Hi ! Congratulations to you ! You contribute to feed HOPE for ones, including me, who still are in the FIGHTING AREA.
I understand and agree completely with your reflexion BUT I think there is a NUANCE.
In your case, you say that : << Personally I think the main cause is mouth wash, if you're using mouth wash and have E.C - stop immediately, seriously, please. >>
I would like to ask you a question : Did your E.C. really start when you started to use mouthwash ?
I ask you that because my lips problem began well-before than I started to use mouthwash.
I trully think that my case started with the combination of 'Damaged lips' -By the chronic pulling out during and after a chapped lips period- and chimical products : commercial lipbalms ; creams , ointments -which we can all put together because, in spite of not being the same, these products interact in the SAME WAY on the lips by preventing them from healing naturally : it always softens and strikes down the CRUSTS which are undeniable for HEALING-.
To get back to what you say, I think as you that we don't have to get the lips in touch with ANY PRODUCTS -which includes MOUTHWASH, of course-.
The lips have to heal by their own without ANY intervention at all, watsoever mouthwash, toothpaste, shampoo, soap, etc.
This doesn't want to mean that we don't have to brush our teeth or other, but avoid at the very most the contact with CRUSTS.
Since two weeks and half, I've really started a FREE treatment and I make sure that crusts adapt to my skin resiliency by keeping all the time the possibility to smile, laugh, talk, eat, in short by having ANY problem to open my mouth to the maximum.
Today, I've no burning sensation, no irritation, no resiliency problem, I just have crusts which do their part of the HEALING JOB.
Over time, it's certain that I gain in modesty but I'm sure that is the ONE and ONLY way to heal -I always repeat that, once again-.