I used Dr Bronner’s Baby Mild soap for almost all of my cleaning, and a fragrance-free lotion. However, I think mine isn’t an allergy to beeswax, but to peppermint oil. My lips started being really chapped in the middle of winter. So glad you found the information helpful. But I understand your trepidation! Hi! I thought they were chapped and was initially treating them directly with honey. Amazing. I have a situation and I dont think it is due to allergic reaction to beeswax but your advise or suggestion would be greatly appreciated. Thanks for listening… …sad in Providence, RI. Will re-think the beeswax… thanks. The perioral dermatis is still there after following directions from dermatologist for almost 3 weeks now. Thank you sooooo much! Since I couldn’t use even a vegan lib balm (maybe the oils since my skin was already irritated?) I starting using the compound and CortiBalm and it felt better in a couple days. While this Bee Pollen: Benefits and Side Effects article does state that, "It's important to avoid confusing bee pollen with natural honey, honeycomb, bee venom, or royal jelly. Although lately I haven’t liked my lips very much , Oh no! For now I’m guessing I must be allergic to the beeswax. Thanks again! I occasionally get tingly lips after eating apples and, although I know some people are allergic to birch pollens, I suspect- for me- that it is not the birch pollen that I am reacting to but rather the (bees) wax coating on the apple. Thank you both so much for your comments and insight! The only thing that didn’t burn was Aquaphor, (even though I now see it has beeswax in the ingredients) So for a month I used that, it would flare up in the morning and subside a bit later in the day..but soo annoying and embarrassing. I especially am thankful for those pictures…if I had merely read your blog I may have bypassed it as one of the many rash complaints on the web, which are unrelated to my issue. Get Started. And you can get a rash around the mouth/lips or eyes even when the propolis is applied elsewhere on the body. Good luck and if you figure it out, please do share your findings here. I had started making lip balms, using more essential oils, etc. Now, I won’t eat any produce grown in Door County, Wisconsin where I live. Hopefully, the pink will go away in 3 to 4 days as it did for you. I`m still a little freaked out at the moment. Thank You for your insight ! The little blisters would burst and yellowish fluid oozed out and formed a nasty yellowish scab. A simple Google search did not reveal much. Bee stings are a different chemical substance than propolis, so I am not surprised that you are not allergic to bee stings. It’s so tiresome–not to mention itchy and sometimes painful–to have a more or less permanent rash. It has been suggested to eat Vit C (an antioxidant) with each meal to help bind to the nickel to reduce its absorption. I saw a dermatologist 2 weeks ago and she agreed it was beeswax. Can you recommend a brand of mascara and eyeliner that she might be able to use without an allergic reaction? Currently I am using just a little vaseline or Aquafor while I wait for your products to arrive…please send them asap as this rash is so uncomfortable. Do lipsticks have beeswax and/or lanolin? While Shea butter is great for most people, it does contain natural latex, which I react to with a rash developing soon after application. I didn’t get better until I started using vegan floss. Do you think the bee sting has anything to do with it? As a side, the external cream compound and CortiBalm lipbalm have been very helpful in recovering from the painful symptoms. I recently made some lotion with beeswax, organic oil, and water for my daughter (2.5 yrs old). , I recently had this problem due to beeswax combined with stress at work. I had been out in the sun weeding my garden and developed a rash around my mouth. I am quite sensitive too. Carnauba wax, however, tends to be a problem for some people with propolis allergy. After reaching out with what I was going through and finding here that Beeswax was the answer to my awful lip intolerance (allergy) I hope this gives other sufferers a fast resolve in the future. if we cannot use beeswax? It Must Be A Total Coincidence That I Had Filler Injection In My Lips Exactly One Month Before I Started Having issues. I recently developed new allergies after giving birth to my now 3 month old daughter (who is allergic to milk & soy- that’s fun too!). And an allergy to pollen does not translate into an allergy to propolis either. The immune system finds this foreign substance as harmful for the body and releases antibodies to fight it. ), but much better than the allergic reaction. OMG ! Since I saw the allergist yesterday morning I’m off all those other products and its better yet, though my lips are still mighty tender. Just a tickle in my throat (actually it felt tight all the way down, like heartburn) but just keep coughing like I swallowed down the wrong tube only I didn’t. I got rid of that reaction the same day, but I woke up this morning looking puffy. On special occasions, I suffer while wearing it, then scrubbed off it goes…….I guess it’s all related. It started last winter, we went to a dermatologist for a diagnosis & were told it was either a form of eczema (which she very occasionally deals with) or a fungal infection. I will also order your lip oil ASAP. Select Page. It looks like a good guess that I have histamine intolerance, which is a real bummer as the fermented foods have been great for my GI tract (which is always a mess -I’ve chalked it up to IBS. I printed out a long list of Balsam of peru potential cross allergens and beeswax showed up. It is obviously very powerful stuff! You are welcome! I will try the Candelilla wax and see if I have any problems with it! Separately, I love raw honey, and started about awhile ago eating a few spoonfuls every day. I was diagnosed by the dermatologist. Aquaphor doesn’t have beeswax it in… at least mine doesn’t. Anyways, Thank you so much for your advise. Common Causes of Recurrent Lip Rash (Cheilitis). I hope this information helps you. You could use a different emulsifier such as lecithin, but you could leave out the emulsifier altogether and just shake the product before use. He will fix it asap. I thought it was from a new toothpaste I was using so I stopped and treated it with Carmex, and it got better. I eat honey almost every day and never noticed an issue with that. Great – thank you for sharing. I wanted a natural look so I last week I went to my stylist to do dread locks. I even used Burt’s Bees products more liberally thinking a natural alternative would be a good thing. Obviously beeswax isn’t for all of us. The skin was red, itchy, with burning and stinging sensations. I did some research on the vitamin e oil….duh! Once you do, find all of the ways you are exposed and you’ll be surprised how many things may be affecting you! Most lipsticks (and other cosmetics) contain beeswax and it’s really hard to find one without. I am looking for an alternative to use in my cosmetics. I try very hard to follow a fragrance free life and as a result my allergy/sensitivity has 100% cleared up – I believe ultimately that was as helpful as cutting out the beeswax. If any further reaction occurs, I will post here. I would love to hear about any of you who can share your experience with filtered beeswax. Symptoms may vary depending on the severity of your allergy. If I was allergic to beeswax, all of my lipbalm contains beeswax and I’m ok with that. Great blog!! Candililla wax is what we use in Zi Zai’s Beeswax-Free Lip Herbal Lip Balm. Prescription ointments and creams containing anti histamine and steroid help reduce itching and swelling on the skin’s surface. We are making changes to our site, so sorry the link isn’t working. Also I know working in childcare that people tend to get colds and what not. Here’s the link on the EWG database (and AMAZING resource for researching ingredients): I don’t see anyone commenting about a candelilla wax allergy here? It’s the propolis in bees wax causing inflammation around my mouth and sensitivity on my lips. >.<, Glad you figured out what was causing your rash, Annie. It is the worst combination and nothing I’ve used seems to help. “Zi Zai! They help eliminate dust, odors, mold in the air, easing allergy and asthma symptoms and improve breathing. Since that time I have never been able to wear lipstick again and have tried all types of natural products without any luck. It started as a rash about the size of a dime, just where I dabbed the oil and over the week following that it got larger every day. Good luck because for 9 months I was insane trying to figure out the problem….it is very frustrating! I avoided beeswax, and reached for the Lansinoh lanolin cream as a lip moisturizer. Some people will tell you that you can still use essential oils for fragrance. And stay clear of salad bars – I have had a few clients tell me that the sulfites sprayed on them caused allergic reactions. Thank you! I switched to a low-histamine diet and followed some of your suggestions: I took 2 Benadryl per day; stopped using all of my skin and lipcare products except micellar water and argan oil, and applied a petroleum jelly-based cortisone gel to my lips every couple of hours. So keep away from “flavored” lipsticks facial products (esp. In the last post, we began our discussion about eczema by coming to agreement on exactly what we mean by eczema. I had a reaction to a mainly beeswax lip balm a couple years ago and just had it again. I used eight hour cream for the rash and it went away after two days. Starting using lotromin, worked for several days, but still didn’t cure. I recently had patch testing for a similar irritation to your lips, except mine was on my eyelid. I then noticed my lips were quite dry, bought more Burt’s Bees chap sticks, lip gloss and shimmers. Once it gets to your mouth, the whole world can see and I was hiding from people too. http://www.zizaidermatologyproducts.com/Cold-Sore-Herbal-Lip-Balm.html. Thanks for your blog. I had a similar reaction to that except mine spread around the outside around my mouth a bit more and was fire engine red for around four months. Wrong! I am most fond of the roll-on. I tried a million things to cure it, unsuccessfully (mind you, still using my favorite lip balm). Beeswax. Mascara often contains beeswax (usually labeled as Cera Alba). Yes patch testing for propolis allergy is common. There has been an increase in the frequency of allergic contact dermatitis in recent years due to the increased use and popularity of products (especially skin care products) that contain propolis (intentionally or accidentally remnant in beeswax). It could likewise cause hives and rashes and you be possible to feel really tired all the time. Does this sound like your problem?? So I’ve given up all my products that contain the Melaleuca Oil, and I’m considering eliminating all the products and food sources related to Balsam of Peru allergy… It’s going to be hard though. I have been using many natural skin care products the last several years. In the past two years, I’ve had the same rash a few times and at first I moisterized my lips but it seemed to make it worse and when i let it dry up and flake it actually iced and burned less. I have had a similar rash during the last month, this was following application of lipstick. The doctors had no explanation. When I read this I knew immediately without even getting myself tested for anything that this could be it. People with an allergy to propolis can also react to carnauba wax. I have a history of allergic reactions to perfumes, lotions, make up with glitter (silica? This contact allergy may cause your skin to react when it is exposed to this substance although it may take several days for the symptoms to appear. My dermatologist prescribed cortisone creams and they weren’t helping either and she said to see an allergist 5 years ago. Stay tuned! I figured it was the beeswax because there are literally two ingredients in my lip balm and I definitely don’t have a problem with olive oil. I believe my lips be allergic to beeswax also. I didn’t realize it could be the bees wax until a few days into using it. Try a different brand. Hi Diana! Just wanted to jump in and say that I too am very allergic to Balsam of Peru (I’m an earlier poster, see above), and I LOVE my Zi Zai’s Beeswax Free lip balm. Allergic contact dermatitis from beeswax in lip balm. My mouth is almost normal now (Saturday) and I was at the doctor’s on Tuesday morning so after months of this problem, I am very happy. I’m going through the same thing….used Bonne Bell Lip-smacker for about 10 years, no problems. More recently, my lips get swollen, become sensitive, and burn with tiny red vesicles along the edges and on my lips as well, and weep clear or clear pale yellow fluid. Once it developed, I tried every kind of all-natural lip chapstick I could find, including non-beeswax, vegan chapsticks. I developed this allergy when I started using Burt’s Bees chapstick when I moved for college, and eventually my brilliant mother associated the cause of this terrible allergy to the chapsticks I was constantly using. I am trying to find a beeswax that I am not allergic to. This is so interesting. I had some pure propolis from a beekeeper friend and decided to try an experiment. Jan 24, 2013 - 100% Beeswax candle actually cleans the air and helps reduce the pollutant and allergen load. The rash essentially “went away” after the winter months…Then it came back again with a sore along the left side of the mouth. Beeswax is much easier to work with when making ointments and other products, too, and I prefer it to plant waxes for that reason. But to be labeled as “pharmaceutical” grade, the beeswax must pass certain tests to ensure it is free from other synthetic waxes (such a paraffin, stearic acid or tallow). ;_; How long do you need to stop using it and will my lips ever return to normal? Thanks for your help! I know how frustrating it can be. I’ve been using the same skincare routine in the a.m. for years and love it. so there you go. Thank you so much for sharing your info! But I didn’t think nickel will be present to any of the other products?! I’m still going to proceed cautiously into my crafting , Thanks for sharing the details of your exoerience, Miss E. Propolis can indeed be found in honey . I had previously given up all make up and even contact lenses since I had allergic reactions to everything I used. Guess what, it is lightly back. Perhaps try soy candles? Honey Allergy. Keep us posted…I hope this is the thing to get you your health back! She treated me with Cordran lotion, which helped but was only intended for short term use. I’m ridiculously allergic to bees, so it would naturally follow that there could be a contact allergy to any bee product. So I’m giving it a try. Just a quick FYI, it will BURN, A LOT! Not happy about your reaction, but really glad you brought it to our attention – thanks for sharing your story. I put a cold towel on them. Fort Collins, CO 80526  U.S.A. Want to get the latest natural wellness news, healthcare tips and exclusive product discounts? I narrowed my problem down pretty quickly to Burts Bees lip balm. I just prayed that things would go back to normal after having the baby, but she was born in October and nothing has improved. 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