My Kit arrived today!
A brief overview of the past week:
In anticipation of the "Regiment" change, I've been downgrading my usual vigorous application of Proactiv and included a "moisturizer".... an aloe vera soothing gel from CVS that's intended to heal sunburns, haha. Well, when you don't have anything better to use...
Things seemed to work really well that day, Day -9. Obviously there is a huge kernel of truth to the "less vigorous = less irritation" as discussed by Dan. I found that my face felt different, less porous somehow. The aloe vera gel slathers on but if I don't absorb as much of it as I can, it leaves a greenish residue on my face. But it handles the miniaturization part of it. I didn't notice much of a difference until the night of Day -9, when I went to wash my face again; The aloe vera created some kind of shield that I could feel as my face seemed cold as I rinsed it with warm water before the cleanser. The aloe vera also seemed to reduce the swelling associated with some of my deeper acne, which is of course its standard use. If I rub it in too quickly, my eyes sting, but maybe its just too close to my eyes.
I purchased a tub of Cerave Cream on Thursday, thanks for the tip Meow, but I'm kind of ambivalent about it. When I use it, it leaves my neck ultra dry, and seems to be a little greasy on my T zone. The aloe vera, even though its not a true moisturizer, doesn't feel greasy at all and doesn't seem to goad my face into overproducing oil, either.
Anyway, the package is here, so I'm posting the immediate before pic. Its about 8 o 'clock, again just after the gym. My face is less swollen but some new "friends" have joined the war, especially on the beard line.