Hello ManyGibbs, I'm having the same problem as you. However, mines has been going on for a short while. I've read many articles concerning extra dry lips. I tried lip balm too but nothing was helping until I read upon 100% pure lavender oil with Shea butter. I put a couple of drops lavender oil in about teaspoon of Shea butter, mixed it well and begin to apply to my lips as needed. Within a couple of days I began to see results. I really hope this helps you as well.