I applied the Bepanthen on the actual buildup/dead skin. I didn't wait until they peeled. I started the excessive oral hygiene first because I was still waiting for my Bepanthen cream to come in after I ordered it on Amazon.com. The mouthwash & everything else was readily available at stores close-by to me.
Once I got the Bepanthen cream I applied it on my lips the same day I got it. I did not wait at all. I began to notice a big difference on the 4th day after applying the cream & doing the excessive oral hygiene.
I also have not changed my diet at all & I'm seeing these results. I'm assuming that I could rule out a systemic candida overgrowth being how I'm seeing results with having such a pretty poor diet. I definitely need to learn how to eat better.