I don’t know if any of you are like me…but my lips are allergic to beeswax. Generally, about 10 minutes after using a product with beeswax, my lips will tingle and itch. However, there are some products where the symptoms start out mild and then I will have a severe reaction within a few weeks of using a product. When I say severe, I mean my lips will form little hive-like bumps – so gross and uncomfortable! I didn’t officially realize I was allergic to beeswax until I started using lip cosmetics in my late 20’s.
When I was in high school, I used Lip Smacker for a few weeks and then stopped because it made my lips feel uncomfortable. For years (up until University), I just used Vaseline to play it safe. Then Blistex came out with Simple & Sensitive (http://www.blistex.com/products/simple-and-sensitive). That was a godsend – I no longer had to carry around little containers of Vaseline!
Then in my late 20’s, Sephora’s birthday gift for Beauty Insiders was a mini duo of Fresh’s Sugar Lip Treatment. It came with the Rose tinted and the untinted. I spent years with no lip colour and when I tried the Rose tint – I was in love! I didn’t sense any blatant reaction, in fact the first week I was so sold that I bought the Honey, Berry, Cherry & Passion tints (http://www.sephora.com/sugar-lip-treatment-spf-15-P57002?skuId=1332329&icid2=fresh_lp_sugar_carousel_p57002).
About couple of weeks into enjoying the subtle tints to my lips – I noticed that my lips were getting really dry and chapped – very weird since I was using a lip treatment that is advertised to hydrate and nourish lips. I decided to alternate between Fresh’s Sugar Lip Treatment and Burt’s Bees Lip Balm (http://www.burtsbees.ca/natural-products/lips-lip-care-beeswax-lip-balm/beeswax-lip-balm-tube.html). That was when my lips broke out into an inferno…
My lips became super dry and itchy. It began to peel and little bumps would appear, puss, crust over and then the process repeated itself. I couldn’t for the life of me piece together that the reaction could potentially be due to the lip products I was using. So then, like a genius – I decided to use another product…sigh…insert Blistex’s Medicated Lip Ointment (http://www.blistex.com/products/medicated-lip-ointment).
I bought this because it was supposed to relieve pain, itching & discomfort due to lip sores and blisters. Needless to say, things got worse…so “logically” I added another product to the existing cocktail – Carmex’s Soothing Lip Balm (https://mycarmex.com/lip-care/original-tube).
Yep – you guessed it…the reaction got worse. As a science teacher, you would think that I would have noticed that every single product I used had one thing in common – beeswax. There were also irritating ingredients to my sensitive lips like: peppermint oil in Burt’s Beeswax Lip Balm, camphor & menthol in Blistex’s Medicated Lip Ointment and in Carmex’s Lip Balm. After a month of torture – I went to the doctor’s office and they told me to stop using all the products I was using. Sure enough – after 2 weeks of going back to basics (Vaseline) – my lips cleared up.
Once my lips were back to normal, I decided to experiment with lip products to see which would result in an allergic reaction…in hopes that I would find my HG (holy grail) lip products. Since Sephora has such a generous return policy – I was able to try a variety of products and return those that didn’t work for me. Now when I see cera alba or beeswax on a lip product ingredient list – I know that its not worth the trouble. Which is so unfortunate because beeswax is in almost every lipstick, lipgloss, lip balm out there! Upcoming posts will include what I can and cannot use – in hopes that it will help other cera alba victims.