I'm on Day 4, Week 2 of my End of Chapstick Odyssey and I'm sorry to say that it isn't getting much better. I've wondered if I have to slough through several layers of addicted skin before I can normalize, for my lips were almost white this weekend with peeling skin and they still feel like sandpaper. I'm limiting my vitamin E use, as I can see myself becoming addicted to that as well: I use it perhaps 1-2 times a day, mostly when my lips are so tight that I can't even smile normally. Thus, my dismal report is that my lips are still severely chapped and there are even a couple spots that have cracked and bled. A week and a half later.
I just need to keep on reminding myself that I knew it could take several weeks. I was warned. I was also ready to kick the habit. And there is no way I'm turning back now. I've come too far! 1-2 weeks of torture is not worth simply going back to the old routine. Squeeze wondered yesterday if I could just start using it "like a normal person", but I assured him that I would fall right back in line with keeping it on me at all times and slathering my lips with the stuff 20-30 times a day. It's all or nothing, baby.
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