I have used lip balm pretty heavily since middle and high school. Nobody wants to kiss somebody with crusty lips so I carried around my trusty Carmex
and it never left my pocket. I kept them in my car, purse, locker, make up bag, night stand drawer…pretty much everywhere. I would get a little panicky if I ended up somewhere without it.
Now, you’re probably laughing about this little “addiction” of mine but hear me out.
I was not addicted to the act of putting it on. My lips stopped producing the natural oils they are supposed to because I never gave them the chance. If I went longer than a few hours without applying something my bottom lip would split right down the middle. My lips would also get hard, dry patches on either side of the split that would flake off after a few days. It was painful and made wearing lipstick impossible.
I had heard of lip balm addiction a few times before and sort of just shrugged it off but after a few days with a gnarly split lip recently, I looked into it a bit more.
After reading several articles and browsing Lip Balm Anonymous (I’m not even kidding, it’s a real website) I decided to try to get my lip problems under control. Here’s what I’m doing:
5 Ways to Beat Lip Balm Addiction
1. weaning- I decided to go the route of slowly eliminating lip balms. I started tossing out my tubes of Carmex as I came across them. I also made an effort to wait longer periods of time before I reapplied lip balm.
2. licking- I read over and over the advice, “just stop licking your lips!” I kept shaking my head, “I don’t lick my lips, I’m not 5!” Guess what? I kept catching myself licking my lips. Not sloppy and all over like a kid but I was still doing it enough to dry out my lips.
3. natural moisture- As I started weaning my lips off the balm I increased applying coconut
and sweet almond oil. My lips still needed some help as the cracks healed and I felt much better about these natural oils than the Carmex.
4. gentle exfoliation- I started doing a better job of exfoliating my lips to help get the flakes off. Previously I tried brushing with my toothbrush, sugar scrubs, and chewing on my lips. None of that really worked and the chewing made it worse. I found that gently scrubbing my lips in a circular motion with a wet washcloth in the shower has helped a lot.
5. Blistex Medicated Lip Ointment
I hesitated listing this because it can probably be just as addicting as Carmex but it has helped heal my deep splits. Instructions say to apply no more than 3-4 times a day so I am sticking with 2-3 for now and will step it down as my lips are still in the weaning process.
Another option is to quit “cold turkey.” You have to just suffer through and not use anything on your lips until they heal. It has a lower success rate and sounded terrible and painful and disgusting so I went with the weaning option! It has been about 3 weeks and I’m starting to feel like my lips are getting back to a good place. A place where smiling wont crack my lips and make them bleed!