Sometime in October/November marked my third and fourth cycle respectively. I have taken notes throughout my medicating, so, this is where I will be copying from for this entry.
Experience with exfoliating:
Initially, exfoliating brightened (by this time) and removed my flaky skin. This skin was slowly and subtly appearing around "smile lines;" Not on my lips but around the curved area from chin to nose--hope that was somewhat clear. After a couple of exfoliations, more dry spots appeared and I immediately stopped exfoliating all together.
Experience with face wash products:
Neutrogena face wash now too harsh and fragrant for skin and caused irritation--switched to Purpose.
Experience with lip balms:
Lip balms previously mentioned declined dramatically in efficacy. I can only remember Aquaphor, Carmex, and Blistex Med balm (in tube)...I believe additional ones are mentioned in the earlier blog.
Blistex Med balm in container (not tube) works great especially mixed with Dr. Dan's Cortibalm. I apply compulsively and never get the horrid white film or gross sensation on my lips (as I did with the others). Noticeably smooth and not flaky after use of blistex-corti balm concoction.
My skin texture around my neck has changed; it feels like permanent goosebumps but not readily noticeable by others. With moisturizer it returned to normal. I use(d) Purpose Moisturizer as well.
In my case, I would heavily moisturize (e.g. before going to lunch) and in 30 mins my driest spots would be peeling. In times of flaky desperation, I would apply the lip balm to severe areas of dry skin. I do not know how idiotic this might sound but this method not only worked, it worked for almost 2 months.
Face is looking smooth overall but I'm still nervous. All residual blemishes flake away as soon as they appear in 24-36 hours. Scalp feels drier than usual;however this could be attributed to seasonal transitions.