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Medicated Lip Balm SPF 15
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0.15 fl. oz. for $1.99
Category:Skin Care > Lip Products (Including Lip Exfoliators)
Last Updated:02.27.2013
Jar Packaging:No
Tested on animals:No
Review Overview

Medicated Lip Balm SPF 15 lacks sufficient UVA-protecting ingredients and irritates lips with camphor and menthol, regardless of whether you choose the Regular, Berry, or Mint varieties. Padimate O, one of the sunscreen actives, is one of the more irritating, infrequently used sunscreens.

Claims

Helps prevent dryness and chapping. Soothes irritated lips.

Ingredients

Regular Lip Balm SPF15 Active: Dimethicone (2%), Oxybenzone (2.5%), Padimate O (6.6 %), Other: Beeswax, Camphor, Cetyl Alcohol, Cetyl Palmitate, Euphorbia Cerifera (Candelilla Wax), Flavors, Isopropyl Myristate, Isopropyl Palmitate, Isopropyl Stearate, Lanolin, Lanolin Oil, Menthol, Methylparaben, Mineral Oil, Ozokerite, Paraffin, Petrolatum, Polybutene, Propylparaben, Red Lake 6, Theobroma Cacao (Cacao) Seed Butter, Titanium Dioxide

Berry Lip Balm SPF 15 Active: Dimethicone (2%), Oxybenzone (2.5%), Padimate O (6.6 %), Other: Beeswax, Camphor, Cetyl Alcohol, Cetyl Palmitate, Euphorbia Cerifera (Candelilla Wax), Flavors, Isopropyl Myristate, Isopropyl Palmitate, Isopropyl Stearate, Lanolin, Lanolin Oil, Menthol, Methylparaben, Mineral Oil, Ozokerite, Paraffin, Petrolatum, Polybutene, Propylparaben, Red Lake 6, Theobroma Cacao (Cacao) Seed Butter, Titanium Dioxide

Mint Lip Balm SPF 15 Active: Dimethicone (2%), Oxybenzone (2.5%), Padimate O (6.6 %), Other: Beeswax, Camphor, Cetyl Alcohol, Cetyl Palmitate, Euphorbia Cerifera (Candelilla Wax), Flavors, Isopropyl Myristate, Isopropyl Palmitate, Isopropyl Stearate, Lanolin, Lanolin Oil, Menthol, Methylparaben, Mineral Oil, Ozokerite, Paraffin, Petrolatum, Polybutene, Propylparaben, Theobroma Cacao (Cocoa) Seed Butter, Titanium Dioxide

Brand Overview

Blistex At-A-Glance

Strengths: Includes complete ingredients for all of its products on the company Web site; a couple of lip balms with excellent UVA protection and above-average formulas.

Weaknesses: The majority of lip balms with sunscreen lack sufficient UVA-protecting ingredients, leaving lips vulnerable to sun damage; many contain irritants such as menthol or camphor.

How this small but longstanding line of lip products has achieved the status of being the solution for cold sores or chapped lips eludes me! Most of these lip products contain enough irritating ingredients to chap anyone's lips. Lots of lip products claim to be medicated, but "medicated" is a dubious term at best, with no regulated meaning.

The way Blistex and a handful of other companies define medicated, it means using camphor, menthol, or phenol in their formulations, yet none of these are in any way, shape, or form "medicines" or "treatments" for dry lips. Quite the contrary, they make dry skin worse and can cause irritation. Products like Blistex can include 0.5% phenol, a potent disinfectant, that is strong enough to actually trigger some serious problems, the least of which are dryness and irritation. It is not something I would recommend for anything but extremely limited use because repeated application can keep your lips chapped forever.

Blistex beckons to you to "discover what your lips are missing," but with few exceptions your lips aren't missing anything with these products except the irritation or inadequate sun protection they provide—definitely an instance where missing something is a good thing! One more thing: Press materials and Blistex's Web site mention dermatologist Dr. Charles Zugerman as an advisor to the company. Yet for a dermatologist whose special interests include allergic contact dermatitis to endorse lip products with known irritants is puzzling to say the least. And if Dr. Zugerman knows about the need for sufficient UVA protection and the ingredients it takes to achieve that, he's not sharing that knowledge on a consistent basis with Blistex. This is just another example of how a dermatologist's endorsement may create an impression of professional credibility, which can be different from speaking to the efficacy or safety of the products themselves.

For more information about Blistex, call (800) 837-1800 or visit www.blistex.com.

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11.27.2014
Moisturizing Relief for me...

I found it has been one of few in the 'chapstick' category to stay on my lips as long (too many a lot of sugar). It immediately takes away the burning feeling of dry, cracking lips and is the best consistency for me. I've found other brands either too waxy (Chapstick) or come off very easily (Nivea) and melt in warmer weather. I am really disappointed the SPF isn't effective...I thought I had a winner!

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