Does Chapstick Addiction Really Exist?

Does Chapstick Addiction Really Exist?

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There is a rumor circling that there are people who are addicted to chapstick. Is this true? Many people use chapstick and it would be quite alarming f chapstick contain ingredients that are addictive. The idea of chapstick addiction has not been proven, however it is possible that those who uses chapstick more often than some, develops a habit.

The habit of putting on chapstick could appear as though the person is addicted to the chapstick itself. If the person were to be closely examined it may be determined that it is not the actual chapstick but the application of the chapstick that is addictive.

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Unfortunately, this could develop an annoyance to those who are watching, but the problem is much deeper. Liek many things in the life of people, we are stimulated by what we think about. Those who habitually apply chapstick to their lips often lick their lips for moisture. Thus, just thinking of you lips or someone taking about their dry lips could stimulate a action response to moisture your lips. Hence, the application of chapstick.

Chapstick addiction is just a label placed on the repeated act of applying chapstick a persons lips for consistant moisture. I have a young child, a 4 year old, who frequently have the urge of appying and reapplying chapstick. The child constantly complains about dry lips, even when it is not dry, and request the use of chapstick. In order to reduce the use of the chapstick, I have to hold on to it and hide it at times, or else every minute or so the child would be seen apply chapstick over and over and over again, stating that the lips are dry.

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Therefore, chapstick is not addictive, however the constant thinking of dry lips, leads to a person reapplying chapstick addictvely. On the other hand, chapstick can become a dependence issue. A person can become dependent on the need to have chapstick readily available, if it is not they will begin to hunt for it, or have the need to buy some more.

Like many things that we use often, we tend to become attached and in need of it. If that things is out of our reach we feel withdrawn, or empty until its back in possession. Chapstick becomes a part the wardrobe, an accessory. However, in some instances it is even more sever to the point that a person “need” to have chapstick on their person more than they do their wallet.

So really this  is nothing more than a cosmetic fix. Honestly, the chapstick application on the lips is a subconscious need to maintain appearance. The first place people look at in communication is the lips, and dried lips is not pleasing to the eyes. I constantly here in public setting, parents telling children to lick their lips, or people talking about chapped lips, or offering someone chapstick to moisturize the lips. Chapstick has become the habitual norm in today’s society. It can be guaranteed that if a person is standing in a public line, at least 1 out of every 10 person is applying chapstick. It is about lips as much as it is about health.

This addiction can possibly be driven by several factors: 1) appearance 2) health issues that results in excessive dryness 3) psychological sensitivity, and 4) a naturally formed habit. Despite what drives people to use chapstick addictively, the item itself does not cause addiction. Thoughts generate the act which gives the illusion that a person is addicted to chapstick. It is merely an excessive and compulsive habit.

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