Tired of Trumpet Player Lips?

Discussion in 'Trumpet Discussion' started by Scremindman, Mar 31, 2009.

  1. Scremindman

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    I came across an article that stated the use of toothpaste, can prevent, and cure discoloring of the lips. Apply a white toothpaste once a day evenly to your lips. Remove when toothpaste hardens. Results should be seen in a weeks time.
     
  2. Publius_

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    I don't know I never had lip discoloration and I've been playing for quiet some time. Did this happen to you? I'm interested in this, anyone out there have discolored lips?
     
  3. Scremindman

    Scremindman New Friend

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    yes i've had this problem on and off for a while now, and I don't use pressure when I play
     
  4. Pedal C

    Pedal C Mezzo Forte User

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    Phil Smith calls it the Mark of the Beast. I'm proud of mine (and it doesn't take much pressure to leave a mark after years and years of practice)!
     
  5. GoodMusic@PA

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    I don't get discoloration but a lot of cold sores... maybe because I don't wash my mouthpiece as often as I should???
     
  6. lmf

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    You could switch to guitar and not have the lip problem, but many trumpet players think their "trumpet lips" look sexy. They wear those lips as a badge of honor.

    Best wishes,

    Lloyd
     
  7. sinofian

    sinofian Pianissimo User

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    Yeah, you can trade your discolored lips for nasty finger calluses :dontknow:

    I've played the guitar for almost 30 years (even longer than the trumpet!) & my wife is always complaining that the finger tips on my left hand feel like sandpaper.

    The only time I've noticed any change in my lips from playing was immediately following an especially taxing performance, btw.
     
  8. SpiritDCI08

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    I wonder...and I may be wrong.
    Are the discoloration of the lips the side effect of loss of circulation?
    Wouldn't soft low long tones and lip flaps help that out?
    I haven't experienced this problem before.
    But I do get that annoying side circle on my lips.
     
  9. bobd0

    bobd0 Piano User

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    I play trumpet and guitar. I like my trumpet lips and my guitar fingers.

    Toothpaste is for teeth. :lol:
     
  10. SpiritDCI08

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    Surprising it works for acne too!!! A friend told me to apply colgate thinly to a pimple after washing my face and go to bed with it on. It works like a dream, and leaves your face smelling minty. :D The toothpaste absorbs the oils and dries the pimple out. Another friend told me to use a raw egg, but I'm less willing to try that. :dontknow:
     

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