Bad Personal Experience With Chemical Peel
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This is my chemical peel experience: I am 18 years old and have struggled with acne since I was 12. I have tried everything to help it, such as ProActiv, Skin ID, Neutrogena, Rodan & Fields, etc. I’ve even tried birth control and those crazy light masks that claim to remove bacteria that causes acne. I also have extremely oily skin and was hoping that a chemical peel would resolve some of that oiliness. I wanted to try a chemical peel because I thought, "Well, I've tried everything else so why not?"
I got my chemical peel done at More Than a Pretty Face Skincare Boutique in Georgia and my doctor was Barbara. As far as the boutique and the service, it was great. The chemical peel was done fast and it didn't hurt like I thought it would. My face turned yellow afterwards which is what is supposed to happen and I just had to wait to see what the next few days would bring.I was told to buy Vaseline, a face wash that would be gentle like Cerave or Cetaphil, and moisturizer. The doctor gave me a sheet of paper that outlined what the week ahead would most likely look like in terms of how much skin would peel each day, what products I should use each day, and how to get the best results out of my peel. However, the actual result of the peel was not what I thought it would be and I didn't think it was worth having to go in hiding for a week to not scare anyone from my peeling face. I did everything that the instruction sheet said and I was very careful to make sure that I didn’t damage my skin.
The whole time my face was peeling it was so uncomfortable and all I wanted to do was get the dead skin off, but you're not supposed to. Even when my skin wasn’t peeling yet, I felt uncomfortable and I’m not sure if it was because I just had to sit around all day or if my skin was making me uncomfortable. My lips and ears also got extremely dry and cracked even though I was smothering them with Vaseline and moisturizer. That was probably the most painful part of it because they were so dry that they were bleeding.
I had done a lot of research prior to getting this peel done and when I watched other’s videos about peels, their entire facial skin came off (I know that sounds weird) and when it came off, it usually did it in big chunks. I don't even think my whole face peeled, just some areas but it was very tiny pieces at a time and it was not fun. Think of it as having a bunch of hangnails on your fingers but not being able to get rid of them.
I really wish that I would’ve had a better experience with this procedure because I wanted it to change my skin so badly, however it just wasn’t worth it for me. If the results were incredible and my skin looked better than before, I would consider doing a peel again but it made absolutely no difference. Now, I am trying to find a new skincare regimen that might help (fingers crossed, I’m running out of options, ha-ha!) but I am glad I at least attempted a chemical peel to see if it would work. Overall, I do not recommend doing a chemical peel but I'm sure that different skin types and different peel types may yield different results. You never know if you never try!