As pharmacists, we are often asked to recommend a lip balm for isotretinoin, Accutane®, Claravis®, or Myorisan® patients. These products can cause very dry, swollen lips resulting
in a condition called cheilitis. We never had the perfect answer, so we decided to make our own product that we could stand behind.
To meet this need we created Lipster Medicated lip balm which contains 1% hydrocortisone. Hydrocortisone, or cortisol, is a hormone found naturally in the body that regulates immune function and helps prevent the body from overreacting to outside irritants. Despite the body's own cortisol, at times the immune response can be too powerful, allowing itching, redness, and inflammation to develop on the skin. In order to counteract this, a short course of topical hydrocortisone is often needed. Lipster Medicated can help get these immune responses under control.
Topical hydrocortisone use is usually not recommended for more than 14 days continuously. Because we wanted Lipster users to be able to maintain the results that they achieve with our hydrocortisone formula, we decided to bring our Lipster Original formula to market that we had developed using the same great ingredients, but without the hydrocortisone. This lip balm can be used every day, as many times per day as needed.
In combination, these two lip balms create a great treatment system that can first get severe lip conditions under control, and then maintain the positive results. It may help to think of this system like this: