Your lips can get addicted to lip balm. Truly. When you overuse lip moisturizers, the glands that provide internal moisture cease to work, resulting in chapped lips allllll the time. You're gonna have to either wean yourself down or quit cold turkey.
I learned about this back in the 80's when Linda Carter was touting the new Lip Quencher lipstick, with built in moisturizers. My mom used LQ every day, 3 times a day and --yup-- chapped lips. Constantly. I read an article in NewsDay newspaper (from Long Island) that mentioned lip balm addiction and told her about it. She stopped the LQ and all lipstick for a week. The problem resolved.
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I have this problem off an on a lot too, mostly related to changes in the weather (it comes along with super dry hands and feet.) My favorite solution right now is Boots Cocoa Butter balm. I think they have a few different scents, but it works wonders for me. Most balms soothe my lips for a few hours but leave them just as flaky and irritated as before, if not more. Not this one!
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I use blistex medicated. I've been using chapstick multiple times a day for about 14 years. I'm probably addicted, but i dont usually have an issue if i don't have it for a couple days. Like others mentioned, make sure you're.drinking enough h2o.
I use neosporin. Tastes terrible and its very thick, shiny, etc. so you want to be sure that you rub it in well before going out to the barn or out to dinner, etc. but I've tried TONS of different lip balms and plain neosporin works really well.
I got into it b/c I had braces and my already sensitive lips (easily chapped, easily cracked, sunburnt, etc.) got SUPER sensitive with the 3x a day vigorous brushing/flossing/etc that comes with caring for a mouth full of metal. I started getting cracks at the edges of my mouth, down the middle...ugh. It was painful. Quit using regular lip balm, started using straight neosporin for the anti-bacteria benefit (open sores around the horses makes me nervous, ha!) and found it worked wonders.
I use it 3x a day now, after I brush. I keep a tube of cuticle cream (Burt's Bees) in my bag and one in my car for the times I can't use reg. neosporin.
I don't know anyone else who uses either cuticle cream or neosporin on their lips other than me, but my lips have never looked or felt better. Now that they are really well moisturized, they even look bigger!
Also, I have dry skin, when I lived in Wyoming and Montana, I had to carry a tube in the pocket of my jeans and reapply constantly. OP, I feel your pain! Now that I am back in the south, I use it much less and hardly at all in the summer (super humid).