I've had dry lips for over a year but the peeling etc only started when I stopped using lip balms around a year ago. I had it for a while and was just coping by rubbing the crap off when going out and constantly drinking water. However whilst I was out most nights and weekends there was no improvement. Then one weekend I stayed in the entire time and left my lips alone then come Monday getting ready for work I rubbed the crap off and noticed my lips felt better so from then on every opportunity to stay in and leave my lips completely alone I take. I now have a break between jobs so have been able to rest alot and the process is accelerating.