Thanks for the inspiring words. I have also been a fellow sufferer and had this condition for almost 10 years. My problem is trauma related, and started when I took a swig of water before the cinemas and went to the bathroom. When I looked in the mirror I noticed my lips had turned white, so I wiped them with my sleeve and that was that. What I did not know was that it would start a vicious cycle, which if I knew back then that it would plague me, I would have left them alone to heal.
I also became completely obsessed. I was at school at the time, so I didn't want a white line constantly on my lips. I picked them until they looked normal. Now I am suffering the results.
I never tried to heal my lips up until a year ago when I saw Daniel Millers blog. I thought all this time that it would just go away. I am on the constant moisture method. Parts of my lips fall off because they are always moist and weak, but its better than having painful lips.
This leads me to my agreement with you. I am obsessed with my lips, I have OCD about them, and I honestly believe this is one of the contributing factors to their state. I believe if I completely leave them alone and stop picking and trying to care for them, than it will go away.
Thank you for making this post, it inspired me to make an account and share my story.