Allergen in lip balm causes chapped lips

A popular pawpaw-based lip balm contains an undeclared allergen that can cause lips to become severely chapped, dermatologists have found.

Myroxylon pereiraewas, a relatively common allergen, is not listed as an ingredient in Lucas Pawpaw Ointment, however, the manufacturer of the ointment confirmed that a small amount was present.

Dermatologists believe that the myroxylon pereiraewas in the ointment was the cause of the dermatitis (inflammation of the skin) they found in two patients.

Read more at Australasian Journal of Dermatology