I'm changing my Natio moisturiser to Avene Hydrance Optimale. The description says "For dry to very dry sensitive skin" which sounds perfect - also non comedogenic! The only downside is that it does not have any SPF. The bottle is quite small so hopefully I'll go through this quick to buy the same moisturiser that contains sun protection. I applied this excitedly right after I bought it and it seemed to hydrate my brown dry spots immediately.
I'm hoping my cheeks will return back to its normal state so that way I can just concentrate on my forehead. I have a new cluster of bumps on my right temple which is the first obvious sign of purging. The pimples I currently have have been slowly growing for a while so no surprise-overnight purge effect yet. No signs of improvement yet, but my skin has been adjusting to it better than a week ago. Not sure what it is today but I feel more hopeful than I have since I've started Stieva-A. I've been taking daily photos on my phone and I can see a reduction in redness.
I'm glad I documented my Retin-A journey when I was 15. Looking back at photos, I can see that I purged for 2 months and in the third month I just had to deal with scarring which eventually faded with no additional products. My cheeks don't look like they broke out much but I can see some flakiness. I remember having some pimples on my cheeks but I can't see them in any photos. Maybe they never grew heads? My forehead, however, did not have any areas clear skin at all. I know for a fact that I never had that drying period after I washed my face before applying Retin-A. Maybe my skin was extra irritated because of that? I wonder if my purge this time will last a shorter time than before. Fingers crossed. I'm just singing "Better With The Lights Off" - Chris Brown in my head right now.