*EDIT (2/29/08): My lips are finally getting better!! Thank goodness it didn't take a whole week to heal. The itching has stopped and the puffyness is gone. My lips doesn't look like I had collagen injected in it. Thank you Kiehl's, and sorry for even thinking about replacing you :(.
I learned the hard way that sometimes saving money is not the best idea in the world.
... in some occasions.
I love my Kiehl's lipbalm. What I don't love is the price. $8.90 for a tube? But I guess the MAC Lip Conditioning one costs more. But see, there's this thing called Chapstick that can be purchased at Target for a dollar each. I stopped using Chapstick for the reason that I thought I might be allergic to it. So then now I gave it a try again (cuz it's so cheap!), thinking that maybe it was something I ate, the weather, or the gloss I was using at the time that gave me the reaction.
... but I was wrong. It was the Chapstick!!!! It's confirmed after a SECOND trial. After two days of using it, my lips started puffing up, dryness and tiny bumps around my lips, very itchy, and at times stings and burns, and some redness. The horror! It is bugging the shit out of me. I looked at the ingredients, and I guess I'm allergic to something that's in it cuz most of the stuff on Chapstick is not in my Kiehl's lipbalm. And Chapstick was the only thing new I'm using. Now I know to be more careful with what I use on my lips that makes me check what's in it first before using it. But seriously, allergic to Chapstick?? ARGH!!
Obviously, I returned the Chapstick back. Because after two days of using it clearly does not do me any good but more bad. I should have stopped when I already felt the weird feeling after applying it the first time. It's getting a bit better now that I stopped using it. But I had a strong belief that maybe I was overreacting on being allergic to Chapstick. But clearly I am allergic to it or something in it. My safe balms for now are Vaseline and Kiehls. So I'll probably go back to Vaseline because it's more practical and cheaper compared to the latter. I really can't be switching balms, or just using anything because this might happen again. Another incident was when I used the Aveeno lip balm too. The healing phase or just getting a reaction from it is not all that fun. I guess my reaction is not that bad compared to what I have read where people's lips actually starts to bleed or the reaction is super obvious. GAHHH, I would die!!!
And now, I sit and wait until everything gets better. I should stop by Target again and maybe pick up some Vaseline to speed up the healing process or at least soothe the itching. This sucks!
Anyone else had this problem or reaction before?