The active ingredient in this cooling lip balm is menthol, which does not soothe or heal lips as claimed; rather, it is a skin irritant and can make chapped lips worse. This also includes lemon peel oil, a citrus oil that can cause a phototoxic reaction when lips are exposed to sunlight. What a terribly misguided product from a company that claims to be the lip care experts!
Infused with a naturally-derived and fast-acting soothing agent to help heal and relieve the irritation associated with dry or damaged lips. The smooth, nutrient-laden complex contains a rich blend of essential oils that thoroughly hydrate your lips to keep them looking and feeling their best. The unique combination of natural ingredients, including Grapeseed, Pomegranate, Apricot and Olive extracts, provides all you need to restore your lips to a healthy moisture balance.
Active: Menthol (0.20%), Other: Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Extract, Beeswax, Orange Fruit Extract, Lemon Peel Oil, Flavor, Sunflower Seed Oil, Olive Leaf Extract, Apricot Kernel Oil, Pomegranate Seed Oil, Jojoba Seed Oil, Cupuacu Seed Butter, Grape Seed Oil
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.