Lip Balm

How a lip balm with AAGP® could treat or prevent lip sunburn and inflammation

The sun’s rays don’t damage only skin — they can cause damage and inflammation for lips, too. AAGP® may hold the key to treating sunburned lips thanks to its unique ability to protect cells against inflammation. Join us as we explore the potential of a lip balm or treatment containing AAGP®.

Causes of lip inflammation

One common cause of lip inflammation is UV damage from the sun. It’s easy to forget to protect your skin from sun exposure, and even easier to forget to protect your lips. Without a barrier, the sun’s rays can cause sunburned lips and inflammation, damaging delicate cells.

Sunburned lips are tender, red, inflamed, swollen, and sometimes painful. There may be a blister on the lip with a sunburn.

Unprotected lips are at risk for skin cancer, sores and other chronic problems.

The symptoms of lip inflammation

Many other conditions can cause lip inflammation as well, leading to discomfort, swelling and redness:

  • Trauma to the mouth or face
  • Viral or bacterial infections
  • Allergic reactions, including angioedema, which can be serious
  • Physical, chemical or other types of irritants
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Treating sunburned lips

Treating lip sunburn and inflammation takes time. Lip balms currently on the market may not offer much relief against swelling and discomfort; therefore other treatments called into service include anti-inflammatories, such as ibuprofen, and cold compresses.

AAGP® as a potential solution

But what if there was an effective lip treatment for sunburn? AAGP® has powerful potential, thanks to its ability to repair cells that have suffered damage from inflammation. As a synthetic molecule, it could be added to balms and ointments to create an effective treatment for inflamed lips, soothing and healing the lip directly.

ProtoKinetix research and clinical trials

Read more about the success so far and the results of our exploration into the achievements possible with AAGP®.

Market potential for lip balm treatments

At ProtoKinetix, our main goal is improving the therapies that change lives for the better. But we know our investors are forward-thinking, interested in how biotechnology will affect the market — and vice versa.

Globally, the lip care market stands at about 2 billion, with a projected CAGR of 5.9%¹ to 2028; the lip balm segment commands the largest share, at 45%. A major driver of this trend is the increasing awareness of and concern about sun exposure, as well as premature aging, dryness and appearance.

¹Grand View Research

Market Revenue:

$2 Billion

2028 Market Forecast:

$3.12 Billion

Applications of AAGP® in Dermatology

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Environmental exposures such as sun and wind can affect how our skin ages, reducing elasticity, decreasing suppleness and causing wrinkles. AAGP®’s strong cell preservation properties could help extend the life of skin cells, reducing the signs of aging. In a global market that’s already nearing $400 billion in value, AAGP®’s potential application in creating the best anti-aging skincare in the cosmetics industry is cause for excitement.

Dermatological Inflammation

Millions of people suffer with inflamed, uncomfortable skin. In fact, more than 1 in 4 Americans (26%) have at least one skin disease, according to the American Academy of Dermatology.

Inflammatory skin conditions are the most common dermatological issue, but researchers are exploring how AAGP© can help.

Research Pipeline for Dermatology:

Inflammation protection


The most common dermatological issue is inflammation. This can cause chronic conditions like eczema or rosacea. Occasional rashes can also occur from exposures to natural or chemical agents and sensitivities.

Your skin is your largest organ. When it becomes inflamed, visible reactions can happen. Figuring out what’s wrong and getting your skin back to normal is hard enough without answering questions from family and strangers about what’s wrong with your skin.

We’re in the preclinical research stage of discovering AAGP®’s ability to protect skin from inflammation and are working hard to advance AAGP® to clinical skin trials.

UV radiation and burn recovery


Currently, we’re in the discovery phase to understand how AAGP® can help skin recover from UV radiation and burns. Ultraviolet light can damage proteins and DNA in skin cells. It can also produce inflammatory mediators that increase cell death or alter skin elasticity and color.

In our research, we’ve learned that AAGP® could protect human adult skin fibroblasts against high intensity UVA and UVC wavelengths, which suggest that AAGP mechanisms of cell protection could both protect and renew healthy skin. We’ll soon be moving on to the proof of concept and into preclinical stages of research.

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