I also had a bad experience with a product very similar to Protopic. This product is Elidel. I used it for one week and it seemed to cause a notable increase in the amount and frequency of the peeling. I strongly discourage anyone from using such medications. I even more strongly encourage the leave them alone strategy short of careful trimming of the edges. Let the body and mother nature take care of the healing if if it takes a long time, which it most likely will. Hang in there!