I've settled down a bit. I'm actually waiting several weeks after trying a new product to see what happens, rather than deciding that TWO WHOLE DAYS is plenty long enough for a miracle to occur. I had been contemplating trying zinc on my face (I've been taking a zinc supplement as well) and went ahead and bought some. It's a tinted mineral formula that I bought at our local coop store. Unfortunately, the brand name was on the box and I threw that away, but I'm pretty sure there are several zinc creams out there. Take your pick.
Pros: Because it's tinted it reduces the redness and signs of scarring. It seems to be keeping my face clear, although I still have some problem areas. Really my favorite aspect of this stuff is that I can put it on and my face looks almost clear. The box did say it could take up to two to three weeks to completely clear the skin so I've still got a ways to go. We'll see what happens.
Cons: The box indicates that the cream is fragrance free but I can smell it, a very slight sulfur aroma (it contains 4% sulfur). I'm not sure whether or not others can smell it as well; my nearest and dearest haven't commented so I'm hoping it's only noticeable to me. I also have noticed that painful bumps aren't going away as quickly as they do when I use my Aztec Healing Clay.
Conclusion: Still reserving judgement. As I've mentioned, I really do like the tinting effect, and I think I see a difference in the quality of my skin. That being said, I've gone back to using Aztec Healing Clay on the painful areas at night (I put on the cream in the morning). I'll give it a few more weeks to see if its worth keeping up the routine.
And there you are. Remember, I'm not a medical anything so don't start dosing yourself with zinc inside and out without talking to your doctor.