That's an interesting theory Healing. I've been using aquaphor for almost a month now and it does seem to lower the inflammation , but I have a feeling that if I started to grow the scabs back it would be the same as before when I was using leave alone. Once that first layer falls off the skin underneath is raw and tender. It always seems to be more red than it should be with slight inflammtion. I did a conventional leave alone for 10 months and when that wasn't working I thought it wasn't working because I was still stretching my lips normally. So I did leave alone with no water or stretching except slight amounts when I was brushing my teeth and I did that for over a year. And still didn't see results. After each peel it would just reset and cycle back again without any progress. But maybe the process wasn't getting jump started because there was too much inflammation for my body to begin healing the area. Or maybe the crusts just don't do any healing and just crust up because the raw skin can't handle the outside air without some sort of chapstick, aquaphor , etc. so it has to harden and peel and repeat.