Lip balm is addictive.

  Many people swear that lip balm is addictive. Some even have conspiracy theories that lip balm manufacturers put secret ingredients in their products to encourage people to use them more often.

  One popular urban legend is that the makers of Carmex add ground-up fiberglass to their product. This would supposedly irritate the lips to the point that the user feels the need to reapply constantly.

  This is NOT true. But Carmex does contain salicylic acid. It helps slough off dead skin which helps to dry up cold sores and promote the healing of severely dry lips. But it may actually INCREASE dryness of healthy lips.

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