While it might look cute with it’s very distinct round package, EOS lip balm is causing anything but cuteness to many people who have been using it. We’re talking some very nasty side effects right on the lip area.
And to think this lip moisturizer has been promoted and endorsed by a bunch of celebrities is mind-boggling. But it is likely the reason why this EOS or “Evolution of Smooth” as it stands for, has been totally tearing up the lip balm market, making even the legendary Chapstick brand become buried in the hype.
Well if it’s new and it sounds too good to be true, even if Kim Kardashian is endorsing (or especially so) then it probably is. In this case it’s not just that it is ineffective, it that it is causing actual harm. Painful and blistering rashes are being reported, so much so that an actual class action lawsuit is being filed against the company. Rachel Cronin is one of the plaintiffs who said her lips actually became dry and rough after using the product. Well, she thought, maybe I’m not using enough. She applied some more, but things ended up getting worse. Her after photos reveal a swollen red and bumpy mouth which was apparently painful as well. When she posted this on social media, others began immediately chiming in saying that they also had suffered the same effect.
So far the reactions haven’t been explained. There’s only guessing that perhaps allergic reactions to some of the fruit oils and flavoring extracts could be to blame or perhaps the beeswax base. While this keeps the product organic and natural as possible, it could lead to severe allergic reactions. While it’s likely a few people would experience this, it’s hard to imagine a class action size group would all have these allergic responses.
If it occurs to you, you should wash it off thoroughly with a mild soap then dry the area and apply 1% hydrocortisone which will hopefully lessen the symptoms. But you should always see a doctor if things get worse.
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