By Mayo Clinic StaffMay 12, 2018 | 9:06AMSaines, Minn.
— If you have trouble getting a fix on your lips, there are solutions you can try.
If you have a calcium problem, you’re not alone.
In fact, it’s estimated that at least half of Americans suffer from the problem, said Dr. David Schulz, an orthopedic surgeon and director of the Mayo Clinic Center for Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery.
Loss of the calcium that comes from the diet, exercise and other sources of calcium is the cause of most cases of lips disease, said Schulz.
The problem is often masked by a weak diet or other foods that make people less hungry, said Kristin Miller, a clinical assistant professor of dermatology at the University of Michigan and chair of the Department of Dermatology.
The good news is that there are ways to prevent or reverse some of the problems associated with the disease, including diet, regular exercise, avoiding foods that can cause dryness, having a regular check-up and using lip balm, lotion and mouthwash.
While lip balms are often recommended, Miller said she would suggest using mouthwash and mouthwashes as well.
“We don’t use mouthwash in the U.S. for the whole world, but I do think lip balming could help a lot of people,” she said.
She said she has patients that are using lip whitening products for several years, but the use of products that contain ingredients that are toxic or harmful for humans is a big problem for many.
The National Institutes of Health, the Food and Drug Administration and other groups have been researching lip whiteners and other products that are being used in the cosmetics industry to treat the problem of lost calcium.
The U.N. World Health Organization has been working with manufacturers and research groups to find a better solution.
In May 2018, the FDA approved a lip whitener containing vitamin B12 for use in the treatment of the disease.
Miller said that the drug company has not yet started testing the drug on its own.
The U.K.-based L’Oreal Co. recently made headlines for a campaign promoting the company’s product.
In a video, a woman, dressed in a white lab coat, talks about the importance of using the product.
“If we don’t get calcium, we are all going to die,” she says.
“Lip whitening is like a medicine, it has to be used properly, and we have to make sure we get enough of it,” said Kristi L. Miller, an assistant professor at the Mayo School of Medicine who studies lip whitners.
Lip Whitening Products Are Being Tested to HelpLip whiteening products are a popular alternative to lip bleaching because they’re more effective at removing dead skin cells, as opposed to removing collagen.
But there’s no evidence that they work for every lip problem, Miller noted.
“A lot of lip problems are related to the lack of calcium,” Miller said.
“If you’re taking the wrong thing or are getting the wrong one, it may be hard to find the right thing.”
One study found that about two-thirds of people who used a lip treatment for a few weeks and then stopped the treatment had a problem that needed treatment.
“People tend to think lip whiters are just a quick fix for lips, but in this case, it really depends on the person and what they have,” Miller added.
“You may want to use lip balmbon, lip balme or lip balmia.
If it’s just a little bit, you may not need to use it as much.”
Some lip whitings also are made with ingredients that can be harmful for people who already have the disease and the possibility of developing it, said Miller.
Lidocaine is one ingredient found in some lip whitewashes that is known to cause irritation and is toxic to some people.
Another ingredient that may be toxic is bromelain, a chemical used in nail polish that can irritate and even kill skin cells.
If the chemical does get into your body, it can lead to a condition called hyperpigmentation.
Lidocane, which has been shown to cause cancer in mice, is not approved for use on the skin because of safety concerns.
In a recent study, researchers at the UConn School of Pharmacy found that lidocain and bromeliain, two other ingredients in lip whiteners, did not significantly alter lip color or improve the appearance of the lips.
“There’s no scientific evidence to support the use or use of these ingredients,” Miller noted in a statement.
“The FDA is investigating the safety of the ingredients, and the FDA has not provided guidance on the use and safety of lip whitens.”
Lidoclacaine, which is made from a