Yeah I know it's difficult to hear but maintenance (despite what it means to you) is not a cure, and that's it.
I'm not suggesting you stop to see if the peeling starts again, I'm not suggesting anyone stops soaking them if they've started, they will probably see an improvement like I did. It's not a cure though.
What's the solution? I don't know, that's why I'm trying to find a solution from further diagnostic tests. I think some of us that can afford having tests on this forum should have them so that it will help others here potentially find some missing links. There is so much going on in the body and there is a lot more some of us can be doing than trying to only treat the lips directly with some remedy, hoping it will work.
I'm not a fan of surgery or anything that involves pharma drugs and the like and I'm not prepared to treat the symptoms anymore. There is nothing I can put on them that can cure them, that is clear.