Re: So is this just a wound?
Saliva isn't only good for the inside of your mouth. You ever cut your finger and your first instinct was to stick it in your mouth? It may have benefited you. There's scientific evident that supports saliva speeding up the healing of wounds. More info here: http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2008/07/080723094841.htm http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wound_licking
I've alway thought it was ironic that saliva may have both contributed to my EC and helped cure my EC. Even before I had cheilitis, I had a habit of licking my lips a lot and my lips would become chapped hours later. This happens because saliva is 99.5% water. And when the water evaporates, so does the moisture. Applying cocoa butter immediately afterwards should prevent this from happening. It's like how if you have dry skin, you're supposed to put lotion on it after a shower, so the moisture will be retained. It's the same principle
DepressedLips, my brand of cocoa butter also contained Vitamin E. I'm not sure if Vitamin E is a major variable in this method, but the vitamin is well known to have therapeutic qualities for dry skin and helped people with peeling lips as well.
Can you tell me the exact way you're going to be doing this method? To be clear on how I did it, I licked my lips and applied the lip balm everytime I notice my lips were particularly dry. I did it *a lot* on the first day, but it became less and less after each subsequent day. As of now, my lips are healthy most of time, so I'll apply lip balm once every couple weeks or so. Sometimes months. Although once winter rolls around, I'll use it more.
I'm also really glad more people are trying this treatment out. It doesn't take a lot of time to commit to it. And if it doesn't work, then at least we will have more concrete numbers on the success/failure of this treatment.