A few days ago I noticed that the outer edges of my lips seemed really dry and chapped, which is odd because I rarely have chapped lips and when I do, I promptly use one of my many balms to counter it. Most nights, I put on Dr. Bronner’s Sun Dog’s Magic Organic Lip Balm before bed. I’ve never had problems with it. Anyway, this irritated, dry skin has expanded to a little less than an inch all around my mouth. It feels a little inflamed, dry, bumpy and itchy. I’m putting aloe vera gel on it to ease the itch and irritation, but I’m bugged because I don’t know what could have caused this.
I imagine if it were an allergic reaction or sensitivity to something I’m eating or drinking, the irritation would appear inside my mouth, rather than outside. I have recently used some Body Shop products, but I couldn’t pinpoint one of them, since I have used a few. Could I have simply irritated the area with a vigorous bath brush in the shower, or is this some kind of dermatitis, or could it be that I’m detoxing through this area around my mouth? It seems so odd, but I’m stymied. I don’t want to see a doctor about it because I’ll just wind up with some medicated cream or a pill, which I’d rather not use.
Has anyone ever experienced this odd type of reaction or something similar elsewhere on the body? If so, was it a detox symptom or could you pinpoint the cause? It’s not getting worse, at this point, but it doesn’t look like it’s getting better, either. I’m just wondering how long I should wait before showing it to my M.D.