I have noticed there seems to be a characteristic peeling pattern in a lot of people who have EC (I mean the parts of the lips which are most effected by the peeling). It seems to be mainly the centre region of the top lip, just above the wet/dry border and the wet/dry border of the lower lip which peels and crusts the most.
I have looked through the gallery and attach a few photographs which show what I mean with respect to a characteristic peeling pattern. I apologise in advance if using these pictures from the gallery
is a problem:
My lips also have exactly the same pattern. Why could this be? Any ideas?
Incidentally Steven Johnson's syndrome, an autoimmune disorder triggered by hypersensitivity to various medications, which causes desqueamation (exfoliation) of mainly the mucous membranes but also the skin, has a very similar peeling pattern in the lip region. Some pictures :
Could it be that Exfoliative Chelitis is actually a disorder of the wet/dry border junction, not the lip skin as such. In a way it seems that, for me the wet/dry border of the lip becomes inflamed right as the start of the peeling cycle and causes a sort of air pocket or blister to form right at the inner border of the mouth which slowly spreads inflammation to the rest of the lip. Is this what other people experience here as well? Do people get a build up of white dead skin cells on the inner rim of your mouth? Maybe it is something to do with the saliva drying out, causing the skin there to be one dehydrated and die? Actually psorisasis, another autoimmune skin disorder is also triggered by dehydration of the skin.