Hey man, I really feel for you. I felt the same way a few months ago. I'm around that age too and I felt like my life was slipping by and there was nothing I could do about it. On Friday it will be three weeks that I've been using coconut oil to moisturize my lips. I don't peel any skin at all, and gently moisturize every half hour. I also put manuka honey on my lips at night before bed. I ended up talking to my parents and taking leave from my job in order to heal this thing. The first step is telling people if you haven't. My crusts look better than when I first started. There is even a portion that fell off and after two days there is no growth there at all. The amount of anxiety that I was feeling is all but gone now. I really feel like I'm heading in the right direction to be healed. I don't want to jump the gun because I know this can take time. However, I don't see my lips taking nearly as long to heal as Daniel miller's did. If there's any way you can afford to take leave or anything like that I would try to. I do understand it's hard to do though. I just couldn't heal my lips and work my customer service job at the same time.