Apologies for the really lonnng message. Allow me now to summarise the strategy.
Do no socialising (as much as is possible) on weekends.
Depending on how much you have already strengthened your lips, the day you begin the strategy will vary. If you're like most of us, on average we are only content with leaving our lips alone for 2-4 days, 2 going onto 3 is when I get a bit anxious (in particular with those weaker areas). So you will want to start on Thursday or Friday.
The beauty of the strategy is it allows for [scheduled] socialising. Say I wish to go out with my mate on Friday and again I am out on Saturday (I am being specific to my own situation now), then I can peel Friday morning, be fine on Saturday as well, and for the rest of the week until the next Thursday or Friday I don't have to see anyone and can leave my lips alone.
Then when the lips strengthen, I can socialise on the same days, but move my peeling day to Thursday, and still be fine on Friday and Saturday, and am now able to leave my lips alone for a day longer. As you do this continually as your lips strengthen, you will really end up planning your days out in advance, as you move your peeling days first days back, then potentially weeks back.
There is no need for the stress or anxiety of that one doing the general leave it alone method exhibits. You can generally live a normal life whilst tactically planning when you will be seen and you are alone.
You might wonder, whether it will actually heal though or whether it will just keep retreating. The situation fortunately however is a win-win. If it never fully heals, rather just takes longer to get dead, then we can at least live essentially a normal life. Is there really a problem with a peeling lip cycle of three weeks, for instance?
I have a theory also. I read that the skin on our lips takes 30 days to die and renew. I have a hunch that if we are able to push the cycle all the way to 30 days, we will be cured.
So does anyone want to join me in this method? Let us all band together, chronic illnesses such as this one are hard to deal with alone, especially when you get depressed or low and you become angry at whatever is wrong. Let us make a strong support group. We can check back on a weekly basis to inform each other of our progress, support each other as we sludge through this long term process.