I have been doing the no topical treatment for over half a year, things have gotten slightly better, slightly worse, slightly better, and now slightly worse again. These times definitely have correlated with higher stress levels and less sleep, and also going off my gluten/sugar/alcohol-free diet.
Last week I got my teeth cleaned, and the hygienist had to put some polishing stuff on them, my only choices were mint and grape, I chose grape cause I thought it would be milder, but she got this purple shit all over my lips. I resisted the temptation to prematurely peel them, but my peeling cycle was almost at a full week before I went, and now it seems to be ready after only 5 days. I'm hoping if I let if go another day I will not have lost too much ground.
Still planning to get checked for allergies and food sensitivities when I get some free time off work.