Main update: skin is improving and nearly “normal.” Touch wood (or soft fluffy bunny). How and why are mysterious as the exact mechanism is unknown and has not been tracked systematically, due to my having other things to do (work, life) which are incompatible with obsessively attending to skin-condition. My doctor suspects the following:
- Paying less attention to skin and more attention to other things has probably been a positive contributing factor.
- Skin improvement has meant that (1) above was possible in the first place, because my skin didn’t hurt so I could ignore it. Skin not hurting, skin slowly healing, triggered a neat nice virtuous circle.
- My skin may have simply taken a regular renewal time to heal: that is, two months after the multiple initial dramas at the beginning of March.
- Work stress, anxiety, and overwork have been a negative contributing factor. They would have put my whole system in a weakened state, including increased sensitivity, proneness to over-reaction, and lower defenses. I’ve been more physically ill this year than previously, and less mentally well.
- A positive that may have helped in the last two weeks: it’s a calmer time of year, work-wise, and I talked to work-people who were supportive in various ways, including reducing my work-load. Moral of the story: talk to people, openly and honestly, including your boss. If you’re valuable you will be valued. If you’re anxious and/or depressed, you may have no idea as to whether or not you and your work are valued and valuable, and you may have no way of telling precisely because your judgement is off. This may of course be a high-risk gamble if you are in fact neither valuable nor valued; so talk to trustworthy peer-colleagues first. (If you have none, then it’s probably a sign you should change job; been there, done that…)
Current stuff used:
- Meadowfoam seed oil as makeup remover; warm water & a fresh cleansing pad flannel thing every time
- La Roche-Posay Lipikar cream cleanser; ditto
- Garden of Wisdom anti-puffery eye serum (hyaluronic acid, caffeine, matrixyl 3000)
- Garden of Wisdom green tea hydragel serum (= Wise/Poor Man’s Replenix no. 1)
- La Roche-Posay Cicaplast balm
- DIY shea butter + olive oil + beeswax lipbalm
- Derma E Face SPF 30 (16% ZnO, also green tea, vitamin C (SAP), no silicones; = Wise/Poor Man’s Replenix no. 2)
- Badger unscented SPF 35 stick (22.5% ZnO)
- review of Derma E Face SPF 30: I’ll expand the quick notes on my notepad at the “morosophical beautification” page
- review of that Garden of Wisdom eye stuff, and a couple of comparisons
- review of the Badger sunstick, comparisons (Babo Botanical, Elemental Herbs, BurnOut)
- I’ll keep my eyes open for any new sunscreen that looks Ginger-compatible, and anything else useful and, again, usable on yours truly.