By Dr. Stacy Matthews
Eczema is a form of dermatitis, inflammation of the skin, that is characterized by a dry, rough, scaly, and red appearance. Eczema located on the lips is referred to simply as lip eczema. Although lip eczema appears to have no known external cause in many cases, it is often a reaction to irritation by some substance. A study in Spain showed that most cases of lip eczema are allergic contact dermatitis or atopic dermatitis. Further, cosmetics and topical medications were the main culprits (1).
Some people are more susceptible than others to develop lip eczema. Therefore, there is a hereditary (genetic) factor associated with the condition. Lip eczema becomes a significant problem when it is chronic and difficult to resolve. When lip eczema is present, there is an unending dryness that does not respond to the typical over-the-counter lip balms. The lips appear red, visibly dry, flaky, and often peel.
Common cosmetic products have ingredients that often trigger lip eczema. For instance, the same lip balms some people use in an attempt to relieve dry lips actually can cause eczema or make it worse. Lanolin in lip products such as lip balms has been identified as an allergen causing lip eczema in some people. Beeswax is another component notorious for causing contact dermatitis. Fragrances are one of the main ingredients in cosmetics and lotions that cause skin irritation. Fragrances in lipstick products and lip balms can also trigger lip eczema.
To relieve lip eczema, some people are prescribed hydrocortisone cream, but once stopped, the problem often returns. Some opt for shea butter and essential oils such as lavender oil to relieve dryness. MatrX B Response Gel contains natural ingredients with multiple skin protecting and healing functions. Our very own founder, Dr. Yazdani struggled with lip eczema for 10 years with no relief from a diversity of skin treatment products, including hydrocortisone cream. However, after twice daily application of MatrX B Response Gel, she noticed drastic improvement of lip dryness and the eczema resolved permanently. Avoiding products containing allergens and using products that promote skin health, such as MatrX B Response Gel, are viable options to address lip eczema.
1. Loidi-Pascual L, Hervella-Garcés M, Larrea-García M, Santesteban-Muruzábal R, Agulló-Pérez A, Yanguas-Bayona I. [Lip eczema. Experience in the Contact Dermatitis Unit of a Spanish tertiary hospital]. An Sist Sanit Navar. 2015 Sep-Dec;38(3):409-16.
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