I've always had a problem with somewhat dry lips, but never peeling or severely chapped lips that I would have to peel an entire layer off daily or every other day. Like many, this condition only effects my bottom lip. It started happening approximately a year ago and had HAUNTED me since. It lead to paranoia about the physical appearance of my lip at any given time, and was just overall painful. Peeling of the dead skin would sometimes rip fresh skin underneath leaving it raw and bleeding. Everything I could find online would chalk it up to chelitis, dehydration, lip balms, liver cleansing, etcetera. I knew none of these should be the source for me because I'd never had the problem before, and my lifestyle is much healthier than any other time in my life. I wanted to get a biopsy, buy had no health insurance.
Solution (for me):
I guessed that the problem must be fungal or bacterial.
-Oral sex (Vagina)
My hypothesis is my bottom lip was infected by my electric toothbrush head. Approximately a year ago (slightly before the problem started) I bought my first electric toothbrush. Instead of removing the head of the toothbrush from the body after brushing, I would just rinse it and put it on the stand. I later realized this was trapping water and overtime causing bacteria to grow unseen inside the brush head.
-Bleach bath for lip
I've been on this regimen for about 10 days and I'm already seeing AMAZING results. Some doctors prescribe "bleach baths" to patients with skin infections, so I figure it wouldn't hurt to replicate to scale for my lip. I put a few drops of bleach in a small glass (large shot glass) then fill it 3/4 full with water. Stir it up, then submerge my bottom lip in the solution for 2 minutes once a day for 5 days. Rinse thoroughly, then apply a thin layer of an anti-fungal cream; rub it in and let dry. After the cream drys, apply Carmax lightly on top of. Apply the anti-fungal cream 2-3 times a day.
What anti-fungal cream?
-Clotrimazole Cream (the same cream used to treat Jock Itch, Ringworm, and Athletes Foot)
Amazing, and I'm only a week in. My lip is not drying and crusting much anymore. My bottom lip still needs VERY LIGHT exfoliation about once every third or so day, but the skin comes off easily and does cause any tearing or irritation. My lip is left with a smooth continuous healthy looking layer.
As I said, I'm only a week in, but these are the best results I've received with trying everything I could read under the sun(except the liver cleanse). I really hope this helps someone, because this issue was really starting to depress me, and I just didn't know what to do. Please let me know if this works for you. Once again, I wouldn't recommend the "bleach bath" for longer that a week. If you don't want to do the bleach, you may try just the antifungal cream, or antifungal and substitute the bleach batch for Tea Tree oil cut with coconut or another healthy oil of your choice.