Exfoliative cheilitis can be due to similar contact agents as above, but many cases result from chronic wetting of the lips (chronic lip licking). Besides redness around the lips, the lips themselves are often cracked or scaly in appearance. Halting the use of cosmetics or lip balms, ceasing any lip wetting habit and use of an antimicrobial cream can be helpful. Since this condition is often related to infection by both bacterial and yeast bugs, topical iodoquinol cream has been effective in many patients.
Has anyone tried this? I imagine it would be unsightly to try but if it works... I guess to do this you would have to stop using toothpaste and mouthwash and probably just use baking soda and hydrogen peroxide as mouthwashes probably have some contact agents like flavoring. You would have to stop using all balms, stop licking, and stop peeling using only clippers. And apply the antimicrobial which fights fungus and bacteria probably a couple times a day.