Chapped lip season is here, which means you’ve likely been reaching for your favorite balm. But not all lip balms are made the same, and some can even make a dry lip situation worse, experts say.
“Lips do not have oil glands like the rest of our skin and the skin is thinner. For this reason the skin on our lips tends to be drier and more sensitive,” explains Dr. Caroline Robinson, dermatologist and founder of Tone Dermatology. She recommends avoiding ingredients like methanol, alcohols and fragrance to prevent potential irritation.
Dr. Samer Jaber, a dermatologist at Washington Square Dermatology in New York, adds “while balms can temporarily soothe irritated lips, they often have chemicals that may cause further irritation… (including) flavors, fragrance and preservatives that can dry and irritate your lips.” He also recommends avoiding salicylic acid, menthol and camphor when your lips are dry as those ingredients can also irritate lips.