We like to use lip balm to try and soothe our lips and keep them from becoming dry and cracked, but the ingredients used in some balms actually cause more problems than they solve. Here's what you need to look out for.
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America News Now spoke to dermatologist Gary Slaughter, who noted that camphor, phenol and menthol were common ingredients in "bad lip balm". When you spread it on it seems to soothe at first, but quickly dries up and requires reapplication. Alcohol and salicylic acid are two more ingredients that may cause some people irritation. Look for these ingredients before buying. That said, the most effective alternative is also the simplest: use Vaseline rather than a specific balm.
Does lip balm dry out your lips? [America Now News]