Friday, March 7, 2014

My Chemical Peel Adventure! Part Two (Scary pictures included!)

Peel The Imperfections Away

If you read Part One of this blog, then you have an understanding of how a medium depth chemical peel works or perhaps you have had one yourself.  I perform this peel once a year to freshen up my complexion and help keep my skin tight. 

As promised, here are my day to day pictures I took of myself as I was going through the healing process.  The pictures are from the first time I did this peel on myself in 2008. 


I used a 20% TCA and applied 3 layers.  The first layer isn't bad.  It burns a bit but, is tolerable.  The second layer is much stronger.  When it comes time to apply the third layer I have to psych myself up for it as it really strong and feels like I am wiping my skin off with it!  It's definitely eye watering!

This first photo was taken about 20 minutes after the peel.  Face is very red and has a sunburn, windburn feel.  (I put the same shirt on every day to take the pics and tried to make the same face.)

The next morning my skin no longer has that sunburn windburn feel.  Skin's a little swollen.  It is darker and will continue to darken as the top layer of skin is going to peel off.  It is very dry as well.  I apply emu oil about 4 or 5 times a day.


The third day after the peel very dry and craggly.  New skin is forming underneath so it feels itchy.  It's all I can do to not rub my face on the carpet!! If you look closely you will see the corners of my mouth the skin is just starting to peel.  Skin is so dry that is is hard to open my mouth all the way so shakes and soups are on the menu for the day.  I continue applying Emu Oil.



Day four after showering this is what rolled off my skin in the shower.  I can move my mouth again! Woo Hoo!!  Looks like I am wearing a mask!



At day 5 everything except my forehead had now peeled off.  The forehead took a few more days before it peeled off.


This is still day 5. I just took my hair out of the headband and finally got to smile! My face was pink for about 8-10 days and still had some dead skin flaking off too.  I only used basic products during this time.  Cetaphil for a cleanser, emu oil, and sunscreen.  I didn't use anything with an active ingredient, like Retin A or a vitamin C serum until my skin was all healed.

The most important thing with this type of peel is to never ever pick or pull your skin off.  You can scar your skin and\or cause hyperpigmentation.  Just let your skin heal naturally and the results will be worth it!
7 years later. Performing this type of peel helps keep my complexion smooth and even toned.


These photos were taken 7 years ago and it was the first time I had performed this peel on myself.  Now when I do this peel my face no longer gets dark from it.  The first time this peel removed sun damage that I had deep in my skin, which wasn't visible with the naked eye.  My skin, of course still gets dry and craggly but it's part of the healing process.



Do you think you would ever try a peel like this?  Have you had a peel like this?  What was your experience?

Till next time.  Have a beautiful skin day!  Your Esthetic Goddess,  Susie

44 comments:

  1. Wowza! It's crazy sun damage under your skin caused your skin to be that dark as it healed! I think I would consider doing this, especially after seeing your great results

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    1. Megan, It was amazing to see the sun damage that you couldn't see with the naked eye come out with this peel! I think these types of peels are worth the healing time. I definitely recommend having it performed by a physician.

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  2. I have no objection to trying a chemical peel but I am a picker so it would be very, very hard for me to keep my hands away. My only other concern would be that I'd have to take time off from work. But the results would be worth it!

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    1. Carla, this is a medium depth peel. You can always do a light peel. There is no downtime and you can go about your life normally.

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  3. Woah! I don't think I could go through with this, looks too painful. And knowing how sensitive my skin is I'd probably scar or something. Your results looked great! Definitely a job for the pros like yourself and not a DIY project.

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    1. Gracielle, it's really not painful. The peel itself stings for about 8 minutes when first applying it. Then it feels like a sunburn for the first day. The rest of the time it just feels incredibly dry because the top layer of skin is going to peel of. Your right, this type of peels needs to be done by a pro. Not just because of how deep it goes but as you can see, you definitely need someone to hold your hand during the healing process!

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  4. Yikes! I would be scared to do this and have all that peeling for a week. Maybe if I went on vacation for a week and could hide at home I would do it! But it looks like it definitely works wonders for the skin!

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    1. Martha, you definitely have to clear your schedule with this type of peel! It's a great if you have a bunch of projects (Clean closets. Paint a room.) done as you peel like a snake!

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  5. I almost got a chemical peel before but decided not to. But after looking how your skin is glowing and smoothe afterwards I may try it out.

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    1. Loudia, If you find someone who preforms them often and preps your skin for several weeks before the peel. This helps speed up the healing process as well as make the peel work better. Let me know if you ever get one. They really freshen up the complexion!

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  6. A friend of mine had a chemical peel and her skin was amazing as a result. I’d definitely consider doing one that wasn’t as deep as the one you’ve shared with us. I’m amazed at the impurities that the peel brought out of your skin! Visiting from #SITSSharefest

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    1. Elizabeth, There are definitely other ways to get results with your skin. Certain prescription products or other less invasive treatments. This type of peel just removed a lot with one peel rather then waiting several month for results. I am such an instant gratification girl!

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  7. Your skin is just beautiful! So glad you have found something that works wonderful for you. I'm over 50 and my skin is sooooo sensitive that I can't use but one product, it is called Lift Lab Skin Regeneration it's a Purify & Clarify Daily Cleanser and Detox Mask. It is so nice to meet you.

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    1. Thank you Kimberly! It's a pleasure to meet you as well. I'm 49 and have many products and treatments in my anti aging arsenal! It's is all about finding what works for your skin so that is fantastic that you have found some for your skin!

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  8. Wow, after it was all said and done, your skin looks so healthy! Would need a good block of time for me to attempt it though. Certainly not an "one day" fix! Thanks for sharing the pictures.

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    1. There is nothing that is a one day fix, Lucy. It would be cool if there was though! Everything requires a series of treatments and maintenance. You can do light peels every 10-14 days that don't interfere with you daily life.There's something for everyone. It's all good!

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  9. Well the results are amazing, there is no denying that, but I am such a chicken, I cannot see myself doing this! Although, you know what they say, never say never! ;)

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    1. That is very true, Kim! There are less scary treatments that can remove sun damage. Like the IPL laser. We can baby step you into treatments!

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  10. I never even thought about getting a chemical peel , but maybe it is something I will consider in the future. You skin definitely looks beautiful though :)

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    1. Oh thank you, Kanertta! I will do future post about less scary ways to rejuvenate the skin too!

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  11. Amazing how smooth it makes your skin! I am so impressed! :)-Ashley

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    1. Thanks, Ashley. It's kind of like a caterpillar to a butterfly type of treatment!

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  12. Wow the results are amazing, have to figure out a time of year where I can stay in the house for 7 days tho! lol

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    1. Kethia, This type of peel definitely requires hide in the house time! The results are worth it to me though.

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  13. I would be too scared to try this. My skin is super sensitive and I tend to scar with keloid scars. I'd be interested in your less intensive skin rejuvenation methods, though! :)

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    1. You are right about being timid to try something like this. Keloids are unpredictable. I will do a future post on light peels that everyone can do with no 'hide in the house' time!

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  14. I used to be married to a plastic surgeon so he would bring home all kinds of products for me to try--but never a peel like this. I would never get a facelift, but I will probably get peels, microdermabrasion, and laser at some point. Now that I"m divorced from the guy, I don't get the treatments or products anymore (I love Obagi products and would use them religiously with Retin-A). Now I make my own skincare oils and creams, but I don't really use anything for exfoliation except sugar scrubs. I think the best thing for anyone's complexion is passion for life and lots of love.

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    1. Nicole, I love Obagi and Retin A!! I have been using both for 20 years now. They are the best of the best in book!

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  15. You are very brave. I am far too chicken to do a peel on my face. Can't argue with results. Looks great.

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    1. LOL! Julie, if you only knew the half of it! I use myself as a guinea pig in a way I never would on one of my clients just to see how the skin reacts. I also need to experience treatments first hand in order to tell clients exactly what they can expect. This truly is a fun and fascinating job!

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  16. Wow - I have always wondered what a chemical peel does to your face. Thank you for sharing your photos - I found that fascinating!

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    1. Your welcome, Dana. Chemical peels are great way to freshen up your complexion!

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  17. I could not do a peel because it would frighten my children and husband. I like the results though!

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    1. Lol! I try out so many different things on myself that the hubby, kids, their friends and our neighbors are all used to it by now!!

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  18. Wow! I always wanted to do something like this but so scared it would hurt I'm a big baby . I love the results though. Thanks for sharing your pictures! Group 6 ~ Spring Fling Sits Blogging.

    Kim

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    1. Lol! Kim, the picture make it look worse than it is. I promise. The first day it feels sunburned. The rest of the days it just super dry and tight because all that skin is going to lift off.

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  19. The results are incredible! I probably will never do this only because I'm terrified of the pain it will cause. I came over to visit from the spring fling!

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    1. Miranda, the worst part when doing the peel itself. It does sting for sure! However if you use a fan it doesn't hurt that much and really it only last a few minutes. After that it just feel like a sunburn for the first day. The rest of the days look scary and painful but it is really just tight and dry because all that skin is going to lift off.

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  20. I would love to try a peel someday soon! I have seen some amazing results on friends,, but I haven't had the courage yet to do it. The last time my friend did it her skin was as angry and red as yours, but after the 5th or 6th day it was gorgeous. I should take the plunge soon.... Shaunna @Tempting Thyme

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    1. Shaunna, The redness is actually normal because the peel has gone deep and also because that is new skin that has formed. These peels take a few days but are worth it!

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  21. You look beautiful :) I am also a picker. I would be one scarred lady! I'm terrible with my sunburns!! :)

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    1. Awww thank you, Jen! It is incredibly hard to not pull off all the skin when it get to that stage but I know in the end the results are worth it!

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  22. You know the old adage that beauty is pain? Yeah, well, whoever coined that phrase must have been undergoing a chemical peel (or doing Bikram yoga; lol)

    I've only done one chemical peel -- and that was back in college; it was actually the same dermo that prescribed me my very first tube of Retin-A.

    That doc shall have a place in my heart forever for introducing me to such invaluable sources of beauty...

    This is an awesome post and I've bookmarked it with the intention of sharing it with anyone who asks what happens during a chemical peel...

    Thank you, once again, Susie!

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    1. Oh definitely, Courtney! I do a couple of things that are not feel good treatments but the results are so very worth it!

      I have a derm like that too in my life. Started going to him almost 30 years ago! He, like your derm, introduced me to Retin A and my very first chemical peel. He is very knowledgable and has a hilarious bed side manner!

      This was a medium depth peel. I need to write a post on light peels. There's no downtime and no scary pics with those!

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