Back in February, I tried a new lip gloss and got an irritated red line around my upper lip. It was very thin and distinctive - looked as if I was wearing bright red lip liner and nothing else. I went to the doctor and she said it looked like an allergic reaction. I stopped using the lip gloss, switched to an all natural nourishing Burt's Bees "dermatologist approved" chapstick, and it went away in about 36 hours.
In late may, it happened again - but after I'd been using a lip gloss that I'd used very frequently for several months with no issues. I went, got some of the "dermatologish approved" chapstick, and it again went away in about 24 hours.
I rarely wear anything but that chapstick now, but I ran out and tried a new Nivea brand for two days. After two days, the red line was back, but it was all the way around my lips - bottom, as well - which has never happened before. Again, it went away after using the all natural chapstick, but then other symptoms began.
Next, the sides of my mouth cracked. That has subsided, but now my lips are sloughing off skin. Huge sheets of it are coming off, and one side is now very red and raw.
I just noticed in one of the very red, raw areas, there is a tiny white bump - like a tiny pimple head. It is one of the areas where the skin has been coming off severely. It is red and raw, but not swollen, and just has this one tiny white head.
Does this still sound like an allergic reaction? Do I have to worry that with the tiny white appearance it could be herpes?
Any advice on how to get the skin to stop coming off my lips? It's quite terrible to look at.
Any insight would be much appreciated.
Thanks in advance!