I am a woman and I realized I had this problem while I was in a relationship. I had decided to stop that annoying lip biting habit. Lo and behold, lip peeling hell. I was trying to get my lips to heal and stop peeling, so I stopped kissing him altogether. He was surprisingly understanding, even though it drove me crazy. I was paranoid about it for months. Once I decided to use my lips normally and exfoliate as needed, I hardly worried about it. It's really not worth the stress. Unless they find that in the long run exfoliating is harmful as it causes cancer or something, I'll keep doing this as long as I need to and not let it have a major effect on my life.