thank you so much! i don't know if i have candida. i'm going to do the water thing tomorrow morning and try to find out. its hard when i put things on my lips because i'm allergic to almost everything but petroleum and a few other things. aquaphor works well but if i use it more than once every day or two it makes my lips peel like crazy. i'm assuming that the cure is going to be not letting your lips peel a lot, right? i mean, if i keep moisturizing them with aquaphor/vaseline all the time (only once a day is okay for me right now) and letting them peel every day or two, then thats just going to worsen the condition? isn't the idea to get them to stop peeling? i'm thinking if i try to make the cycle longer each time, maybe they'll get used to not peeling and stop? again, i'm much newer at this than a lot of you (the idea of having this for years or even decades or my whole life definitely scares the crap out of me).