I'm going to add that I have never peeled, picked or licked my lips at all. When I was a kid, my grandmother taught me that licking my lips would make them dry and to use Vaseline or lip balm instead if they were chapped and it stuck with me. Nobody should be picking, manually peeling, licking or doing anything else to disrupt the healing process if they want to control EC. From my experience of having mildly peeling lips for 10 years, that were under control with Vaseline and looked perfectly healthy and normal if I continued using Vaseline but would be chapped the instant I stopped using it, I don't think it is possible to be entirely *cured* of EC but you can definitely *control* the symptoms. It's a bit like diabetes. You can't get rid of diabetes but you can regain almost normal health by eliminating high sugar foods from your diet and injecting insulin daily. With EC, you can't entirely stop the accelerated desqueamation process but you can avoid triggering factors and use a moisturising barrier and thus your lips will normalise. When I got the lip filler, it was probably the EC equivalent of going into a diabetic coma. Picking and licking the lips is probably equivalent to a diabetes patient on a sugar binge. When people here are saying they got EC from picking their lips, how often were they picking the lips? I agree you shouldn't be picking your lips if you have EC but unless you were picking your lips every single day on an ongoing basis or licking them constantly then it is not the CAUSE of you EC but an aggravating factor (in the way that eating 3 tubs of Ben and Jerry's is not the direct root cause of a diabetic coma but that does not mean that it can't trigger a diabetic coma in a succeptible individual). There is no way that picking your lips a few times a few years ago can cause EC a few years later. Also, if this was the cause the leave alone method would work and much quicker. I have seen a case report of woman with a severe dog bite to her lip (almost 70% of the lip skin was missing) and the whole thing grew back in 3 weeks.