JSL I will 100% let you know how this turns out. It seems to be getting better and better everyday. As healing said, Protopic actually isn't a steroid which is why I think it is most likely much safer for long term use. I did change to a natural tooth paste while doing the leave it alone method, but I didn't switch out my mouth wash (it's Dr, Katz Therabreath) which I am evidently allergic too, so I may have done even more damage! I never patch tested for the ingredients, but it doesn't really seem necessary at this point. Anyway, I don't think I would have improved much had I used any of the verious steroids I was prescribed (I think the longest I used one was like four weeks) because I didn't eliminate the cause. I strongly believe SOMETHING is coming into contact with our lips causing them to be inflamed and then peel. You're right in your assessment. Treating the inflammation is the key, but finding the cause may be the only way to reverse the damage.