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CortiBalm: A Miracle in a Little Tube

After treating literally thousands of patients with mild to severe chapped lips, Dr. Dan Viders developed the only truly hypoallergenic medicated lip balm with 1% hydrocortisone - CortiBalm. This lip balm is perfect for acne and psoriasis patients currently taking Accutane, Amnesteen or Soriatane. It is also great for chapped or irritated lips caused by exposure to the sun, wind, cold weather or a reaction from cosmetics. Over one million tubes sold!

FACT: Dr. Dan's CortiBalm is the only medicated lip balm with 1% hydrocortisone for all types of chapped lips!


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How Does Your Lipbalm Compare?

Dr. Dan's CortiBalm is the #1 dermatologist recommended brand for all types of mild to severe chapped lips. See how your current lip balm stacks up to our patented formula by clicking on its name to the left.

 

CortiBalm

CortiBalm

Abreva

Abreva
Developed by Dermatologists? yes no
Prescription Strength? yes no
Free Samples? yes no
Money-back Guarantee? yes no
Free of Harmful Chemicals? yes no
 

CortiBalm

CortiBalm

Blistex

Medicated Blistex

Blistex

Blistex Complete

Blistex

Blistex Lip Revitalizer
Developed by Dermatologists? yes no no no
Prescription Strength? yes no no no
Free Samples? yes no no no
Money-back Guarantee? yes no no no
Free of Harmful Chemicals? yes no no no

Dr. Dan's Notes

Dr. Dan's CortiBalm: 1 % hydrocortisone, beeswax, petroleum jelly, and mineral oil.

Medicated Blistex Lip Medex: Petrolatum, Camphor (1%), Menthol (1%), Phenol (0.5%) in a base that includes cocoa butter, flavor, lanolin, mixed waxes and oil of cloves.

Dr. Dan’s Comment: Oil of Cloves contains Eugenol which “readily sensitizes the mucous membrane of the skin” or in other words can easily cause irritation of the lips. Menthol, phenol and lanolin can also irritate the lips. Dr. Dan’s CortiBalm will never contain a known common irritant.

Ref. Fischer’s Contact Dermatitis, Fourth Edition pgs, 910, 294-295, 145.

Blistex Complete Moisture: Dimethicone 2%, Octyl methoxycinnamate 7.5% Oxybenzone 2.5%, behenoyl stearic acid, butylparaben, caprylic/capric triglyceride cholesteryl/behenyl/octyldodecyl lauroyl glutamate, dioctyl adipate, ethylparaben, flavor, glycerin, jojoba esters, lecithin, methylparaben, microcrystalline wax, occtylpalmitate, occtyl stearate, ozokerite, panthenol, petrolatum, propylparaben, purified water, sodium borate, sodium saccharin, and squalane.

Dr. Dan’s comment: In addition to at least 6 potential allergens this lip balm contains many chemicals that even a chemistry major, like myself, can’t quite figure out. I can see why they called it Complete. Also, I am sure they needed to add saccharin because it probably didn’t taste very good without it. Dr. Dan’s CortiBalm needs no artificial sweeteners.

Ref. Fisher’s Contact Dermatitis Fourth ed. pgs. 531-532, 902, 900.

Blistex Lip Revitalizer: Dimethicone (1%) in a base that includes cyclomethicone, phenyl trimethicone, petrolatum, microcrystalline wax, isohexadecane, lactic acid, silica, hydrogenated soybean oil, castor oil, jojoba oil, coconut oil, menthyl anthranilate, glyceryl stearate, bis-diglyceryl caprylate/caprate/isotearate/sterate/hydroxystearate adipate, lecithin, flavor, glycolic acidSqualane, almond oil, vitamin E, corn oil, vitamin A, saccharin, polybutene, sorbic acid, methylparraben, sunflower seed oil and calendula extract, bisabolol, sesame oil, and rhatania root extract, borage seed oil, cocoyl hydrolyzed soy protein, and polyamino sugar condensate.

Dr. Dan’s Comment: Although I didn’t have time to research borage seed oil and the likes of rhatania root extract, out of these 35 chemicals 6 are known allergens/irritants and in my personal experience glycolic acid can cause severe irritation and burning especially on cracked skin or lips. If you are using this for your lips and are getting worse it would not surprise me. Dr. Dan’s CortiBalm will never contain known common irritants or unknown root extracts.

 

CortiBalm

CortiBalm

Burt's Bees

Burt's Bees
Developed by Dermatologists? yes no
Prescription Strength? yes no
Free Samples? yes no
Money-back Guarantee? yes no
Free of Harmful Chemicals? yes no

Dr. Dan's Notes

Dr. Dan's CortiBalm: 1 % hydrocortisone, beeswax, petroleum jelly, and mineral oil.

Burt’s Beeswax Lip Balm: Coconut oil, beeswax, sweet almond oil, lanolin, tocopheryl acetate and tocopherol (vitamin E), peppermint oil, and comfrey root extract.

Dr. Dan’s Comment: Lanolin can cause a high number of allergic reactions in states where the skin is cracked or open. This explains why, when a person's lips are fissured or irritated from Accutane, Lanolin can make the condition much worse. In addition, the last patient that I observed using this lip balm experienced a severe burning sensation every time she applied this balm. My guess is that the peppermint oil, even though it smells nice, can cause a contact allergy.

Ref. Fisher’s Contact Dermatitis Fourth Ed, pg. 173.

 

CortiBalm

CortiBalm

Carmex

Carmex
Developed by Dermatologists? yes no
Prescription Strength? yes no
Free Samples? yes no
Money-back Guarantee? yes no
Free of Harmful Chemicals? yes no

Dr. Dan's Notes

Dr. Dan's CortiBalm: 1 % hydrocortisone, beeswax, petroleum jelly, and mineral oil.

Carmex: Menthol, camphor, alum, salicylic acid, phenol, fragrance, petrolatum, lanolin, cocoa butter and wax base.

Dr. Dan’s Comment: Of the ten listed ingredients in Carmex, 50% of them are known allergens. Although rare, a person might be allergic to one of the ingredients in Dr. Dan’s CortiBalm, 0% of mine are “common” and according to the “the Bible of contact dermatitis”, bee’s wax is “a rare sensitizer” and “very few cases have been reported of allergic hypersensitivity to petrolatum” which are the two main ingredients of Dr. Dan’s CortiBalm.

Ref. Fisher’s Contact dermatitis. Fourth Edition. pgs. 294-295, 910, 145,159,146, 180, 149.

 

CortiBalm

CortiBalm

Chapstick

Chapstick

Chapstick

Chapstick Lip Moisturizer SPF15

Chapstick

Chapstick Overnight
Developed by Dermatologists? yes no no no
Prescription Strength? yes no no no
Free Samples? yes no no no
Money-back Guarantee? yes no no no
Free of Harmful Chemicals? yes no no no

Dr. Dan's Notes

Dr. Dan's CortiBalm: 1 % hydrocortisone, beeswax, petroleum jelly, and mineral oil.

Chapstick: 44% Petrolatum's, 1.5% Padimate 0, 1% Lanolin, 1% Isopropyl myristate, and 0.5% Cetyl alcohol

Dr. Dan’s Comment: Lanolin can cause a high number of allergic reactions in states where the skin is cracked or open. This explains why, when a person's lips are fissured or irritated from Accutane, Lanolin can make the condition much worse, and as crazy as it sounds, in my humble medical opinion ChapStick should only be used when your lips are not chapped! Dr. Dan’s CortiBalm will never contain Lanolin.

Ref: Fisher’s Contact Dermatitis Fourth Edition pg. 295

Chapstick Lip Moisturizer SPF 15: White Petrolatum 40.7%, Octyl Methoxy cinnamate 7.5%, Oxybenzone 3.5%, aloe vera oil, carnauba wax, cetyl alcohol, fragrance, isocetyl stearate, isopropyl lanolate, isopropyl myristate, lanolin, methylparaben, paraffin wax, propylparaben, vitamin E, acetate, tocopheryl linoleate/oleate, and white wax

Dr. Dan’s Comment: This lip balm contains at least 6 ingredients that can cause allergic reactions and make your lips worse, especially depending on what exact “Fragrance” was used. That is why Dr. Dan’s CortiBalm has no added fragrance.

Ref. Fisher’s Contact Dermatitis Fourth Edition pgs, 531-532, 533, 295, 792, and 374.

ChapStick Overnight Lip Treatment: Dimethicone 2%, aloe extract, cetyl alcohol, colloidal silicon dioxide, cyclomethicone, hydrogenated polyisobutene, isocetyl stearate, lactic acid, methylparaben, microcrystalline wax, petrolatum, propylparaben, salicylic acid, vitamin A, and vitamin E.

Dr. Dan’s Comment: This lip balm contains multiple allergens and the lactic acid can cause an intense stinging reaction. Dr. Dan’s CortiBalm will never contain any acids.

Ref. Fischer’s Contact Dermatitis Fourth Edition pgs. 634, 549, 676, 146.

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