school), and my lips have never felt (or looked!) better.
Swangeese Swangeese 9 years
I love lipgloss, but I've never noticed any difference if I don't apply it. Unless of course it is in the winter and dry. Most of the time I apply lipgloss out of habit more than anything else.
ktacce ktacce 9 years
ahh i can't sleep until i have burts bees on too!!! haha
cdot cdot 9 years
rosebud is the way to go. I have bliss in my car, b/c it doesn't melt (or so they say). I keep it heads up the door, so when it does get mushy it goes back to normal.
awhdarling awhdarling 9 years
i am a mentha lip shine junkie myself. that stuff is amazing!
NikkoBlues NikkoBlues 9 years
*raiseshand* Nanak's Lip Smoothee in Spearmint is my all time fav, but I can't get it down here in the middle of nowhere. I know I can buy it online, but it appears to only be available in bulk. I don't need 24 chapsticks floating around my house, work, purse, and truck. Not enough room anyhow, what with having 30 plus lip glosses and whatnot. ;) I have to settle for Blistex Medicated Lip Balm in Mint when I can find it and regular Blistex when I can't. :(
OMG, I have been addicted to lip balms since my early teens, which I believe is a reaction to the severe blistering I use to get every winter. I must admit I am a lip balm connoisseur and have tried practically every balm on the market and my apt is littered with variious brands. I have at last found a balm that I truly love and highly recommend Palmer's Cocoa Butter Formula. It is in a squeeze out tube and flavoured with dark chocolate and peppermint. It has a glossy light non colour consistency and taste almost like a chocolate martini. Try it!
thalltrac thalltrac 9 years
Cherry Chapstick for me!!
carewcha carewcha 9 years
Oh I've known this for years because of my own addiction! And the fact that if I go out without it I feel like my lips will crack and fall off but if I'm around the house where lip balm lives, I can go all day and not apply! Personally I DO think there is a difference between plain old lip balm and Carmex. No I don't work for the company! Just since I started using it, if I use anything else it just feels like vaseline. Carmex has got other stuff in it that plumps up your lips a lil bit and also combats cold sores. In fact when I first tried this product about 10 years ago it was called 'Carmex for cold sores' and the ingredients for that and the one now called 'Carmex lip balm' are exactly the same. And while I'm pretty sure it is correct that our lips thin as we get older, I don't think putting lip balm on them is going to make any difference - I'm sure it's the inner stuff that's shrinking and lip balm is just a grease that sits on the top of your skin... I'd be interested to hear otherwise - I wouldn't have thought moisturising would help that much either as it's not the skin that's shrinking is it?
sapphire2 sapphire2 9 years
I dont like the feel of Chapstick, My fav is Khiels Lip Balm #1. I love it!
Schaianne Schaianne 9 years
I have been saying for years that using lip balm/chapstick is addictive! I'm feeling vindicated by your post! I have one in my pocket, one in my purse, a spare in my work bag ... one by the tv, one by the computer ... and a couple to grab in my bathroom. I'm seriously addicted. /nod.
Ficklefaerie Ficklefaerie 9 years
That ultra is gross! Every time i use it, it coats my mouth with not so yummy something. So i just stick w/ the medicated one.
lanuchan lanuchan 9 years
i use this chapstick and its great--DCT blistex is amazing too!
darkoblivion darkoblivion 9 years
I have so much chapstick it's sad.I recently found a vanilla mint kind that I love. So yeah... I'm addicted too! :)
goodbyekitty goodbyekitty 9 years
I am SO addicted! I have to keep at least one in my purse, one in my bed under a pillow, I carry one around the house with me, and I keep a ton more in my lip stuff drawer of my makeup area.
The-Italian-Jem The-Italian-Jem 9 years
You beat me to the punch redscorpio! I was just going to mention that petroleum actually dries the lips!! It's funny how so many daily products use petroleum, which increases our dependance on crude oil. Interestingly, petroleum is also the main ingredient in plastic tarps, garbage bags and duct tape. Ring a bell anyone??
redscorpio redscorpio 9 years
I started putting on lip balm many times a day after I read somewhere that lips get thinner as we age because they kind of "dehydrate". Now, a few years later, I can say for sure that I am "addicted" in constant lip balming, because my lips immediately feel "tight" when I do not have some lip balm on. This is certainly addiction!!!! However, some time ago I read that petrolatum (which lots of lip balms contain) actually leads to dryness, so now I search for other formulas. One lip balm I like and does not have the same effect is the Neutrogena one (original formula, no SPF or colour). And it's cheap too! Check also this article on FitSugar on petrolatum and other cosmetic ingredients to avoid.
books-and-shoes books-and-shoes 9 years
Me too!
mwmsjuly19 mwmsjuly19 9 years
I am constantly using balms when I don't have on lipgloss or lipstick. Still, I think the word "addicted" is too strong somehow. I don't go into withdrawals or get headaches and the shakes when I don't have lip balm. I just don't like not having it. When does a harmeless habit become an addiction, actually?
mollipop mollipop 9 years
*raises hand* I definitely can't go anywhere without Chapstick or a lipgloss. My lips are seriously dry without either. Nice to know it's not a harmful addiction though.
Hootie Hootie 9 years
Tee hee..... So me.... I love my Chapstick... I always have some with me. A tube in my purse, my room, the bathroom, and a few extras because I do not share my Chapstick!!! I can't sleep unless I put some on before I go to bed!
JBlondie JBlondie 9 years
I am raising my hand.....Burts Bees and Rosebud Salve!
controlledspin controlledspin 9 years
Chapstick Mint baby. Since 9th grade!
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