From its early, humble beginnings as a small startup in 1947, Blistex has established itself as a leader in the lip niche so you may be wondering whether this prominent, ever-present lip product can offer angular cheilitis relief? In order to answer that question, we have to delve into the list of Blistex ingredients and see whether they have any potential effect on cheilitis.
Blistex Ingredients – Can They Fight Perleche?
Let’s examine Blistex medicated lip balm as even the word, ‘medicated’ gives us hope that it can decimate perleche. The primary active ingredient is dimethicone (also known as polydimethylsiloxane or PDMS) which is a silicone-based polymer. In simplest terms, it’s a silicone oil that offers a very smooth application. While a debate exists whether dimethicone is actually counter-productive for skin health (some claim that it interferes with the skin’s natural processes, such as sloughing off dead skin cells), this ingredient may simply feel good and lock in moisture. On a plus note, it is also categorized as a low hazard ingredient by several independent studies.
On the flip side, however, dimethicone will do nothing to eradicate the sinister microbes that may be responsible for your cheilitis. It just helps to prevent transepidermal water loss, enabling the user to retain moisture.
Continuing the ingredient examination of Blistex medicated lip balm, there are two other primary ones listed: oxybenzone and padimate. Oxybenzone is part of the benzophenone group of chemicals, and offers protection against UVB rays and some UVA rays. Padimate is a derivative of paraminobenzoic acid, or PABA, and provides sun protection as well. As lips can burn in the sun, Blistex has added these sunscreen/block ingredients to defend the sensitive lip area.
Once again, however, these ingredients will have no effect on angular cheilitis. But you may counter, perhaps its inactive ingredients will exert a positive influence on angular cheilitis symptoms. It should be noted that inactive ingredients are labeled as such because they don’t contribute to the main purpose of the product, but may help in terms of application, delivery, etc. As such, the inactive ingredients are not meant to offer lip relief and protection per se. In other words, they do not enhance or affect any therapeutic action of the active ingredients.
Scanning the inactive ingredients of the medicated lip balm, one can see beeswax, camphor, lanolin oil, mineral oil, and a host of others that will not truly address the underlying cause of cheilitis.
Looking at Blistex Claims
To its credit, Blistex, Inc. never asserts that it can get rid of problematic skin conditions, such as cold sores or angular cheilitis. On its web site, Blistex claims its bread and butter is preventing drying up of lip tissue and treating chapped lips. And from reading our web side, you’re aware that chapped lips should not be confused with angular cheilitis.
There are several anecdotal reports that Blistex healed perleche but this must be coincidental in nature. In other words, the user may have used other medication or his/her own immune system tackled the condition while Blistex was employed. As such, Blistex was erroneously credited with the save.
Final Word on Blistex and Smiting Angular Cheilitis
Unfortunately, Blistex will not heal perleche but may very well make your lips feel better. Still, easing discomfort and pain may very well prompt you to use Blistex but don’t expect that this will get rid of the cracked corners of your mouth.
One word of caution, however. By using Blistex, you can actually spread angular cheilitis microbes from one side of the mouth to the other. If you only have perleche on one side of the mouth, just use Blistex on that side, if you’re inclined to use it at all.