Re: My observation over the past 10 years.
No worries Dan, I will put it up.
To heal I pretty much do nothing. But i try to cause as little disturbance as possible. I dont bite into burgers or things like that. I use knife and fork. When the cycle is bad, it will always become plastic like over a sunday through to tuesday and peel/flake wed thurs. - the only cause for this i can put down to ac in office for 5 days, and no ac + social interaction and maybe drinks over friday night and sat. But i do think that Alcohol and the associated dehydration and carelessness with talking eating and drinking makes it hell for the next 3 days or so.
The main area that really causes me the trouble is where they meet and just inside. this is usually inflamed and has enlarged mucous openings noticeably discharging liquid.. I think this is a result of choosing the path of least resistance (where there are most layers of skin reduced). The main thing i do is try very hard not to remove any buildup along this area throughout the day and only allow minimal buildup to be removed with ease when eating, drinking or the shower. I think this is important to aid the regeneration of skin in this location.
Over the past 10 weeks of not using anything on the lips other than maybe some zinc creame just where they meet of a night every so often (very thin layer), they are noticably different, with more colour coming back, and changed areas of peeling (less from the most outer area, working its way up towards the meeting point over time i feel). peeling is also flaking off as smaller sections, meaning its becoming more like normal exfoliation.. just about 5 times as quick as id like.
So i eat very healthy, and swim, ride and run nearly every day. I try to avoid any serious exposure to the sun, and when i swim, i apply a very small amount of Cancer Council 30+ lip balm with my finger prior as the chlorine really dries out the skin.
I definitely think there is gradual improvement. the top centre part used to dry and peel as one section, but over time it has kinda changed to 3 separate sections with the peeling becoming more thin each time and more in line with the existing crease lines of the lips.
I pretty much live a normal life. I work full time, study my masters and train for triathlons. It is a massive stress and additional worry having this condition as I am always second guessing myself, my confidence and my future (career and romance). If I dont see proper improvement over the next 6 months, I will leave the job and career stress and travel the world. I have found that in the past, whenever I have been travelling and free/in the natural environment, all my worry and stress is gone, and my lips are always so much better in these circumstances. I want this condition to heal, and be removed from my thought, so that I can focus on everything else that matters like normal people.