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Kissing Conundrum #1:
"My canker sores are so bad, I can't even kiss my man. What can I do?"
Answer: You can avoid these irksome mouth ulcers by steering clear of the triggers: namely stress, chocolate, citrus fruits, and ibuprofen, as well as toothpaste that contains sodium laurel sulfate, says Kimberly Harms, a consumer adviser for the American Dental Association. Also, rinse daily with an antibacterial mouthwash, which helps reduce eruptions. To soothe a sore, dab on an OTC topical anesthetic such as Orabase. For chronic cankers, ask your doc about the Rx treatment Aphthasol.
Kissing Conundrum #2:
"My boyfriend is a horrible kisser. He practically shoves his tongue down my throat! What can I do to get him to kiss less forcefully?"
Answer: To get your smooch styles in sync, take the lead and tease him with tender mouth-to-mouth maneuvers that are sure to build his anticipation. Not only will you drive him wild, but you'll also show him that the sensual approach can be incredibly intimate. (Or hey, try these Bad Girl Kissing Tricks That Will Drive Him Crazy!)
When you're about to get into a lip lock, part your lips slightly and plant soft pecks on his mouth; place his lower lip between your lips and gently suck on it; playfully roll the tip of your tongue around his, lovingly cradling his face in your hands to keep the kiss shallow.
If at any point your guy tries his usual deep throat tonsil-hockey tactics, pull your face back a little bit and try tantalizing him by tracing your fingertip over his lips, nibbling his earlobe before making a trail of kisses back to his mouth or seductively brushing your lips against his.Telling him how you like to be smooched can help too. Whisper something like, "It would excite me so much to have you kiss me softly." And make sure you let him know how good it feels when he does follow your puckering pointers. It shouldn't take him long to figure out what kinds of mouth moves turn you on, and hopefully he'll learn to appreciate the art of the erotic kiss too.
Kissing Conundrum #3:
"My guy hates making out with me when I'm wearing lip gloss, but I don't feel as sexy without it. Any advice?"
Answer: Go for a lip stain. They contain fewer polymers that cause stickiness but still have a glistening effect, says makeup artist Jillian Dempsey. Or choose a gloss he won't mind licking: Tarte's Inside-Out Lipgloss, $21, with fruit extracts and vitamins, is a tasty treat to kiss.
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Kissing Conundrum #4:
"I break out after we make out. Am I allergic to him?"
Answer: It's much more probable that your post-makeout breakouts are a reaction to a skin product your guy is using, explains Robert Brodell, a dermatologist at Case Western Reserve University, in Cleveland. Soaps, colognes, and aftershave lotions can cause contact dermatitis, a skin reaction characterized by bumpy red patches on your face. (Or perhaps chafing from his stubble is irritating your skin.) To fight a current flare-up of contact dermatitis, dab 1 percent OTC hydrocortisone cream on the affected area. Ask your guy to buy hypoallergenic, fragrance-free products for his face from now on, and make sure he's clean-shaven before you get cozy.
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