How is the cold turkey approach of using no topicals, balms, or ointments going? I read your post and my condition sounds very similar to yours. Now that I think about it my EC flare up started with cracks in the corners of the mouth that led to a gradual reliance on chapstick throughout the day. I am now almost 2 weeks into using nothing, and I'm starting to see a slowing down in peeling, far less swelling, and a notable reduction in the burning sensation. I'm going to stay on this course, but would like to know how you're doing considering you are now weeks ahead of me in the process.