Hey everyone. i remember a long time ago my lips got dried out of its moisture cuz one time I gurgled listerine with my lips sort of in my mouth. well i was tripping out because I thought my lips were going to get cold sores once from sharing a pipe with this dude(we were getting baked). anyways, my lips started chapping and stuff. it was always really dry skin and it just peeled off automatically after like 3 days. whenever it got wet it would just peel right off. and basically this continued like this, and i would sometimes bite it off or whipe it off. i stopped doing that. also i started using a moisturizer regularly, at first with an over the counter moisturizer. the ones with the pump or whatever and you just drop it down. by the way this was through the winter and stuff. this was like 2 years ago.
since then its improved a lot more. i exercise daily, i don't bite my lips, or lick them, i get sleep at regular times. etc. i eat healthy. also i drink lots of water, and i use a standard lip balm. now the cheilitis is going away more and more each time. new skin is forming, and its also sort of "subdividing" into like small cells of skin ( i can see it when I look at it with a mirror in bright light). also I had lots of tropical sun exposure and it actually helped the condition... it was a good change from the winter. but winters coming up, and cheilitis is being helead a little more each time.
sometimes i will sort of "trim" off dried white shards from the healed skin. it's ok and just make sure you keep the healing skin there. don't lick it. also don't get it "VERY" wet. that means, in the shower, try to avoid your lips coming in direct contact with the stream cuz it will rip off your skin. and when it does get wet, get it dry... that means stand in a fan and let the skin heal. you have to be careful when you brush your teeth but make sure you do it everyday. i think oral health is also part of cheilitis. i brush twice a day with a good electric toothbrush. but be careful with the toothpaste coming in contact with your skin. and also be careful when spitting toothpaste out. this all takes skill, sorry if this is getting too long but these are the tips that helped me. also, whenever your lips come in contact with water and your at home, stand in front of a fan, and let it dry. don't open your mind WIDE or anything when you have skin in this "wet state." eventually the skin will naturally subdivide on its own. it turns into normal healed skin, you just need to give it time to do it.
in addition to moisturizers, if you can try to do it, keep your skin moisturized in whatever way possible. most importantly drink water and live healthy. try not to drink alcohol but a little is ok. also try using a humidifier to bring your rooms humidity level up to between 65 - **80** but only if your skin is really dry -- but make sure you get a humidifier with "MICROBAN" technology as it will not cause mould). also, if moisturizers are not working well, try using Baby oil. i think this really helped with me because when I first started using it my lips really responded well to it.
don't lick -- remember that. drinks lot of water. keep your lips moisturized (try using vaseline, i recommend "VASELINE INTENSIVE CARE", but then try a lip balm that specifically says "MOISTURE" -- i recommend a brand called "BLISTEX"); or baby oil. but actually it might even be a better idea to try this first. AND try getting a humidifier. sorry for being so long, and i'm sorry this is kind of "STREAM of CONSCIOUSNESS" but its how i write. i hope this helps you. and i will be glad to respond to ur questions if you have any because my cheilitis is healing and i'm sure that if I keep up these strategies they will completely heal eventually. (but i do think it will take months). but its all right my health is great and I'm loving it.