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This is a log of my experience with chemical peels.

Background: I'm sure my acne wasn't the worst ever as a teenager but it surely wasn't the stuff Revlon ads are made of. As a young adult I used an oral contraceptive which boasted of having additional skin benefits and that stuff WORKS. Fast forward a few years (actually more than a few) and many international lawsuits regarding organ failure and killer blood clots later, I stopped using 'the pilll'. Cue acne. Still not as bad as I've seen in those before Proactive user pictures but far more that I am willing to contend with. And the worst part is the scarring cause we people love to pick our faces
I have used so many face products over the years it's ridiculous. R-I-D-I-C-U-L-O-U-S. With time I learned to forget the fancying packaging, don't be swayed by 'brand name' or even our old saying "too cheap nuh good" and just look for the active ingredients and their concentration.
So many many many scrubs, foaming washes, treatments, serums, toners, astringents, medicated pads, ointments, lotions and everything in between later I decided to give chemical peels a try.


Note: Initially I was interested in microdermabrasions but decided to give chemical peels a chance on the recommendation of the aesthetician . She said that over time they give better all round results, namely: faster scar removal, less oil secretions and more even skin tone.



First treatment - day 1. The procedure was over much quicker than I expected. Everyone's skin is different and the cosmetologist only keeps on the peel for as long as you can stand it. (I joked regularly that the process was like getting your hair relaxed ) Now to keep out of the sun and wait...
Next session is in two weeks.
I shall attempt to remember to take pictures over time.

Oh, and they gave me a bottle of water at the end!

For information on the Medi-Spa I went to, please watch: http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature...QR9sc_Nc#t=11s
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I was hoping to update you at least 2 days ago with news of skin peeling but none has occurred. This isn't a bad thing mind you but us Bajans are always looking for some indication that whatever we're doing -especially when we've paid for it- is 'working'.
What skin changes I have been experiencing have nothing to do with my treatment but rather an adverse reaction to a lip balm (one that came highly recommend and I went to great lenghts to get). I am most upset; not because this is the first lip balm to give me a skin rash but because I paid so much for it (as lip balms go that is).

The offender! I tried the Natural Mint one
See lauded review here: http://www.temptalia.com/jack-black-...5-review-photo

In the after care instructions that you receive after the chemical peel, it states "You may resume the regular use of Retin-A, alpha-hydroxy acid (AHA) products or bleaching creams ONLY after the peeling process is complete or after 4-5 days." The same applies to benzoyl peroxide. Well this acne prone face could not go 4 -5 without de Proactive face and body scrub. By Saturday I was doing de damn thing.

Side note: The Clinque anti-blemish solutions clarifying lotion is the best toner I have ever tried. EVER.

Shout wunna later.

For more on lip product ingredients, check out: http://www.envirocitizen.org/blog/
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Yesterday the Administrator of the Medi-Spa called to see how I was doing. Isn't that nice? She also had some great news!
That's less than I paid with the first deal...WINNING!

One week later and no peeling evident but that is ok since reactions vary. I wish I could stop picking my face though
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Second treatment. Day 2 - I lasted for 10 minutes
The peel stung a little in some areas but it wasn't intolerable. My main question for the aesthetician was, "if I'm not seeing any peeling, how will I know this stuff is working?" Well I was told to look for less breakouts, less 'oiliness' and scar lightening.
Tuesday was an overcast day and I haven't left the house since I returned home...so I've been good re: keeping out of the sun.
The aesthetician recommended Neutrogena Ultra Sheer Dry-Touch Sunblock since it isn't oily and shouldn't cause breakouts; but that costs $30 something in Collins. Cawwww blehhhh!

A note for makeup wearers: it is ok to wear makeup as usual in between these treatments. I haven't as yet but that's just due to laziness. Knahmean?
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Have you actually tried the non-greasy sunblock?

I'm yet to find one that does what it says it will.

Tired of not wearing sunblock... but the trade-off is to wear shit that claims to be non-greasy, that's heavy and blocks my pores up, leaving me with fucking pimples.

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Have you actually tried the non-greasy sunblock?

I'm yet to find one that does what it says it will.

Tired of not wearing sunblock... but the trade-off is to wear shit that claims to be non-greasy, that's heavy and blocks my pores up, leaving me with fucking pimples.

Help! :)
I purchased this Hawaiian Tropic one from Collins because it was much cheaper (approx. $18). It's consistency isn't thick but I still use it sparingly for the same reasons you mentioned earlier.
Apparently, the Dry Touch one mentioned previously is the best for oily acne prone skin
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One week after the second treatment and I have not noticed any peeling. I still get the one off pimple in the usual areas but no "outbreaks".
On Monday night while applying this mattifying cream I did notice that my my face was realllllllllllly smooth. Could just be the product, I dunno.

FYI: I wash my face with the Cetaphil Gentle Skin Cleanser ($32 for 20 fl oz, Shopsmart) most days and I use the Proactiv Deep Cleansing Wash 4 days after the chemical peel up to 3 days before the next treatment.

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I'm sooo bad re: the pictures.
Here's a before, sadly not showing all the problem areas but you get the idea

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