I know your somewhat knowledgable on this subject so i thought i'd ask you about it.
I've heard you talk of HYPERKERATOSIS and read up on it, it seems very logical. What i've read is that Hyperkeratosis, or thickening of the skin, is caused by too many KERATINS (a type of tough, non-soluble protein that is the general makeup of hair, fingernails, horns and hoofs) are produced. And of course these Keratins are most likely produced by trauma (biting, licking, picking ect.) Did you read that as well?
You've made statements before that Hyperkeratosis on the soles of the feet or palms of the hands clear up easier then the lips because the lips are almost always in some type of motion as well as in contact with forms of lquid. I disagree with this statement.
When we are talking about the lips i believe we are talking about a completely different organ then the rest of our skin. The lips are made up of 3-5 cellular layers where the skin of our face is made up of 16 layers. Also, lips do not contain Sebaceous Glands, which help skin and hair from becoming dry and cracked. Could be why they get chapped so easily. Oddly enough soles of the feet and palms of the hands DO NOT have these glands either. Could be why they are prone to calluses (hyperkeratosis----(Formation of Keratin)----). But when we get calluses on our soles or palms its much different.
I work construction and therefore have calluses on both my feet and hands. Obviously the first difference between the lips and the soles/palms is the 11 extra layers of skin. Another difference between them is the calluses on my palms and soles are formed on the very top layer, over what could have turned into a wound had they not formed. I however bit DOWN into my lips, whereas the calluses on my feet are just the result of applying too much pressure. ........
Just this second i lost complete train of thought of where i was heading with this............................................................................................
I'm just trying to understand all this. I want to know exactly whats going with my body, you seem like you read up and i was wondering if you had heard about these Keratins as well as if my understanding to all this is shared with yours. Or do you have more information? Another thing is that lips will peel and chapp normally, however these cycles of normal lips prolly contain no Keratin. This again points to cellurlar tunrover. I beleive this theory revolves around the idea of the cells memory being altered by too much wear and tear, they remember the trauma and build up keratins to protect themselves even though one might disccontinue picking/biting/licking lips.... i couldn't find much on Cellular Turnover on the internet but i remember someone posting something about it, was it you? If so do you have specifics on how it works?
All i know is that these Keratins are non-soluble which means that no lotion, moisturizer, or any liquid for that matter.......including SALIVA, i might add, will be able to fight these things. They'll just keep coming back. The only way to cure this would be to destroy all the Keratin and prevent it from forming again without further damaging our lips. Everybody who reads this post should look this stuff up, you guys want to find a cure? Then every single one of us needs to be looking into this subject, because its the most logical theory i've found. The problem is why do these Keratins continue to form even though we may have stoped biting? These are the things we need to know.