Larkie - Thanks for your response. I've been to two dermatologists and an allergist, they all gave me steroid creams to apply which didn't have any affect on my lips. I've booked an appointment to see an oral specialist next week hopefully she will be helpful. I've also read about the liver and colon cleansing but i'm not sure if it's safe - that will be my last resort to be honest. At the moment i'm focusing on accepting this condition and making life less stressful At least moisturizing helps stop the peeling (although temporarily) for you - my lips still peel even if I moisturize them 24/7.
Haunted Eyes - Thank you so much for your detailed response. I really appreciate it. What testing did you do to find out you have all these food allergies? I went to an allergist here and she said that she had never seen this lip problem before and it was unlikely that a food allergy was causing the peeling. She didn't do any testing at that time (although a year back i did get a prick test done for another issue and no food allergies showed up only mild dustmite allergies).
For me, the peeling has either been low iron or food allergy (due to oral allergy syndrome, which is not a common allergic reaction), or exposure to gluten. Celiacs can get angular chelitis, which can be caused by nutritional deficiencies. When I researched angular chelitis, I saw that lots of times it was due to low B vitamins, or low iron. If you get gluten when you are celiac, you damage the intestines which then makes it difficult to get the proper nutrients out of the food you eat ... which also means vitamin supplements you may eat, thus malnutrition. I tried B vitamins, and that didn't effect the lip cracking, peeling, burning that I was getting, but did help with other health issues. I then tried iron supplements, and the burning around my mouth went away within hours, and the lip cracking and peeling improved hourly to totally clear within one or two days, three days if it was really bad.
Sometimes when I do get the facial swelling and the lip swelling from a food (think lips swelling bigger than Loretta Switt's would look like if she were doing botox injections), the swelling causes blistering, lip cracking, peeling and burning. It is an allergic reaction, but is called oral allergy syndrome because it is actually an allergy to an environmental allergy. The immune system is just confusing the proteins in the environmental allergens with the proteins in the food. So technically, you aren't allergic to the food, but you are having an allergic reaction to it because of your allergy to the environmental allergen. If you get your body to where it doesn't react as much to the environmental allergen, and avoid the problem food, then eventually your body may stop confusing the food with the environmental allergen and you may be able to add that food back in.
For myself, when I react to the foods, the FIRST reactions I get may be some burning inside my mouth, lip swelling toward the middle of my upper lip, and then some burning around my mouth which may or may not include some itching. If it progresses, the lips start to crack and peel, swell more. If it gets worse, I can get blisters, crusting, and lots of itching. The worst reactions I have had had progressed to eyelid swelling (itch and burn) and facial swelling, with the eyes swelling so badly my eyes were swollen shut.
I have been doing allergy shots for my environmental allergens for several years; I had about 13 of them (including cedar, elm, bermuda grass, three types of mold, dust, cats, dogs, horses, cottonwood, and some other trees). After about 3 years of the shots, I now only show mild allergy to the cedar, dogs, dust, and misc. trees and am continuing the shots for these). My allergist thinks it's either the cedar or dust that are causing the oral allergies to the foods, with the most likely culprit the dust. He said even mild, the body could be really, really not liking the dust allergens.
The allergist said that when the environmental allergens get in the air, you actually swallow a lot of them (one reason why dust is so bad ... there can be lots of dust around, so lots swallowed). The swallowed allergens get to the stomach where a person who has problems with them can get all sorts of gastrointestinal issues from it, or the confusion I mentioned above where the body thinks the proteins in the environmental allergen are the same as the problem foods (because their proteins are actually pretty similar), so it triggers an immune response to the foods.
Anyhow, if you want to try some iron to see if it helps, make sure to take it with food, and I'd advise with something with Vitamin C. Iron is best absorbed with protein and Vitamin C, and can make a person nauseous if you don't take with food. I wouldn't take iron long term unless you know you're outright anemic, but periodically when you have the lip issues (if you find it helps you). You can be temporarily low on iron due to fasting. You may not deliberately be fasting, but perhaps just not feeling well so not eating much or maybe on a diet. I.e., Just this past week I wasn't outright fasting, but for a few days had a bad migraine, so I was barely eating ... the lip cracking, peeling and burning started up again from that. I took an iron supplement for three days and that cleared right up.
For my allergy testings, I had skin prick tests (IgE), Elisa blood testing (IgE and IgG), Entero Lab's stool testing (IgA), plus the typical celiac diagnosing testing, and then basic elimination diet trial and error. While the validity of some of the various allergy testings is controversial depending on who you talk with, all of the testing has been accurate for me because I notice reactions to all of the items that turned up as problematic immune response items on the tests (reactions including gastritis flare ups, vomiting, diarrhea, bloating, edema, muscle pain, migraines, eye twitching, swelling, hives, nerve damage, etc.). I've actually had the least accuracy with the skin prick testing, I think because I tend to have delayed IgE immune responses, so they're not seeing the immediate responses an allergist wants to see in the office when they do the skin prick.
All of my bad reactions improve if I avoid the items from the tests. The immune system is weird, and is very individualized; not everyone reacts the same nor to the same degree. Immunology is still probably about where brain surgery is at ... there is still a lot doctors don't know, and they're still learning. They know a lot, but it's still pretty new science.