new member, this is ruining my life. by readk ..... Peeling Lips Exfoliative Cheilitis
Date: 1/24/2008 10:04:32 AM ( 14 years ago ago)
Hey everybody. I'm an 18 yr old male and the last few months i have been reading up on this forum a lot, but haven't joined because I was honestly hoping this condition would just go away.
Like a lot of you guys, my lips are in a cycle where they peel every 3-4 days. They will look normal the day of/after peeling, and then the skin grows back very fast and thick on the bottom lip and top lip as well. I have gone to several dermatologists. The first advised me to try a cortisone gel which did not work. After that I tried Protopic which also did not do the trick. And after that I tried Desonide. Right now I have a patch test on my back to rule out an allergy but something tells me this is not the cause.
I am in my senior year of high school and this is honestly bringing me down. I try not to let it effect me but I used to have great lips and I wouldn't have to worry. Girls used to tell me I was a good kisser and now I'm too scared to kiss a girl because of this condition. It is crippling my social life. I find myself basically being a hermit and skipping out on so many things I could be out enjoying if I didn't have patches of unsightly skin on my lips. I would really just like to get to the root of the problem and not have to worry about this, rather than tending to maintenance. I have read that some people suffer from this for many many years and I really just don't think I can cope with that. I don't know what to do.
Anyway, that's my story. If you guys have any advice or things that have worked for you, please share.
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