I am very guilty to using chapstick at least 20 times a day, this action becoming more of a routine to me than an actual need. I have lost hundreds of sticks just to go buy more because it’s something I just cannot leave the house without. I will be the first to say; I am hooked. But as I constantly find the need to pull a chapstick out of my pocket, I thought to myself, does it actually work? And is it more of a routine than a useful medication?
I am very guilty to using chapstick at least 20 times a day, this action becoming more of a routine to me than an actual need. I have lost hundreds of sticks just to go buy more because it’s something I just can not leave the house without. I will be the first to say; I am hooked. But as I constantly find the need to pull a chapstick out of my pocket, I thought to myself, does it actually work? And is it more of a routine than a useful medication?
This year actually, I pulled out a particular brand of chapstick,“EOS,” and my roommate responds, “those don’t actually work, that company puts chemicals in there that chap your lips more so you buy more.” I was shocked when I heard this, not believing it at first, but willing to dig into the research of it. In a study conducted by the Today Health and Wellness, it explains the outcome of a lawsuit against EOS chapstick, claiming that it actually made consumer’s lips drier than before they started using the chapstick. A woman who had used this brand, and was in on the lawsuit claimed that her lips had rashes and other skin reactions due to some kind of chemical input in EOS. This may have just been her individually, but within a short period of time after using this brand, her lips not only felt dry, but a practical allergic reaction occurred along with it. Become of this chapstick catastrophe, she had to resort to medical assistance. Although this is on the extreme side, this is not the only case brought to attention that claims chapstick cannot cause issues with skin and lips. Especially when overused, chapsticks can cause negative affects that reverse the intended use of chapstick. Some ingredients including, phenol, camphor, and menthol, can not only irritate, but dry out lips if consumers overuse the product. A Dr. Aleksander Krunic in the article also explains when chapstick should be used versus when it is used too much/what not to use. In moderation, and when needed, like in the winter months or when the air is particularly drier than usual, chapstick is a good solution, however, overuse and brands that contain harmful substances should be avoided. Things like parabens and brands with scents and dyes can be detrimental and cancel out the actual moisturizing.
For chapstick in general, I cannot completely doubt its purpose, however, I do agree with the need for moderation and choosing brands wisely. There are several brands that moisturize chapped lips and do their job proficiently. However, certain brands, like EOS, is a living example how individuals must be careful what they trust and the labels included. It is emphasized to me personally how important it is to read labels and to look for certain ingredients that can trick you into a dumb buying decision. As for me, it may still be a routine for me, but I will be sure to get the right kinds, and use when necessary. And for EOS uses out there, watch out, you may be next!