Hi Sillylips, sorry to hear the toothpaste didn't work out for you, but what you said about the cinnamon is definitely a step in the right direction in my opinion. My lips continue to improve and are almost normal since I removed the irritant/allergen. It's been said on here numerous times that the "cause" of all this is inflammation. SOMETHING causes the inflammation and then that triggers the peeling. I firmly believe that the majority of people exhibiting these kind of symptoms are having some kind of allergic reaction. I DONT think it's a fungus as anti-fungals usually prove ineffective AND the condition seems to stay localized on the lips and NOT inside the mouth. Again, I can only speak for myself, but I think more people should explore this option because diagnosed EC is a VERY rare condition and the wonderful internet has been known to persuade you believe you have something you might not even have and diagnose yourself. Good luck everyone!