At-Home Chemical Peel Results

I’m basically healed from my laser skin resurfacing and will post a 2 week update tomorrow.

In the meantime, I had to share Chelsea’s before and 1 week after chemical peel results.

I started Chelsea’s series of 6 peels with a light 30% glycolic peel for 2 minutes, after which she did not peel.

For the 2nd chemical peel, I used a glycolic acid/salicylic combo, which evened out her skin tone, eliminated breakouts and reduced dark spots and scarring. Her chemical peel results are AMAZING! I can’t wait to get my hands on her face again.
ASDM Beverly Hills chemical peel results

To prep, I cleansed Chelsea’s face with Cetaphil, then wiped her face with 70% alcohol.

Then I used 50% ASDM Beverly Hills Glycolic Acid, which I left on for exactly 3 minutes.

I neutralized the acid, rewashed her face and applied 20% ASDM Beverly Hills Salicylic Acid for 2 minutes.

I finished the peel by washing her face once more and applying Cetaphil moisturizer.

Immediately after the chemical peel, Chelsea looked very red and strange bumps (that looked like hives) appeared. The bumps subsided within an hour, but she still looked like a crazy, peeling, red-faced monster for a few days; her total downtime from crazy to totally healed was 1 week.  She could have expedited the healing process with proper post-peel care; however, she never purchased Cetaphil or Aquaphor.

When healing from a laser or chemical peel, use Aquaphor Healing Ointment.  It will significantly expedite the healing process.

Note the marked improvement after only 2 treatments.

Chelsea is extremely happy with her results thus far and will undergo a 3rd chemical peel this weekend.

Click here to visit ASDM Beverly Hills and purchase the products I used on Chelsea.

 

Day 5 and Day 6 Post Laser Skin Resurfacing

I’m still peeling and look like a crazy red-faced MONSTER.  I’m taking photos every day, but will wait to post them until I am fully healed.  Not much of a difference day-to-day.

day 6 post laser skin resurfacing

The swelling mostly subsided by day 6, but the peeling is impossible to conceal. I can’t capture it on film and the photo makes it look manageable. It’s not. It’s intense. Very intense.

Yesterday was my 32nd birthday, and I fully expected to be ready to rock and roll; instead, I spent a solid hour trying to make myself presentable… and still had to wear a hat. Liquid foundation magnified the peeling. Aveda Dual Finish Mineral Foundation looked OK.

I asked for the extra pass of the laser, and know that long-term the extra downtime will be worth it, but having it done 1 week before my birthday was NOT a genius move. Oh well. At this point, I estimate the downtime will end up being around 2 weeks. Laser treatments help erase wrinkles, tighten the skin, even out skin tone, and also stimulate collagen, so I can expect to see improvements for up to 6 months.

I will post another update when the peeling subsides and I’m able to wear liquid foundation.

A warning about lasers and fillers:  If you use dermal fillers, get them done AFER laser skin resurfacing.  Although lasers and fillers work well in combination to combat the signs of aging, fillers are best injected 2-3 weeks post-laser treatment to maximize longevity.

 

Day 4: Post Laser Skin Resurfacing

Day 4 Laser Skin ResurfacingQuick update:  peeling, swelling (my cheekbones disappeared!) and zero pain. I stopped applying the copper peptide cream, but am using a lot of Cetaphil cream to keep moisturized.

Day 3: Post Laser Skin Resurfacing

laser skin resurfacing day 3This is day 3 post laser skin resurfacing.

I took a shower this morning and washed my face with Cetaphil. To my delight, my skin started to peel, starting around my chin. I will probably steam my face tonight to further speed up the process.

I am experiencing no pain, just minor swelling under my eyes.

I will continue to keep my skin moist with the copper peptide cream until my entire face is done peeling.

Besides the copper peptide cream, I am not using ANY products.

Erbium Laser Skin Resurfacing

Procedure Day

Yesterday I went to Masri Clinic in Birmingham, MI and had erbium laser skin resurfacing to my face.

Erbium laser skin resurfacing precisely ablates the epidermis (the outermost layer of the skin) to reveal smoother, younger looking skin. The procedure also activates collagen to promote further tightening of the skin.

This procedure removes hyper-pigmentation, superficial lines to moderately deep wrinkles with less pain, fewer side-effects, and a more rapid recovery than other treatments, such as the CO2 laser.

Personally, I like having it done once a year/once every 2 years because I tend to pick at my face, which leaves red marks. Also, I love not having to wear foundation; this procedure leaves my skin looking airbrushed. However, the results are “indefinite” if you maintain your skin with SPF and products. The typical cost for this type of procedure ranges from $600-$2000.

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The actual laser head used

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The Laser

Laser skin resurfacing treatment is performed as an outpatient procedure with the use of a local anesthetic and possibly a mild sedative. I opted out of the sedative and wish I hadn’t!  TAKE THE SEDATIVE!

My laser technician cleansed my face with alcohol, applied topical numbing medication, then covered my face with Saran wrap to expedite the absorption of the medication.

Here is the FULL 1st pass of the laser.

In between each pass of the laser (we did 4), my technician reapplied numbing cream, which was the most painful part of the process.

This video contains some unladylike language, but shows you what to expect in-between each pass of the laser.

Immediately following the procedure…..

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Blowing cool air on my face, to alleviate the burn

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Wiping off the crust on my face

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Wiping off MORE crud. Lots of crusty crud.

When erbium laser skin resurfacing is complete, your doctor will apply a copper peptide cream or some other healing ointment and instruct you to keep your face moist until it peels in 3-5 days.

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Applying post-treatment Copper Peptide cream to my face, which I will use to keep my face moist for 3-5 days, or until my face peels.

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Applying the Copper Peptide Cream

 

I will post daily videos/photos of my progress in separate blog posts starting on day 3.

Although there wasn’t much change from yesterday to today, here is my video from this morning.

Day 2.  A lot of swelling. No/little pain. Was very difficult to sleep without wiping off the cream.  My doctor advised me NOT to wash my face until it peels.

**Also, this is not a sponsored post.  I elected to look like Freddy Krueger with zero monetary incentive.