So I've been on the new skincare prescription from the dermatologist for almost two weeks now, I think my skin is adjusting to no salicylic acid (this is the longest I've gone without using it in a wash/gel probably for 12-15 years). At first I was amazed that it wasn't drying me out, I skipped moisturizer altogether and still had fairly dewy (read: a little oily) skin.
Redness seemed to be clearing up and I do wonder if it's due to not using the drying wash/treatments with the salicylic acid - but the sulfur based products are supposed to help with rosacea so who knows.
Now I don't know what started all of this strange behavior over the past four days, but wowzers. What a strange combination of issues I've been having.
First off, I had decided to try using a waterproof mascara daily. I figured it wouldn't be as bad as I remember (removal) and the curly-lashed staying power plus no concerns about watery eyes in the wind would be reason enough to use it. I had bought some Neutrogrena oil-free waterproof makeup remover to take it off with. Even trying to be patient, I was getting frustrated getting all of the mascara off (I am generous with the mascara!). Then my skin around my eyes was burning a bit in the morning, so I thought maybe I didn't wash it off afterwards because my whole washing routine is different now that I have to store my new sulfur stuff outside the bathroom.
A day or two after I noticed the burning, even though I had changed to being very careful about washing off the remover, I noticed some big scaly peeling around my eyes. Yikes! I decided straight away that I was chucking this waterproof mascara (okay, it's just going to the back of the bin reserved for days I really need waterproof) and getting some nice new easy to remove mascara.
I also felt my eye cream wasn't really moisturizing me (always have problems with concealer being patchy). I was concerned maybe I'd been getting the new skincare/antibiotic too near to the eye skin, all had been revised in how I was applying. I bought new eye cream, some stuff for "mature" skin from L'Oreal and it was gold, couldn't pass that up. I love gold! Anyway.
This morning, I woke up and to my horror I was peeling around my left eye and down on to my cheek. Criminy christmas!
Add in some mystery rash/burn of unknown origin on my neck and chest for the past 4 days and I'm a mess. From the chest up, I'm burning and peeling and falling apart! My neck was peeling this morning as well. I'm not sure how it's possible that this was a sunburn as I wear sunscreen every day and last week it was raining and overcast almost every day anyway; and I only spend 45 or so minutes in the sun cumulatively all day... but it really does look like a sunburn today. Maybe I was sleep-walking in the sun during a post-workday-nap.
I've also been getting several very small blemishes, the kind that clear up overnight for me with salicylic acid - getting them on my forehead and bridge of nose - and those are places that aren't terribly common for me to get spots. I figure this is just another adjustment. I may start wearing a bit of moisturizer again on my cheeks to keep them from drying out. I'll wait another day or so to make sure it wasn't a weird fluke.
We will prevail!