When I lick my lips they become worse... I pretty sure I have candida and that is one of the reasons that I started using coconut oil for its anti-bacterial functions. However, I'm back to using a calendula salve, but lips seems to keep getting drier. I'm not used to my lips feeling this tight and uncomfortable. I have had ec for a long time, but it seems since last year the condition accelerated. It really makes me feel depressed especially as a woman and I know people are constantly looking at my lips. I wish licking my lips were the answer, but alas this condition is quite frustrating and forever prolonged.