The last week has been much better than when I last posted. First, the jojoba oil I bought from Whole Foods worked like a charm! I also learned this weekend that Trader Joe's carries jojoba oil as well so I bought theirs too. The Whole Foods one only dispensed 6 or so drops at a time and I was getting too oily. The Trader Joe's version lets me tailor how much I need, drop by drop. I've found 3-4 drops is more than enough. Anyway, adding the jojoba oil has made a big difference and helped the flakiness subside. I plan to use it at least 1x a day (probably at night) or 2x a day if I'm really dry. If you've not tried it yet and are experiencing dryness, I HIGHLY recommend you give jojoba oil a shot.
This week, I've had one large new cyst but it's toward the back part of my jawline, almost underneath the edge so not very noticeable. I don't mind it much and felt I've had a few days of peace on the acne front. Of course, as soon as I thought that, I had a little whitehead pop-up with some redness underneath by my mouth. Hopefully that will go away quickly. I have a family reunion this weekend and I'm keeping my fingers crossed for some acne free skin. I've got enough to deal with with the scars.
New minor pimples: 2 (one near my mouth, another by my hairline on my forehead)
New major/cystic pimples: 1 (near my jawline, toward the rear / almost underneath the jaw)
Healing pimples: 2 (the big one on my cheek has flattened, can still feel it but it's much better now... and the one from last week near my jaw / mouth).