Let’s be honest here… we all want clear, glowing skin (who doesn’t want glass-looking skin). I know I do! I’ll admit I try my very best to care for my skin, last year I started working with Susie, too, and we did a complete overhaul with my skin routine. I have loved and loved the results and how my skin is looking. But I wanted to take it a step further and eliminate some stubborn acne scarring I have had- enter the chemical peel. I have never gotten one done, and I had NO idea what to expect, so today, I wanna share my results, my thoughts, and a chemical peel review! P.S. Watch the video down below too!
Before diving into my journey, let’s briefly understand a chemical peel because I know I have gotten several questions about it. Chemical peels are cosmetic treatments that use a combination of chemicals to exfoliate the skin’s top layer. They can be tailored to various skin concerns, including fine lines, acne scars, and, in my case, texture irregularities and sun spots. The peel’s intensity can vary, from superficial to deep, depending on the issues being addressed.
As I entered my thirties, sun spots from years of unprotected sun exposure (I know, I know) and acne scaring- I’m a picker- again, I know, I know 🤪. Despite trying various skincare products and routines, the results were not what I truly wanted. I wanted a more effective solution to rejuvenate my skin and restore a smoother, more youthful appearance. So that is when I reached out to Susie and asked her to help. The first thing we started was getting routine facials, and I also started using retinol. If you want more details on my current skincare routine visit this post.
HOW THE PEEL WORKS:
The process itself was relatively quick and painless. Although, the chemical peel solution does have a strong scent! Here’s a breakdown of what happened:
- Cleanse to remove any dirt.
- Apply the acetone to prep the skin (yup, acetone 😅)
- Application of the Chemical Solution. I experienced a mild tingling sensation, which was manageable. We did around 4 layers of the solution.
- Wait Time: I waited for the solution to work its magic, which took about 15-20 minutes. Susie closely monitored my skin’s reaction during this time.
- Aftercare: I was given detailed instructions for post-peel care, including using gentle skincare products and avoiding sun exposure. There was also an at-home towelette I had to apply myself.
The Recovery Period:
This is where things got interesting. The first day, I was fine. That first night was BRUTAL. My face itched SO SO bad. I did have a reaction like Susie mentioned in the video below. Once the Benadryl finally kicked in, I was fine.
After the 24hr mark passed, things were fine. I started peeling around 48/36 hour mark. My skin and face looked weird with the peeling, but by day six, most of the peeling was done, and by day seven, my skin looked SO bright and youthful. There was still some redness, but you can see how much hyperpigmentation was gone in just one use!
As the days turned into weeks, I began to notice remarkable improvements in my skin’s texture and a significant reduction in hyperpigmentation. My complexion appeared smoother, more even, and had a radiant glow! Because we have had so much traveling back to back, I am waiting for mid-October to roll around for me to get my second peel.
And I can’t wait! I will have Benadryl on hand already, but I think things will be easier because I know what to expect. Am I crazy for wanting to do this again? Why yes, yes I am. But I did love the results!
Thanks for stopping by and reading (or watching) my chemical peel review!
Have a great day!