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Your skin sounds similar to mine. I find it brilliant for moisturising/protecting dry patches without using a rich all over moisturiser. I also love it as a face mask for 10 mins in the bath, the take off gently with a hot flannel.
I have used 8 Hour cream for 10 years for my lips, nothing else works in winter. I don't have any at the moment, and I am in such pain!
But to me it doesn't sound like 8 hour cream would do much good for your face, it's not really a face cream, it's fair too oily and waxy, it's more of an ointment or salve.
Have you tried the oil cleansing method? I have spotty skin that can get dry, and it does wonders for me. Also you could try using bicarb as a gentle exfoliator. I use bicarb in a "hand bath" as my hands get so dry and sore, and it works wonders. I am thinking it might calm your skin down a bit. Many people use it in the bath for kids with chicken pox.
I have never used it on my face but if my hands get chapped and sore, I put it on in bed with cotton gloves over, as its very greasy, it heals them very quickly. I don't use it very regularly just when I have sore chapped skin.
It does smell quite strong, more of an ointment smell than a moisturising cream and I do use it more like an ointment than a general cream.