Hey Guys so from my progress so far I have laid out what stages of EC you will go through to determine how far you are along the healing pathway.
The healing process and its stages:
1) Normalizing the cell turnover rate (caused from the peeling off of dead skin throughout months-years...time of peeling will reflect normalization time. Cell turnover rate refers to the cell looking normal and quickly dying. When the body tries to rebuild what was lost it sends signals to the affected area to produce cells more quickly than normal) This time frame will be continuous throughout the healing process but will be the key component to how long it actually takes to heal.
~Note: some people have told me that they didn't peel their lips for very long and are continuing to have trouble...so maybe it just requires a couple peels in order to trigger a long responce time~
2) Rebuilding the lower layers.
Critical time where the crusts need to stay on as long as possible. The lower layers need continaul protection from the outside air during the complete duration of their life cycle. Depending on step one, this may take several peels especially if air gets inside. Recommended duration for the crusts is 4 weeks for the quickest heal. If it comes off before then, then you are still healing from step 1, and will just have to spread it out over a few cycles.
3) Rebuilding the upper layers. Peeling will become more frequent after the lower layers have been rebuilt. Lips will feel much better during this stage, the swelling should be gone and crusts shouldn't become as thick as before. This will probably take the longest time to heal, but they won't look as bad.
4) Rebuilding the top layer. The skin at this point will look like normal chapped lips. They will feel dry, but you will be used to this feeling by now. Your only source of lubrication should be water.
5) Cured of EC.
Let me know what you guys think! :)
The video is here for this week: Some of my lips appears to be nearly healed!