You mention that the Natures Way standardized Turmeric is some of what you've been taking. There are so many choices on the internet. Would you please tell me what other brand that you have also taken that has helped you in combination with topical melatonin? Thank you very much.
Please tell me how your lips are doing since your 2008 photos. Are you still using melatonin by Natrol? How often do you apply it during the day? Are you lips as good as they were in the photos? I am researching turmeric and find many of them with bioperine. Is this okay to use with turmeric to get your results? Do you use turmeric with bioperine? What brand of turemric do you use now? How much turemeric do you take in a day? I have exfoliative cheilitis.
Thank you, it's a concept that I have been working on for the last week.
The only meaningful change I have seen over the years is that inflammation in my lips disappeared (this has been confirmed in a biospy of the middle of my bottom lip in 2010). This happened after I followed MontrealHomegrown's diet for about 6 months (!), i.e. exclusion of unnatural Sugar and white flower. Technically this means that I no longer have EC (the 'itis' in 'cheilitis' refers to an inflammatory condition), although they are still very much exfoliating. The major difference is that now they are no longer super sensitive/ painful during talking, smiling etc.
I stopped using Aquaphor for about 1.5 months now. I only apply a double coating of GIAB on raw skin (~every 4 days), which manages the condition somewhat.
I'm not exactly in the same boat. I've had this thing for more than 2 years now, and everything I've done has either had no effect or made my lips worse. What I'm telling you is to never give up. Your positive attitude is the only way we can keep it together. Always be thankful that you could always have had it worse. Sure this might be a cosmetic problem, but at least it's not life threatening. Never give up hope and go back to the derm, I didn't get my EC from accutane so I can't really help you with this. Don't give up hope friend. I'm rooting for you.
I really like the way you look at things. Im just not used to this amount of positivity on curezone haha. The vertical lines show up when i take a shower and the steam and aquaphor "plump up" my lips. After it i moisturize them with a lip therapy. Thats the only moment, where my lips looked like the picture. After a few hours the skin starts to loose the retained water and they look like before.
And my biggest issue is not the aquaphor, nor the way they look, its this horrible feeling and that i cannot smile.
I try to be as positiv as i can, thats why i will try to stay away from curezone. It starts to get an addiction to read threads and other peoples stories.
Please re-read your message and tell me what conclusion would you make if it was someone else writing the same message ?
My conclusion is:
- you should definitively try the raw food diet or vegetable juicing (juice fasting ) or water fasting.
Just stop cooking and start consuming just raw foods for some time, while observing the lips, and writing detail log of everything you eat, and anything else, like moon phase, season, air temperature etc.
Everything you write about points toward food being the trigger of your inflamation.
You said it yourself!
You even know what food it is: hot or cooked food.
Now, just eliminate that and try to find if that is the only problem.