it really could be a life long thing. although, i have suffered this condition many years, almost 7 full years or more i lost track somewhere in there. I have tried everything i could willfully try with no improvement whatsoever. it is as if they have not improved since the first day this started. the only thing i have been able to do is manage them, and this is in where i have seen improvement. now i dont put anything on my them. i just smile alot and they crack and peel off normally although in going about it this method i tend to see how obsessive i am and sometimes i just pick at them with the tweezers when before they peel on there own. Well that is where i am hope it helps.