"Maybe the liquid bandage is acting as a surrogate "skin" until the lips heal completely"
thats the thing, my lips dont build up as they already have their protective layer on them.
Socialising is a bit annoying as you cant really smile and your lips are pretty much locked in the same position, because its not very elastic. It doesnt look that bad at all though, if thats what your asking. And no i dont use any cream or oil whatsoever