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« Topic Start: February 13, 2008, 03:25:59 pm »

I have always had a problem with chapped lips and acne.
I don't really care too much about my looks, it doesn't have much to do with that. My lips get so friggin chapped that they practically crack and bleed sometimes (in fact they actually have.)
It doesn't seem to matter how much chap stick I use, or how often... (also, I should probably stop biting the skin on my lips, that would help... But I havent done that much anymore... its more of a nervous habit...)
I was wondering if anyone has any suggestions, herbal or otherwise. Including particular chapstick brands... I have tried many such as ChapStick, ChapAid or something, and many others. (basically whatever is cheapest at the moment, or what i can find...)

As for the acne, I was wondering if maybe there might be some form of herbal or other natural way of getting rid of that? I have tried stuff like Benzac or something (contains Benzoyl Peroxide...) Haven't tried this one that starts with a P ( i think) that seems very popular and people say works, I cant remember what its called, but you guys might. I always remember then forget, probably will remember sometime after I post this but lol....

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« Reply #1: February 13, 2008, 03:33:19 pm »


Not a recommendation on a product here, but are you getting enough water? Fluid intake is going to help a lot. It won't solve the problem, but it will help.
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« Reply #2: February 13, 2008, 03:36:17 pm »

Not a recommendation on a product here, but are you getting enough water? Fluid intake is going to help a lot. It won't solve the problem, but it will help.
No definately not getting enough water, although I am working on it. I have been getting more water than I used to though, so Smiley
Speaking of which... lol.
And anyways, I am not really looking for a product recommendation so much as any recommendation, mainly natural. So thanks! Lotsa fluid definately hits the "natural" part of it! Cheesy
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« Reply #3: February 13, 2008, 03:39:33 pm »

No definately not getting enough water, although I am working on it. I have been getting more water than I used to though, so Smiley
Speaking of which... lol.
And anyways, I am not really looking for a product recommendation so much as any recommendation, mainly natural. So thanks! Lotsa fluid definately hits the "natural" part of it! Cheesy

Yeah. The more water you get, the more it will help. I know when I'm not getting enough, my lips and skin show the effects faster than anything else. Course, I drink an awful lot of water, so I can generally tell pretty quickly when I've been slacking off.
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« Reply #4: February 13, 2008, 03:41:49 pm »


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Just so you know...I added a bit to the title of this thread so it's a little clearer what it's about.
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« Reply #5: February 13, 2008, 03:42:50 pm »


It depends on how bad your acne is. Natural products may not be enough to clear up moderate to severe acne. I actually had to break out the big, dangerous meds (Accutane), and that cleared me up fast. It also made my skin and lips extremely dry, and of course winter doesn't help.

Carmex is the chapstick (gel, really) to go for for the extreme dryness. It's the little yellow tube that most pharmacies have for pretty cheap. Doesn't taste too good and can be goopy, but it really, really helps. Way more than regular chapstick. This is the kind of stuff fishermen and other extreme guys use in harsh winter weather.


As for natural acne products, I used to use Kiss My Face acne products (expensive brand usually found at Whole Foods) to help moderate breakouts. My acne was eventually too stubborn for this alone, but now that I'm off the Accutane and clear, I use Desert Essence Daily Facial Wash and Moisturizer to keep my skin healthy and prevent breakouts. You can find this for (relatively) cheap at Whole Foods as well. That line and Kiss My Face both are recognized for being good, solid natural treatments, but Desert Essence is cheaper.

I hope I don't sound like a commercial. And I hope you find the right stuff for you!
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« Reply #6: February 13, 2008, 03:54:14 pm »

I have tried many such as ChapStick, ChapAid or something, and many others. (basically whatever is cheapest at the moment, or what i can find...)

A lot of the cheaper brands are *heavily* wax based: they reliably make chapped lips worst for me. I've had better luck with Burt's Bees, but the one I discovered this winter was making my own: a friend and I did some salve making in December, and our mix of honey, beeswax, and lanolin made a great lip salve. (It also tastes fantastic). If you're interested, I can dig out instructions. (You don't need a lot of beeswax, either: craft stores sometimes carry it, or health food stores, and a little bit of salve will last you a long time.)

For acne, it depends what's causing it: mine is largely hormone driven, as far as we can tell, and work with a herbalist has helped a lot. That said; a lot of what was making it *worse* had to do with sensitive skin (i.e. I'd break out, then the skin would get sensitised.

Switching to non-commercial soaps (I get mine from one of several cottage industry sellers) helped a lot. You might look either for soaps for sensitive skin, or for ones containing lavender and/or tea tree oil, both of which are bacteria killers, and often help acne (assuming you don't have any allergies.)

I'm also regularly using an oil cleansing method (which uses a mixture of oils to clean. Sounds weird, but it's working really well for me: jojoba and castor oil are a common base, but there are different additives you can look at.) I don't use it every day, but do use it a couple of times a week.

Drinking plenty of water, running a humidifier or otherwise getting more water into the air in the winter if it's dry where you are, and eating sensibly will all help too. None of them are fast fixes, but they're a lot more reliable.
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« Reply #7: February 13, 2008, 03:58:14 pm »

Carmex is the chapstick (gel, really) to go for for the extreme dryness. It's the little yellow tube that most pharmacies have for pretty cheap. Doesn't taste too good and can be goopy, but it really, really helps. Way more than regular chapstick. This is the kind of stuff fishermen and other extreme guys use in harsh winter weather.

You beat me to it. Carmex all the way, baby!! It's definitely an acquired taste though.

I wear it at night...and I like Blistex medicated during the day.

If you get Carmex, get the kind in the little tub...there's more in there for the price. A little goes a LONG way.
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« Reply #8: February 13, 2008, 04:09:48 pm »

Carmex is the chapstick (gel, really) to go for for the extreme dryness.
*snip*
I hope I don't sound like a commercial. And I hope you find the right stuff for you!
Wow. Duh how on earth can I have forgotten about Carmax??? Wow. I used that stuff all the time in the little "tub" containers (ya know, with the white container and yellow lid?) because my mom kept buying it, and I had no problems -hardly- then... Thank you so much, for reminding me of that stuff. And yeah, of course, water will help alot too.... hehe.
And even if you do sound like a comercial, at least I know its not because you are trying to just get me to buy it to benefit you. Wink lol. I dont generally trust actual commercials, they get away with alot of false info sometimes.. "truth stretching" puh.
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« Reply #9: February 13, 2008, 04:14:37 pm »

A lot of the cheaper brands are *heavily* wax based: they reliably make chapped lips worst for me.
Oh... I never knew that. And as said before, Carmex all the way. I actually like the taste much better than regular chapstick, once I got used to it. mm. Hehe. Cheesy

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but the one I discovered this winter was making my own: a friend and I did some salve making in December *snip* If you're interested, I can dig out instructions. (You don't need a lot of beeswax, either: craft stores sometimes carry it, or health food stores, and a little bit of salve will last you a long time.)[/qupte]
That would be good, if you could. Whenever you have time of course. Cheesy Been dealing with it for a year already, I think even waiting one more week wouldn't hurt... lol.

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I'm also regularly using an oil cleansing method (which uses a mixture of oils to clean. Sounds weird, but it's working really well for me: jojoba and castor oil are a common base, but there are different additives you can look at.) I don't use it every day, but do use it a couple of times a week.
hmm. Might try that if the other things i try dont work... (dont want to overdo it. hehe)
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« Reply #10: February 13, 2008, 04:16:32 pm »

I have always had a problem with chapped lips and acne.


For spot treating acne, I use lavender oil.  It helps to dry pimples up; I just put a bit on a qtip.  I read somewhere that mint toothpaste helps dry up pimples, so I tried it, and it worked!  Just use sparingly, otherwise you'll be running around screaming, "AHHH!! that tingles!!!"
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« Reply #11: February 13, 2008, 04:17:31 pm »

If you get Carmex, get the kind in the little tub...there's more in there for the price. A little goes a LONG way.
Oh yeah it sure does... Get a little tiny but on your finger, barely even on there at all, and that should be good. And it lasts a while too! It has a bit of a minty taste and smell to it, if I recall correctly... Wasn;t all that bad once you got used to it... Cheesy
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« Reply #12: February 13, 2008, 04:18:57 pm »


For spot treating acne, I use lavender oil.  It helps to dry pimples up; I just put a bit on a qtip.  I read somewhere that mint toothpaste helps dry up pimples, so I tried it, and it worked!  Just use sparingly, otherwise you'll be running around screaming, "AHHH!! that tingles!!!"
hah I LIVE for the tingle. Wink lol. Thanks for the tip, might try that hehe. Just because it couldn't hurt (well, I mean, sure it might tingle but, in the long run.... lol)
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« Reply #13: February 13, 2008, 06:36:44 pm »

O the joys of acne. I've only just gotten mine mostly under control, but I still have some pretty heinous breakouts every once in a while.

Lavender essential oil works nicely, as does tea tree oil. If you have oily skin, I would strongly recommend against using any product that might strip your skin's natural moisture, as this could cause your sebaceous glands to work overtime to put out more oil to replace what was removed, creating a vicious cycle of sorts. Just use a gentle hand-milled soap and make sure your washcloth is freshly laundered (if it was used before and simply hung up to dry there could be bacteria lurking inside from any dead skin that got sloughed off whilst you were using it; all the more reason to just use your hands). Witch hazel is a good natural astringent found in any drug store; it cleans your skin without drying it out, and it's an anti-inflammatory that takes away some of the pain and redness that go hand-in-hand with pimples.
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« Reply #14: February 13, 2008, 06:38:48 pm »

I have always had a problem with chapped lips and acne.

For the lips you can use honey. When at home and the honeyjar is near to put it on the lips repeatedly.
It's very healing. Oh and I'd recommend you my olive oil sos-lip balm I bought at the pharmacy, but I'm afraid it wouldn't be available where you live Sad
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