I’ve been an EOS lip balm fan for ages. I’ve gone through quite a few of the cute little spheres and generally keep one by my computer.
Last October after not having an EOS balm for ages I decided to pick one up to send to Katie as part of her Christmas gift and also picked one up for myself. I got the Summer Fruit (aka the red one) because it’s my favorite. I put the new balm beside my computer and didn’t think anything about it.
The next 2 and a half months were a series of odd events revolving around my lips I couldn’t figure out. And didn’t connect to a product until a week ago.
Currently there is a class action lawsuit against EOS (Evolution Of Smooth) claiming EOS lip balm can cause skin damage. Here’s an article from time.com about the suit.
A pretty detailed account of what I like to call the worst 2 months of my lip’s life can be found under the jump.
Trust me y’all, throw away those EOS lip balms!
November: My lips were unusually dry. I figured it was the cold weather. At this point the EOS balm wasn’t heavily in my rotation. I would grab it maybe once a week. I was using Smith’s Rosebud Salve at night and Fresh Sugar Advanced Therapy Lip Treatment in the morning.
Thanksgiving: Being that it was a holiday my normal routine was kind of off. I was using the EOS lip balm much more frequently as it somehow made its way to my nightstand. A few days after Thanksgiving in addition to my lips feeling chapped the sides of my mouth actually cracked. It was awful. In an attempt to combat this I started using Vaseline and Neosporin on my lips at night along with Avon Moisture Therapy Intensive Healing & Repair Moisturizing Lip Treatment Balm and Blistex Lip Medex during the day. After about 2 weeks my lips were mostly back to normal.
December: Once my lips had fully healed from the post Thanksgiving debacle things were mostly normal. It was the holiday season and I was super busy. That meant less time on the computer therefore I really wasn’t using the EOS balm.
January: The beginning of the month I rediscovered my EOS balm. I started using it again multiple times a day. Within a week my lips felt super dehydrated so I kept using the balm thinking it would help. The weather had gotten pretty cold here and I was running the heat at night so I figured normal winter dry lips.
That is until it all just seemed so abnormal. I couldn’t go more than 5 minutes without applying some kind of lip product. My lips were not only uncomfortable they actually hurt. The skin around my lips started to dry out and I got small bumps. I thought it was from slathering so many lip products on my lips. Despite constantly using lip products the sides of my mouth cracked. It was so bad that when I would talk the sides of my mouth would start to bleed.
Normally when my lips are chapped it’s the inside of my lips that get dry. In this case it was the outside of my lips. The area felt tight, not really dry. Finally I realized my lips were actually slightly swollen.
At this point I had my suspicions that the EOS balm may be at least contributing to my problem as when I would apply the EOS balm it actually hurt. My lips instantly felt worse.
Today is Friday. On Monday I quit using anything but Vaseline and Neosporin on my lips. I’ve been carrying a huge tub of Vaseline around in my purse and at this point have no shame. I slather Vaseline on my lips anytime I feel like I need it. The discomfort and pain had just become too much. At night I put a small amount of Neosporin on the cracks on the side of my mouth before slathering on Vaseline.
As of now my lips are MUCH better but not completely back to normal. They’re still a little swollen (I’ve been joking it looks like I got Lindsay Lohan lip injections) and the blisters that were around my mouth are healing. My lips are still a bit chapped but nothing compared to before.
For the foreseeable future the only thing going near my lips is Vaseline, Neosporin and Aquaphor Lip Repair.
Final Thoughts: First of all I just want to say I’ve never had an allergic reaction to a topical beauty product before. My skin isn’t sensitive. I can use just about anything.
Secondly, I just want to say that I used to love EOS lip balm. I don’t know if EOS changed their formula or if my lip balm came from a bad batch (the one I sent Katie is also in the trash just to be safe!). Because I’d used EOS products in the past it look me 2 months to connect the dots. And while I hate that others have had similar (or worse!) experiences with EOS products lately when I read the news about the law suit it was almost comforting. I wasn’t crazy. It was the lip balm causing my lip problems.
EOS did respond to my tweet and I will send them a link to this post in the email I send them. If they respond I will make sure to update this post.
I was at a CVS and Harris Teeter yesterday and EOS products are still on the shelves. To say the least I will no longer be purchasing their products.