I wish I had some photos of myself...
Just to update on the progress of my current skin cleansing regimen which I have found works well for my sensitive skin.
To reiterate, I do have sensitive skin that stings & burns when it comes into contact with certain chemicals. What exactly those are I never know, but I'm trying to be minimalist and more natural in my skin care. For example, I burned myself with a small amount of Vaseline. Go figure. In the future, if I require something to help with moisture retainment I will purchase some Lansinoh. ...
Continuing to use my St. Yves - Naturally Clear Green Tea Scrub which contains salicylic acid, and jojoba oil. It is the only thing that I use to wash my face and remove makeup with. My method is just to wet the face with tepid water, squeeze a pea sized amount or more of the St. Ives onto my fingers, mix with 2 or 3 dashes of jojoba, and then rub all over the face for 1 to 2 minutes. It feels good and I try to be careful not to rub too harshly. If at the end I still feel I need more cleansing I will simply take a baby wipe meant for sensitive skin (I am currently using the Walmart brand of cloth baby wipes for sensitive skin) and gently rub across my face.
My moisturizer continues to be a CVS brand containing salicylic acid. Since my last post I have only used the BP once, and have also increased the amount of moisturizer I use for day and night. I do have a couple stubborn deep acne bumps that are just sitting there - not hurting or anything, but just looking ugly. I'm debating whether to use another round of BP and sulfur since the acne is not spreading. In the past, one acne breakout would easily spread into a rash of bumps. Not so since recently! So that is a good sign.
I have also noticed smaller pores! This is definitely noticeable on the cheeks area around my nose. I also have a bit more of an evened skin tone. Prior to daily exfoliating I had very dry and dark areas surrounding my mouth and chin. These areas seem to be getting a bit lighter.
Marks/scars are gradually diminishing but I still dont feel totally comfortable to leave the house without makeup. -- Don't flay me, that's just how I am, lol --- So far I think the combination of the SA, the exfoliating from the scrub, and jojoba keeping the skin a bit more hydrated have all contributed wonderfully.
I feel I might be getting to a point where another phase of healing is required. I've stayed away from AHA's because they can be a bit more harsh, but I may start looking into a weekly treatment to help even more with skin turnover.
I will update again in a few weeks.
note: I've also noticed good things since starting to consistently use a face primer under foundation. In addition to creating a smooth surface for makeup to go on over, I understand it also makes a good barrier in general between the skin and makeup, perhaps even preventing foundation from soaking into and clogging pores. I don't know if this is true but I will continue to use one and just see what happens.