Too much lip balm?/ chapped lips help

Discussion in 'Trumpet Discussion' started by Roshoka, Oct 5, 2013.

  1. Roshoka

    Roshoka New Friend

    Jun 30, 2013
    So whenever i am not ableto play a day i get extremely chapped lips. Its so bad that if i've been playing 2 hours a day for a while and i switch to just one for a day my lips start to get chapped. I've tried to use a vitamin e stick but it doesnt help that much.

    This brought me to my current question. Can using too much lip balm have a negative effect? I'm an extremely heavy lip balm user, i always have blistexdct with me. Before that i always had chopsaver, and before that was vaseline. I literally use it all of the time.

    I am wondering if this excessive use could have a negative effect on my lips. If it doesnt can someone reccomend something to solve my chapped lips problem. I would like to make a career out of trumpet playing, but it wont happen if these chapped lips can inhibit my playing on an almost daily basis.

    (edit) Any similar stories or experiences would be much appreciated.
  2. Amir

    Amir New Friend

    Mar 7, 2009
    I heard that using too much lip balm is bad for you.
    the explanation is that you keep moisturizing your lips with the balm, and than the lips stop making their own moist. or something like that.
    and to me it makes sense.
    what I do, is putting an ointment (blistex has one) on my lips before i go to sleep, a good thick layer, but only once a day.
  3. Brekelefuw

    Brekelefuw Fortissimo User

    Mar 21, 2006
  4. Ed Lee

    Ed Lee Utimate User

    Aug 16, 2009
    Jackson NC
    Blistex has a purpose ... but it is NOT FOR HEAVY DAILY USAGE. No lip balm is. IMO, absent your general physician's referral to the appropriate medical specialist, you'll not find a satisfactory answer on this forum.

    Why am I getting a "vibe" that you've not been playing more than a year and have not been resting between etudes as long as the prior etude's duration, the consequence being that you're not strengthening and toughening your lips ... you're harming them.
  5. Vulgano Brother

    Vulgano Brother Moderator Staff Member

    Mar 23, 2006
    Parts Unknown
    The best remedy for chapped lips is hydration. Blistex is useful for short term use for cold sores, for example, but it is not recommended for continuous use. Waaay back in the day visiting an Airmen of Note clinic the suggestion was to stay away from Blistex because of the camphor in it dries out the lips over time. I fell in love with Carmex, but only at the end of a really hard day. (After a tough concert, say Holst's Planets we chose to drink whiskey to test how much our lips burned and then applied the Carmex.)
  6. Roshoka

    Roshoka New Friend

    Jun 30, 2013
    Ive been playing for about 6 years. If all of this is hurting my lips is there any way to reverse it?
  7. Vulgano Brother

    Vulgano Brother Moderator Staff Member

    Mar 23, 2006
    Parts Unknown
    Easy. Don't use Blistex. Go cold turkey.
  8. entrancing1

    entrancing1 Mezzo Piano User

    Feb 16, 2010
    Buffalo, NY

    Drink more water. I used to be heavy user of lip balm and was astounded at how infrequently I resorted to it after increasing my water intake.
  9. jiarby

    jiarby Fortissimo User

    May 7, 2011
    Nurture your chops from INSIDE... hydration, proper nutrition, and maybe some OTC vitamins supplements (E,C).

    I am a balm junkie too, but blend my own (1/2 Beeswax, 1/2 Carmex (can't quit the camphor), and a dab of Aquaphor)
  10. gmonady

    gmonady Utimate User

    Jan 28, 2011
    Dayton, Ohio
    Breast milk... Have never seen babys with chaped lips... breast milk must be the answer... the natural way to sooth tired, chapped lips...

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