When I first stopped using anything on my lips they were horrendous, cracked like mad so dry and swelled up. However over time I felt the natural moisture coming back and that was when the skin began the long and marathon like healing process. However if you put stuff on your lips/smoke/drink/eat crap then it will just stop the healing from taking place. Got to go through that initial stage then you should see continuous improvement. However it is a very long term thing.