The power of the peel
Okay, let’s just start by getting something out of the way. I have bad skin. There I said it. No wait, I don’t think you understand. I have chronically, embarrassingly, obnoxiously, mean, rude and downright DISRESPECTFUL skin…. that seemed more fitting. It started sometime around 14 when I began high school, and I’m sure it had something to do with my diet or puberty. My brothers had experienced skin issues throughout their high school heydays so my parents never worried about it too much, I’m pretty sure they chalked it up to hormones along with all of the other strange things that can happen when you raise human beings. My brothers both underwent Accutane, a popular acne medication that was originally used as chemotherapy (!) and is now prescribed as a last resort for almost anyone over the age of 16 that still experiences acne. Now it’s not that I was opposed to Accutane, I was actually excited about it when I heard it was going to virtually wipe the pores right off of my face to reveal smooth, sexy, J Lo Glow skin. It wasn’t until I went to the dermatologist to find out the side effects that included everything from dry skin to suicidal thoughts and all the way to the possibility of, not kidding, harming others.I’m not really into assault or murder for that matter, especially when you’re telling me I’m going to have chapped ugly lips in my mug shot so…thanks anyway. My brothers actually both experienced some hard-core side effects on Accutane (one of them thinks he has low testosterone because of it) so it was pretty much off the table for me as an option. So began my skincare journey to that healthy “J Lo Glow”. I also went to high school in 2001, so yes, I’m 31 and J Lo is still amazing, and she will always be my beauty goals, and that’s the end of it.
Fast forward to years and years of changing diets, changing boyfriends (hello STRESS acne) changing cities and changing careers, and I still haven’t quite figured out why my skin hates me but I’m pretty sure it involves indulging in too much of a little bit of everything I enjoy doing. It’s personal at this point. So I start drinking less and eating less fattening foods, I start wearing tinted sunblock (PCA skin Sheer Tint SPF 45) instead of foundation, I land one steady boyfriend I can now call my Feyonce (instead of fiancée, get it? Sorry, I had to do it) and I make a skincare discovery that is slowly but surely becoming one of my favorites of all time. The Chemical Peel.
What’s The Skinny?
Chemical Peels have a bad rep. Common belief is that they are abrasive, painful and in this organic day in age, anything with the word “chemical” in it is offensive but I was vegan for 9 days once so I feel I can speak to this. They’re actually quite magical. Chemical peels remove the top layer of the skin to reveal younger, softer, less wrinkled and yep, you guessed it, GLOWY skin! A chemical solution is applied to the skin, in my case, a PCA skin peel with hydroquinone and resorcinol, which makes it peel off over the course of about 7 days. The results are out of this universe, but there IS a bit of an uncomfortable stage that may involve some strategy. My first peel came to me as a bit of a shock, so I’m here to advise you not to be discouraged by the peeling. I’m here to encourage you to embrace the peel, become one with the peel, because the peel will do it’s job if you allow it. Trust the process, young grasshoppers.
What’s the downside?
You may want to chat with a professional before going ahead and booking one, there ARE some stipulations involved. You can’t be pregnant (but your skin is probably already glowing anyway so, there’s that) or breastfeeding. Chemical peels can also reactivate cold sores so be mindful of that if you have a history of them. You’ll want to avoid sun exposure for the first week but, you should avoid sun exposure anyway so…two birds one stone 😊
Results vary from person to person and peel to peel. Yes, there are different kinds of peels, don’t assume all are created equal for every skin type. If you want to learn more about what kind of peel would work best for you, I’d suggest scheduling a consultation with a skincare professional, they’ll give you the scoop. My results have obviously been epic for acne (which is why we’re here) but the results are awesome for anti-aging, dullness, hyperpigmentation and general skin resurfacing, I mean COME ON how could you not? Schedule your appointment by clicking here (link)…May the slay be with you