Howdy, Stranger!

It looks like you're new here. If you want to get involved, click one of these buttons!

Lip Gloss and Skin Cancer on lips

Dear Beauty Brains, 

Does lip gloss cause skin cancer on lips - also if it is worn over an SPF 15 (or higher) lip balm would that reduce the SPF protection ?  

After a couple of nasty episodes of sunburnt lips when I was about 10-11 years old I'm vigilant in protecting them from the harsh Aussie sun all year round.  I usually wear a SPF15 (or higher) lip balm and then lipstick, however sometimes I do wear a lip gloss over a SPF lip balm.

The sunburnt lips were very painful and I don't wish to go through that again, not to mention skin cancer.

Here are some links:

Here they say that SPF lip balm underneath is OK even though there is gloss and shine on lips.

Thanks...LittleTabby (Tania).


  • To be honest, we don't have any additional information. As the article says..."no studies have confirmed the lip gloss-skin cancer link, and not all dermatologists agree that it poses a risk."

  • Hi Randy,  Thanks for answering my question - very much appreciated and I also enjoy the podcasts  ! 

    I will stick with using an SPF lip balm underneath my lipstick and lip gloss and enjoy wearing these cosmetics. The Aussie sun is brutal even in winter but I love it ! 

Sign In or Register to comment.