Battling hyper-pigmentation, from acne scarring, can leave you feeling less confident in your appearance. I should know. Growing up my face was always so clear. I never had an issue. EVER!! So that’s why I never could understand as an adult why my face went completely ballistic on me. I get that stress, hormones and everyday life changes can alter your skins condition. BUT GOOD GOSH I was noticeably racking up on these ugly marks so fast that I went completely crazy and obsess with trying to get rid of these marks. Due to my acne and very sensitive skin my ance breakouts would nearly always leave a dark spot behind even if I didnt pick at it. This was very frustrating and somewhat embarrassing to also have my pimples greeting people before I could even can!
Research after research i finally settled on yet another remedy to rid my face of these horrible marks. That’s when I happen to stumble across how a Glycolic acid chemical peel can actually cure acne and treat hyper-pigmentation SO once again I decided to give this possible solution to beautiful clear skin a try. Here is my journey:
SO back in April of 2017, I went looking for new products to try out on you tube. Youtube has alot of videos pertaining to the correction of the skin along with tips and trick one can do inorder to see results faster. So I ended up deciding on a product by Perfect Image named Glycolic 30% Gel Peel Starting at Level 1.
Directions: Before applying cleanse the skin throughly. Apply peel evenly for 1 to 3 mins depending on skin sensitivity. Initial application apply only for 1 min or less. Begin to stop activity and remove peel by flushing with cool water. Contact time may be increased with tolerance. Rinse generously with cool water. May repeat treatment every 1-2 weeks in the absence of skin irritation. Peel may be layered to enhance effectiveness.
I bought this product from amazon for 35 bucks along with products:
Life-Flo Organic Pure Rosehip seed oil $5.79
Lily of the desert Aloe Vera Gel Inner Fillet $6.49
100% Pure Tea Tree Oil with 45% Terpinen $10.95
Amazon Basics Thick MicroFiber Cleaning Cloths 3 pk $6.99
SkinFun IPX7 Waterproof Facial Cleansing Brush $19.99
Taking my Total to a whooping $85.89.
Now Im always hesitant when buying new products simply out of fear that it wont work nor is it good for the pockets you know but, I also feel like my skin issue is worth knowing whether it would work in help clearing it.
My routine consisted on first using the SkinFun IPX7 Waterproof Facial Cleansing Brush to cleanse my entire face and neck with ( I do not have a set face cleanser) the product I was using at the time which was the Aquaphor cleanser. (It helps neutralize my eczema itching). Then I took the Amazon Basics Thick MicroFiber Cleaning Cloths and gently wiped the skin to remove any dead skin.
Next I would apply the Glycolic acid to my face and neck and let it sit on the face for 4 to 5 mins until my skin lets me know when its time to rinse. A glycolic acid peel, or alpha hydroxy acid (AHA) peel, is a superficial chemical peel that removes the top layer of the skin. The glycolic peel process triggers the production of new collagen and elastin and, as a result, reduces fine lines and wrinkles, evens out skin discoloration, fights acne, and improves skin texture.
After application of the Glycolic acid product I would take the Aloe Vera Gel and apply a generous amount over my entire face and neck to soothe and moisturize the skin without added oils (I have oily skin). This product would get left on for 15 to 20mins, rinsed off and then reapplied in a thinner layer for absorption into the skin.
Next I apply The Pure Rosehip seed oil in a circular motion into the skin to help aid with clearing of the marks and moisture.(My skin is nearly dead dry after washing it) Rosehip seed oil is full of vitamins, antioxidants and essential fatty acids that are known to correct dark spots and hydrate dry, itchy skin, all while reducing scars and fine lines.
YES! My skin did tingle if not damn near felt like it was burning upon the first application. REMEMBER it is working to remove that top layer of skin. But it should not literally burn when applying. PLEASE USE WITH CAUTION!! I realized that 5mins was to long of a time to let the solution set in ones face. See Im the type that when starting a new regimen I want it to work there on the spot. I HAVE NO PATIENCE! lucky for me I escaped the first and second application without any burns. I apply the product 2 weeks apart in the same matter listed above.
My third application I applied 2 days after the second application.YIKES!
Me being me I didnt think much of it. My skin wasnt reacting badly nor was it showing negative side effects such as cracking, bleeding or overly irritated nor was my skin peeling. So I figure my skin was ok for another application. BOY WAS I WRONG!! I left it on to long as well and burnt my face. YES I BURNT MY FACE!!
Talking about a self esteem killer. My face was burnt in like five different places and my emotions shot through the roof. Please do not make the same mistake I did. Just because your face seems to be healed trust me with a strong chemical like glycolic acid it is not.
I surely learnt my lesson and took additional steps to get my skin back healing and healthy.
Take a learning lesson from my experience and DO NOT BURN YOUR BEAUTIFUL FACE!!