Creams or whatever chemical lead to just one thing, enable the new fresh skin in formation to be saturated and easily come off in a half-day without healing the condition. It is totally useless except of avoiding to have these kinds of flakes, be under the impression to have normal lips whereas there is a constantly peeling cycle which will be constantly fed by these creams.
I would not put so much lightness in chemicals (creams, oitnments, chapstick, whatever) and I trully think that my condition had seriously decreased, not just been halted, neither been improved, by no means.
I was really doubting that you was still in the 'not applying' treatment because it is just the same condition I came through when I was using chemicals.
If we all are here, or almost, exceptionnally, we all have the same experience about all those creams we used and none of them has used to something, they are totally useless.
In my opinion, and of course it is my point of view, but not from fruits of hazard, it is impossible to be cured by whatever cream.
It is just like you were constantly pulling out your lips, like before, but really much more easily, because of high saturation of chemicals, and without healing at all.
I don't want to clash with you, and if your condition seems to improve, that's a good point, but I think that as soon as you will stop using whatever chemical, the peeling cycle will be inevitably still present.