If it helps EC, then we are finally getting closer to figuring out what this really is. Until now, we have no idea what is honestly going on so trying this will surely say something about our condition.
Since we supposedly have many different causes, if most of us try this and more than half would show improvement, then it would tell us that despite all the different possible causes, we all have exactly the same condition, which could finally lead us to the 'official' cure.
Is Protopic safe for long-term use? I manage the appearance quite well with Bepanthen but I still get buildup and gently exfoliate once or twice a week. Being younger than your son, I am obviously not comfortable walking around with this and I'm sure you're aware how mentally devastating it is to live with this.