I think that there are actually two types of Bepanthen formulations. One is for baby nappy rashes and one seems to be a stronger moisturizer sold by the German Bayer company that is imported from Germany if you buy it on Amazon.com. It is supposed to be a chemical makeup of vitamin B12/B5 and I even read a reviewer on Amazon.com referring to it as being a good "antibiotic."
I just ordered a 20 gram tube of the stuff. It sounds pretty good and it has no petrolatum in it. It is a water in oil emulsion containing dexpanthenol (pro-vitamin B5). The thing I like most about it is that it has no perfumes & other ingredients which can irritate the skin or in our cases, contribute negatively to our EC. Which, I somehow feel that Vaseline was doing due to the buildup on my lips turning a yellowish to whitish color with prolonged use of Vaseline or Aquaphor.
Sargvy really caught my attention when he mentioned how EC seems to be a candida overgrowth inside the actual mucosa lining because it ties in well with the symptoms people get. I see traces of white lines in my mouth sometimes, especially upon waking up. In addition to that, when the oral pathologist I saw 16 years ago did a swab culture test on my mouth it revealed excessive yeast, which is what candida is. My first biopsy even mentioned something called, "Candidiasis."
Then when Longterm mentioned how maybe the immune system of some people may not be able to control the overgrowth to keep it in check is when all of this was starting to really make some sense to me. This also ties in with the autoimmune theory because a doctor found that my spleen was acting irregularly and the spleen helps to filter out the blood. In addition to THAT, the spleen also helps to recycle iron so, the iron supplementation theories on this board for EC ties in with all of this also.
Does anyone see where I am trying to go with all this?