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- Mar 7th, 2012, 10:34 AM #1
okay so I bought a 40% glycolic acid peel a few weeks ago, and did it on my face....my face showed only a bit of redness that went away the next day and my face did peel like dry skin but that also went away a few days later, and I loved how my skin looked afterwards...
After 2 weeks last night I decided to do it again, after the dryness peeling was completely gone. As soon as I put the acid on my face last night it started burning even more than last night, I could tell it felt harsher on my face and my face looked even redder than last time, I quickly washed off with cold water and applied a moisturizer...
I woke up today with brownish red blotches on parts of my face that hurt like hell! I was reading that this only happens when your face "frosts" while doing the peel, but my face did not frost last night, just turned red...
OMG, how long will this last? I only have a downtime of 5 days before I have to go to a wedding!!! will it get better by then??...Is it supposed to hurt? Is this normal?
What can I put on my face to make it feel better? Also can I still wash my face?? I'm freaking out!!! PLEASE HELP ASAP!!!
- Mar 7th, 2012, 10:37 AM #2
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Ouch! I don't know how you girls do this
I got scared reading the other thread. I'm sure Paheli or someone else can come help you out or give some adviceJust because you have an avocado .................doesn't mean you have guacamole
- Mar 7th, 2012, 10:38 AM #3----
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Wait for Paheli....
Did you use the neutraliser?OMG Paki!
- Mar 7th, 2012, 10:50 AM #4
- Mar 7th, 2012, 11:06 AM #5
Pakieyez: Stop freaking out.... This has happened to me several times before when trying out different products/acids. Its "normal" if the peel went deep or for whatever reason, the skin was extra sensitive.
As for the pain.....yes, depending on your pain tolerance, the "pain" can seem bad. The skin for a day or so can feel raw. The ONLY thing you can do at this point is to keep the face SUPER moisturized. Don't rub it, don't try to crack or peel the skin, don't apply make-up. Try your best not to go outside in the sun. If you absolutely must go out during the day, apply a good amount of sunscreen.
But its really best to stay out of the sun like a vampire while the skin heals. You can also try putting aloe vera gel....it may help with the redness. But remember, nothing but moisturizer while it heals. Whatever you're using to moisturize....if it looks/feels like its soaked in the skin...apply more. 24/7 keep it soaked with moisture.
When my face frosts....for the first 3-4 days....I only wash my face with water and keep it moisturized (face looks like it got dunked in argan oil!). After the 3rd or 4th day....I start washing it VERY gently with Cetaphil cleansar (its a very gentle cleansar). After washing face.....I pat dry VERY gently and apply the oil again.
There is no way to predict whether or not your face will be fully healed in 5 days. But right now....there is nothing you can do but keep it moisturized and allow it to heal. Picking at it or physically peeling off the skin increases the risks of hyperpigmention. I learned this lesson the hard way too but for future reference.....give yourself at least 7-10 days for peels before special events.
1) How long did you keep the peel on for this time? How did you neutralize it?
2) Did you use ANY other products containing retinol/retin-a or other acids few days before the peel? (creams, toner, cleanser etc.). ANYTHING that had glycolic, salicylic acid or retin a or retinol?
- Mar 7th, 2012, 11:44 AM #6
1) I kept it on for 2 minutes...I washed it with cold water for like 5-7 minutes, and then applied a heavy moisturizer on it.
2) Yes! I was using my skin brightening cream which contains Kojic Acid every night...and this was drying my skin out a bit...So i guess this is why my skin was sensitive this time...because the first time I did it, I wasn't using this cream prior to it..
question: Is it actually better when your skin starts scabbing for better results than when it doesnt?
- Mar 7th, 2012, 11:53 AM #7
^You didn't neutralize your skin before washing off the acid...I think that might have something to do with your reaction. The kojic acid cream might have made it more sensitive too.
- Mar 7th, 2012, 01:04 PM #8
i think brown patches r normal. like peheli said moisturizing is the only solution and so is avoiding sun. moisturizing will soften it up and it will peel easily. i think 5 days will be enuf. u can use retin A or a retinol product after 2 days to speed up the peeling. but if u r too skeptical stay with moisturizing only.
- Mar 7th, 2012, 01:32 PM #9
What does it mean by neutralizing the skin? No clue!
- Mar 7th, 2012, 01:35 PM #10
Secondly....stop using ALL products containing any acids or retinol/retin-a at least 2-3 days BEFORE the peel. B/C those ingredients make your skin more sensitive and give you less control over how deep the peel is going.
When the acid goes deeper (ie. causes the skin to turn brown/scab etc.)....the results are generally a little more dramatic. But on the flip side, it also requires more downtime and more careful care b/c your chances of hyperpigmentation increase dramatically.
Until your skin is totally healed....just keep it SUPER moisturized and stay out of the sun (do not go outside without applying a generous amount of sunscreen). Otherwise leave it alone and allow it to heal.
- Mar 7th, 2012, 01:48 PM #11----
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OMG the same thing happens to me today.
Did 50% glycolic peel this morning left for about 7 mins. Normally do 40% do about 4 mins. And now have brown patches on my face and neck. Boooo!
An my face stings Sooo bad.
I used factor 50 sunscreen today.
Also I've been using teretonin cream so probs why my skin is more sensitive.
Hope there's no lasting damage. I'm going to go grab the aloe Vera....
- Mar 7th, 2012, 01:56 PM #12
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- neither here, nor there...
I did my first 30% glycolic peel exactly one week ago today....i didn't have any problems, thank god! the first couple of days my skin felt a little sensitive and taught, but nothing too crazy...I have not worn any makeup or put anything on my face except argan oil and sunscreen since then. I've noticed one acne scar/spot in particular does look a little lighter, which is good! I got a samples of the micropolish & decongestant masque from MUAC, so I'm going to try those tonight, and then do another peel after 7 days....let's see how it goes!Better to remain silent and be thought a fool, than to speak and remove all doubt.
- Mar 7th, 2012, 05:03 PM #13----
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Will I scar from this frosting? Cause that will defeat the purpose of the peel
- Mar 7th, 2012, 07:59 PM #14
WHAT? ppl put chemical peels on their face?..WHY?"Common sense is instinct, and enough of it is genius."
- Mar 8th, 2012, 05:21 AM #15----
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I'm really reluctant about doing the peel myself and don't want to spend a fortune on it. So yay to group-on- coupon type of offers!
@Paheli00 ; if given the following options - which would be best? I know they haven't indicated the concentration for the peels except for glycolic - but in general, of the three - which one is the most effective?
Glycolic Peel: Glycolic acid has the smallest molecular particle size, is the most potent of AHAs and thus penetrates more effectively and deeply than any other AHA. For this reason, the Biophora Glycolic Peel is designed to target Element Exposed / Normal Aging skin conditions for patients who desire faster results. Available in 20%, 30%, 40% and 50% concentrations.
Salicylic Peel: Different from Glycolic or Lactic acids, Salicylic acid works within the deeper layers of the skin and is best suited for acneic skin. Salicylic acid is an antibacterial, oil soluble solution which is considered one of the best peels for relieving acne conditions.
Lactic Peel: Lactic acid is much larger in molecular size, cannot penetrate as fast or as deeply as Glycolic acid, and is considered a moisturizing agent. For these reasons, Lactic acid is best suited for people who require a less aggressive exfoliation and milder approach to skin rejuvenation. A gradual smoothing, brightening, and clearing of skin blemishes will be accomplished.A cause may be inconvenient, but it's magnificent. It's like champagne or high heels, and one must be prepared to suffer for it ~ Arnold Bennet
- Mar 8th, 2012, 05:36 AM #16----
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I think Paheli more or less answered the questions in this post:
http://www.paklinks.com/gs/fashion-a...ml#post8740478 (i bought the lactic acid....)
The following posts in that thread are quite helpful too.OMG Paki!
- Mar 8th, 2012, 07:48 AM #17
It depends on what the "issue" is. If you have good skin already.....then lactic is a great, gentle peel (you can start with 40% or 50%). This is also the best choice for people who have SUPER sensitive skin. Glycolic is a good all around peel (for hyperpigmentaion, evening out skintone, fine lines etc) and it's not as strong as it seems if you do it right (on a side note: 20% isn't even worth doing. You should start at least at 30% or 40%...........get skin used to glycolic by using a OTC cream for a week or so).
Salicylic is best for people with severe acne and super oily skin. Please remember that salicylic is a different type of acid that glycolic/lactic and is stronger (hence the % is different...typically 20% salicylic is stronger than 40% glycolic).
Why are you reluctant to do them on yourself? Honestly...starting out with lactic or 30% glycolic is a great way to get the "hang" of it. And this is the cheapest way to do it. I pay like $11 dollar for 1/2 oz peels at MUAC....and each bottle lasts for multiple peels (versus you pay MUCH more for single peels from a "professional"). The only time I'd recommend going to a professional is if you needed a really high % of TCA (more than 21%) or for phenol (which wipes the pigment right off your face). Besides, I'd rather put acid on my own face then trust someone else to do it.
If you do decide to have it done, PLEASE make sure the people know what they're doing. Ask them simple questions like what % is it and at what pH. They should know this off the top of their head. Based on what you've read about this....ask them questions to see if they seem to know what they're talking about (ie. ask them about going out in the sun, ask them about using other products with acids or retin-a, ask them if you'll actually peel etc.). There are many horror stories on the web by people who had peels done by a "professional". So please make sure they know what they're doing.
- Mar 8th, 2012, 07:49 AM #18
pakieyez: How're you doing?
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