just thought i'd share a little about what I am currently doing. While I have been doing the constant moisture treatment, I decided that I would experiment with a steroid again, since I've never used one while leaving the buildup intact as well. I decided to go with with one Daniel used, except in the dental paste. I'm not going to use it every day, because of its potency, but so far its been great. It could be a coincidence as I havent used it for long but my inflammation has reduced over the past few days. the aquafor always causes my lips to become more red and inflammaed but after using the orabase stuff the inflammation has decreased - even with a constant aquaforic barrier.
it is a weird texture though, and kind hard to remove without causing trauma to the lips - but I think that is a good thing as it contributs to the barrier. the stuff was designed to remain intact to the oral mucosa.
I encourage others to give it a try if they are, or considering, the use of any steroid