Cold Sores Lip Balm

Carmex For Cold Sores Lip Balm Tube - 12X0.35 Oz

Petroleum Jelly as an Ingredient in Lip Balms

Lip balms are very important to protect the thin layer of skin that covers the lips especially during the cold winter months when the dry weather conditions affect the skin considerably. The lips are most affected as unlike the other parts of the body the skin that covers the lips is not very strong or hardy and does not function much as a protective sheath during the dry winter months. Under such circumstances, the lips crack due to dryness and the problem of chapped lips is very common among different individuals. The only way to get rid of this problem of dried or cracked lips is by applying lip balms. It is significant to remember in this case that lip balms are quite different from lipsticks which are cosmetic items meant to enhance one's beauty. On the other hand lip balms are made up of components which moisturize the lips and prevent it from being dried up and chapped in due course. Lip balms contain several ingredients of which the most prevalent is petroleum jelly. Petroleum jelly is also known by various other names such as petrolatum, Vaseline or soft paraffin and is vital to the composition of lip balms. It was in the middle of the 19 th century that the resources that compose petroleum jelly were first discovered in the United States. This was exposed to processing to finally emerge in the form of petroleum jelly.

Petroleum jelly is made up of various hydrocarbons and is a flammable product. It is usually colorless and is a semi-transparent in nature. It is also necessary to point out at this juncture that contrary to popular perception there is no similarity between glycerin and petroleum jelly. In various traditions, the uses of petroleum jelly has been coded s that of a healing medicinal ointment. Its similar medicinal values are instrumental in aiding the treatment of chapped lips as a prominent ingredient in the lip balms. Petroleum jelly is effective in treating cracked lips by means of ensuring that the skin around the lips do not lose their moisturizing properties while it is also successful in preventing the entry of germs into the cracks or cuts that have appeared in the lips. However, it is important to keep in mind that petrolatum is a flammable substance and hence it should not be used in treating burns. Lip balms contain significant proportions of petroleum jelly and it plays a very significant role in treating dermatological problems especially related to the lips.

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Frequently Asked Questions

  1. QUESTION:
    Does lip balm make anyone else break out into cold sores?
    I was just wondering if this happened to anyone else and if anyone knew why lip balm would cause cold sores. It seems that every time I apply lip balm I get a cold sore.

    • ANSWER:
      stop using the off brand stuff. you have to get carmex or blistex. maybe chapstick as well

  2. QUESTION:
    Can You Use Beeswax Lip Balm On Cold Sores?
    The local Pharmacy is closed on Sundays, and I dont feel like walking all that far to K-Mart to go get Abreva. I have a cold sore and its in the ulcering stage, which hurts like hell, but cna I used my peppermint flavored beeswax lipbam to stop it from cracking? Or will I get a whole lot more blisters from putting that on my lips?

    BQ: No cure, right?

    • ANSWER:
      I suppose that you could use that on there,and that it would calm the pain down a little.

      The bad side being that you would need to cut the top part (that came in contact with the fever blister/cold sore) off,if you so desired to continue the usage of that balm on your lips after the blister/sore is gone.

      BA: No,there is no OTC cure for fever blisters/cold sore.You can just treat them,and make the pain subside awhile,and wait paitiently for them to go away.

  3. QUESTION:
    Does Carmex Lip Balm heal cold sores?
    I'm at the erly stages. its inflamed red and forming. bubbilish. no scab yet.

    will it heal it?

    • ANSWER:
      Yes you bet cha it does, it's medicated chapstick/lipbalm made just for that. Note that you will definitely feel a tingly feeling, almost like it's warming up a little. Not trying to be funny but Herpinsin L works great as well (they're for the same thing) Cold sores plus chapped lips.
      If you don't like the original sent Carmex they now have it in strawberry, it's a little more pleasant.

      Just keep in mind that it is not a quick fix. While you're waiting for it to heal be sure to get loads of vitiman C, so go heavy on the OJ (I know, I know, thats going to sting a bit)

      If that doesn't work then you might have to see a dermatologist.

      Good luck hon.