I finally went to the doctor today for the abomination on my face.
I told the doctor the long sordid story and all the details about when this started and what I've been using on it.
She thinks it is likely fungal (isn't that lovely) and prescribed me a cream that is anti-fungal and has a mild amount of steroid. She also prescribed Prednisone and okay'd my using the Burts Bees night eye cream.
If things haven't made significant progress within a week then we'll try something else and see a dermatologist.