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How to stop licking lips?

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Thu Jan 03, 2008 10:16 am      Reply with quote
Ok, this is a strange topic but I have chronically dry lips and allergies (Whoopie!) and I keep licking my lips unconsciously - which aint good, obviously. Has anybody beaten this? The winter in Boston is just killing my lips. No amount of vaseline, Elizabeth Arden 8-hour cream, Aquaphor or other lip balms is helping.
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Thu Jan 03, 2008 11:48 am      Reply with quote
Try Carmex, it tastes horrible. It does work for dry, chapped lips.
Just keep applying. I get dried out in winter. Drink more liquids and put stuff on your lips at night. I wonder what lip smacking thoughts are in your subconscious? Mine would be a big piece of chocolate cake as opposed to .... Laughing
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Thu Jan 03, 2008 12:14 pm      Reply with quote
Like doohicus said, try a lip balm that moisturises your lips but tastes HORRIBLE and hopefully, over time you should learn to not lick your lips, as you would hate the disgusting taste of the lip balm.

When I was little, I used this method to stop myself biting and eating my fingernails. I would paint them with cheap nail varnish then when I unconsciously go bite my nails, the varnish would come off and I would have to spit it out.

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Thu Jan 03, 2008 12:36 pm      Reply with quote
Isn't the licking due to the dryness? I would think if you got that sorted out, the licking would decrease.

Earlier this winter my lips got terrible dry and nothing seemed to help. Like you, I tried almost every balm and cream I could get my hands on. As a last attempt I put on some pure vitamin e oil and that solved it for me. If you have some around it's well worth a try.

Ph Advantage also have a great lip cream, but that's not a fast solution. Given some time though, it really has a nice moisturizing effect on the lips and as a bonus they also look better Smile

I hope you'll find something that works for you - dry lips can be a real pain Sad
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Thu Jan 03, 2008 3:18 pm      Reply with quote
i have the same problem! I constantly "worry" my lips, so they're always dry and peeling. and then there have been times when i have red lipstick on and forget and rub my lips and then i look like courtney love on a bender. I haven't figured out a "fix" for this. Sad
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Thu Jan 03, 2008 6:00 pm      Reply with quote
Cat--- quick question, are you still using L2K?

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Fri Jan 04, 2008 6:38 am      Reply with quote
Saliva is the worse enemy for dry lips, so if you already have dry lips, licking them to moisten them will make them more dry and chapped. Sad You ladies in the northern hemisphere in winter now would be in heating so
definitely drinking lots of water during the day would help combat dehydration...I know it's hard when you much more prefer hot drinks like coffees and teas, that's my habit anyway. Sad I went out and bought myself a beautiful glass jug to keep at my desk which I fill a couple of times a day, anything to motivate myself to drink more water. Wink Flavour with a few slices of lemon, or with some mint leaves. Water and little tubes and tubs of lip balm kept everywhere for easy access whenever you need it. Remembering to reapply is the key. It's amazing how much dry lips can look like shrivelled leaves compared to when they're moisturised and so plump. Smile

But the worst thing when you have dry lips is that you're not likely to be able to smile readily....because you can't, as they'd split Laughing
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Fri Jan 04, 2008 11:49 am      Reply with quote
Hey Liz, No, I don't use L2K - actually never have. I've used a couple of home-made balms and plumpers in addition to loads of lip balms.


I went out and bought some Vit E capsules and am trying to apply just that.

So many times I catch myself licking my lips. Gggrrr
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Sun Jan 06, 2008 10:40 am      Reply with quote
My girlfriend suffers from cracked dry lips all year round and not very successful with the balms she's tried over the years.

She's was given a sample of Murad, Skin & Lip Therapy and feels it may be on of the best she's tried so far. Seems to stay on a lot longer than any of the others. Try googling Murad products if you want to check it out.
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Sun Jan 06, 2008 10:52 am      Reply with quote
I changed my toothpaste a few months back and my chronically dry lips cleared up super fast. I guess something in my paste was irritating my lips big time. I have also started using Chapstick 100% Naturals Lip Butter. Great lip balm at a dirt cheap price. I never get chapped or peel anymore.
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