Thanks for your words. It helps knowing that other people share my problem, and if I ever find a realistic solution, posting it here will be my top priority.
I'm truly sorry to hear that EC has negatively impacted your life too, but hang in there man. The one thing that helps me is to think about the bigger problems that many other people have to cope with. I'm just trying to be grateful for what I have and in a way, EC makes us stronger. -- sounds funny but I think it's true.
Anyway, I'm ridding myself of the chemical ointments and whatnot as well (except for aquaphor) so hopefully I see some improvement. It's just a pain in the ass because I feel like I have to peel them every once in a while when it becomes too noticeable.