I am an extremely fair skinned person. It could even be argued that somewhere buried deeply in my DNA is the genetic code for albinism. I am so fair skinned that to get my face as red as a strawberry, I simply have to lean over to tie my shoes.
When I was a little girl I had an incident with a flaming marshmallow on a camping trip with my grandparents. I caught my face on fire. I remember as an adult once again meeting a man who had been dating my oldest sister that summer. He hadn’t seen me since I was a little girl. He laughed and told me his strongest memory of me was seeing me running around town on my bicycle with Vaseline and zinc oxide slathered all over my face.
As an adult I am now not only dealing with skin issues because I am fair and left with sensitive skin after being burned. I am also entering menopause and having all sorts of dry skin unhappiness.
I have tried cheap creams and expensive creams. I have tried organic remedies and homemade ones. I could usually get plenty of moisturizing out of everything I tried. My real problem was that everything left my T-Zone burn aftermath red as a tomato. Also, my eyelids were always scaly no matter how faithful I was to moisturize.
What to do? Talk to a dermatologist. And what did the doctor advice? Did I walk away with half a dozen expensive prescriptions? Did I have a list a mile long detailing my new skin care regimen? No. I walked out with two words of advice. Petroleum jelly. Me mum was right all those years ago!