I kinda forgot to do this yesterday, so I'll do it now. Face was same old, albeit with a bit more redness (or at least it seemed like it). I stopped at CVS and spent a LONG time browsing the cleanser / moisturizer section simply because I was sooo fed up with Neutrogena. It's expensive for how small the bottle is, yet even with eight pumps, I feel like my skin literally gets no relief. Within ten minutes or so, it feels just as dry as it was without moisturizer, internally and externally.
I ended up picking up some Moisturel. When I moisturized with it last night, there wasn't any severe burning, so that was good. The most I got was maybe a slight "warming" sensation. Face didn't get any redder than it did with Neutrogena, either. Although my skin was still feeling kinda tight / dry after the moisturizer, I'm going to give it a couple days to see if things don't improve.
Something that happened last night that really pissed me off... since this Moisturel is thicker than Neutrogena was, I had to do more rubbing and spreading to spread it over the skin... it was at this point that I realized how many flakes were actually on my face, because the act of moisturizing kinda loosened them off. My whole face looked sooo nasty lol... super-red hyperpigmentation, oily and greasy from having just applied moisturizer, and a sea of white creamy flakes covering the whole thing. Thankfully once the moisturizer dried, things looked a little more civilized. XD
Day 32 - Morning
Woke up this morning with really dry and flaky skin on the sides of my face. Shaved and hopefully got some of the flakes off that way. Spent a little more time cleansing too, surprisingly my face seemed less red / irritated than yesterday though. Waited two and a half minutes, applied moisturizer to neck... 2.5 more minutes, one pump BP... then twenty minutes later, Moisturel. Not as many flakes appeared this time, probably because of the shaving. Again, Moisturel didn't give me the hideous burning sensation that CeraVe and Cetaphil did, despite benzyl alcohol being among the first on the ingredients list. Strange stuff.
EDIT: During the day, face still felt kinda tight. Came back to the mirror a couple times to take flakes off with tweezers. I notice that there is dryness / flaking in areas that end up coming in contact with BP accidentally I assume... such as, in the area above my eyes / below my eyebrows, or on my earlobes. I need to find a way to keep BP from getting on those areas. I think I might do the same thing I've been doing with the neck... after cleansing, apply a layer of moisturizer just to those areas, and also when applying BP, make sure to maintain some distance from them.
My situation really kinda sucks because I don't just get acne on the face. Even if my face does clear up, I'll still get occasional acne behind my ears and on my neck. Plus, there's still my bacne and a slight amount of chest acne to worry about. I love my genetics! That's part of the reason I'd given accutane some thought a while back. But for now I'll just stick with this here Regimen.
Nothing much to say, cleanser, moisturizer to cover sensitive areas, 2 pumps BP, then moisturizer all over.
Edited by wombat666, 08 August 2013 - 09:00 PM.