Wow! Someone else
has this problem too?
Yeah, I have this problem! I finally realized that what brings it on for me is chapstick/lipstick/lip gloss.
Really-I can't wear them, with a single exception. The Merry Hempsters lip balm, but I can only use the vegan ones-lime or mandarin orange. I think that they are great as long as I remember to put it on! I have tried it all and nothing was helping until I found the hemp ones. My health food store was having a trade in as a promotion, and you could choose any flavor they had. So I got rid of the culprits and got some good ones. This was the first and only no beeswax one that found.
I seem to have this reaction to beeswax, which is in almost all lip products, "all natural" or not. That makes them start peeling and then the other ingredients common to lip products further irritate my lips: camphor, mint, color. They tend to make my lips burn. I can't do mineral oil either, my lips are all shiny and seemingly moist, the next thing I know my lips feel "crumby" when I start talking and my lips are touching each other-because within 10 minutes they are peeling!
A dermatologist also told me the only thing that would work was Aquaphor. I was there for an acne consult and she did not even look at my acne before she tried to write a script for it! Needless to say I didn't think very much about her opinion of Aquaphor after that. Good thing too-has mineral oil in it (when I checked it anyway), even though I told her I had reactions to it.
Merry hempsters works for me. It's very rich, more like a salve than a wax. Probably good if you have very dry lips-makes a great cuticle balm too. They even make one with SPF. A holy grail for me.