02.27.2013
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Lip Medex
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0.38 fl. oz. for $2.19
Category:Skin Care > Lip Products (Including Lip Exfoliators) > Lip Balm Without Sunscreen
Last Updated:02.27.2013
Jar Packaging:Yes
Tested on animals:No
Review Overview

Lip Medex can only possibly relieve sore lips by virtue of being so irritating, you’ll forget whatever was irritating your lips before applying this product! Camphor and menthol are the active ingredients, and the potent menthol derivative menthoxypropanediol is also included just in case lips weren’t pushed past the brink of irritation.

Want relief without irritation? Paula's Choice Lip & Body Treatment Balm is definitely our top pick! You can find that and more at our Best Lip Products list on Beautypedia.

Claims

Formulated to provide quick cooling relief you can feel working.

Ingredients

Active: Camphor (1%), Menthol (1%), Petrolatum (59.14%), Phenol (0.54%), Other: Beeswax, Benzyl Alcohol, Disopropyl Adipate, Flavors, Fragrance, Lanolin, Menthoxypropanediol, Microcrystaline Wax, Myristyl Myristate, Ricinus Communis (Castor) Seed Oil, Saccharin, Theobroma Cacao (Cocoa) Seed Butter

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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08.07.2014
I hide these everywhere like a squirrel hides acorns!

I have these little blue pots stashed everywhere because nothing has ever worked better. I've even started using it as cuticle cream! Last winter my mom was suffering from very dry, peeling lips. I suggested she try Blistex but she kept saying she had stuff she was putting on already. Finally, I insisted and drove her to the nearest drugstore to buy a pot of her own. Within a couple of days her lips recovered and haven't bothered her since.

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Crystal M
10.04.2013
Best Lip Care Out There!

I've used this product for years! Love the cool menthol on my lips! Mainly use at night and always wake up to soft, smooth lips. This stuff has never let me down. The ONLY drawback (if there even would be one) would be that it comes in a little pot that you have to put your fingers into. I don't mind that so much, as I'm the only one using this, but I'd prefer something that came in a tube that I could squeeze out. That would be much more hygenic.

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