hey JSL, hope all is well. I've just about used up the whole tube of protopic (it's a small tube but you only apply a thin layer so it's lasted a while). I only have some slight build up in the morning but that also seems to be going back to a more normal state (I never have crust or peels anymore). To answer your question, I'm not entirely sure how long it will take to ween myself off of it. My plan was to attack the inflammation for a good amount of time because I had a strong feeling it was causing the peeling. Anyway, with a little patience, that theory seemed to check out. Protopic is generally regarded as safer for longer periods than steroids but it does tingle a bit (some say this is because its targeting the inflammation but who knows?) Anyway, I decided for the first time a few days ago to cut back and I actually found that I didn't need pro topic twice a day because the inflammation is pretty much gone and Protopic isnt really the best for moisturizing specifically. Anyway, this seems to be the answer for me and I just wanted to pop in so you guys know what my treatment was so you guys have some options. Anyway, good luck!