There are a lot of people in this forum similar to you. Their EC started after taking some Acne medicine. Just because there are people with 18 years of EC doesn't mean you will have it for that long. We have seen so many People in this forum who have been cured using various methods. I am 100% convinced that EC is a result of imbalance in the gut flora caused by prolonged use of Antibiotics . Avoid all sugars (artificial and naturals like fruits), cut out all grains (wheat, rice..), avoid all diaries except for plain organic yogurt (made with whole milk. you should eat at least one cup a day), avoid starchy vegetables like potatoes, yams, carrots, beats etc for two weeks. I am confident that you will see results. please drop the idea of cutting off your lips.