It’s no secret to most of my followers that I have suffered with acne for a large majority of my 20’s. I document a lot of my acne journey on my snapchat (username: AishaBakerXo) and I have written articles about it on my blog before too (here). Read all about my skin peel experience below.
My first on set of acne was only at 20 years old and from there on I had tried everything from Oratane, contraceptives, anti bionics and mechanical peels. I’ve done microdermabrasion, micro needling, derma rolling and a lot more treatments than I can even remember. To this day I still struggle with breakouts although they have decreased tremendously in the last year. Largely, I believe, due to my hormones changing as I am now over 25, but also starting a different contraceptive (Yaz) has helped. However I think the true hero in my skin journey has certainly been regular chemical peels.
I wear a lot of make up often clogging my pores really badly. I consulted with my doctor at Skin Renewal, after being referred to her by one of my readers, and she suggested I start off with a months course of Azelan and Melanastop peels to clean out my pores and get the bulk of the naughty stuff out.
The first session was quite nerve wrecking, although I had tried pretty much everything I had never tried any of these peels before. They’re recommended for acne sufferers because combined they treat hyper pigmentation and acne itself. My dermatologist had told me that peels are essential for even complexion and general health of the skin, but still believed I should remain on the contraceptive to treat my imbalanced hormones. My therapist at Skin Renewal combined two peels to help me with my concerns, acne and hyper pigmentation (dark spots from old acne).
The Azelan peel is a quick, superficial peel, with minimal downtime, combining salicylic acid and Azelaic acid. It renews the skin by lifting dead cells off the surface of your skin and stimulating metabolism of the cells underneath. With a series of Azelan Peels you can quickly achieve substantial improvement in the appearance of acne and epidermal hyper-pigmentation, while making your skin look and feel softer, smoother, and more radiant. Acne scars and enlarged pores may become less noticeable, and acne breakouts may be reduced. (read more on skin renewal’s websitel here)
Both peels feel pretty much the same. When the therapist applies the peel to my skin it is initially cold and the scent tickles my nose a bit. She added vaseline on certain areas of the face to prevent them from peeling, like the corners of your moth and eyes. After a few minutes it begins to get very hot, not really uncomfortably hot until the end of the peel. At Skin Renewal my therapist gives me a little shoulder massage while the peel is working, to distract me from the increased heat. I may or may not have sometimes pretended it was painful for a an added head massage (Lol).
She then sprays a solution on my face , it feels like luke warm water, to remove the peel. She uses cotton pads to soak the solution and peel off my face. This part stings a little bit until the peel is completely removed.
Melanostop Peel is a combination peel used to treat difficult epidermal pigmentation and consists of Azelaic acid, Resorcinol and Phytic acid. This combination of chemical exfoliants inhibits the formation of abnormal melanin pigmentations and breaks the cohesion of the corneal layer of keratinocytes.
(read more on skin renewal’s website here)
As mentioned, both peels feel pretty much the same and go through the same procedure. My therapist did one after the other since my pigmentation before peeling was pretty bad, but superficial enough to heal with a peel (No, I did not intend on that rhyming).
Immediately after the peel my skin was not sensitive at all it just looked as if I had a regular facial. After a couple hours it was slightly sensitive when I wet my face or a cold breeze blew by but not in a painful way, just a little tingle. My skin was slightly flushed, that went away after 24 hours though! I was comfortable enough to go to the mall and do my regular things but would not go to an event the day after a peel.
For the next week my skin became flakey, this was the rejuvenation process kinda starting. My flakey skin lasted about 7 days but most of my friends have had different experiences. After the first peel you do flake for longer because your skin kinda gets excited to be shedding all the dead skin and impurities. Once I went for my second, third and fourth peel my skin was much less clogged and only flaked for a day or two.
After 2 weeks my skin looked incredible. I have never felt more beautiful to be honest, my skin glowed and my complexion was great! After about four peels my dark marks started to lighten. I have been for 4 more peels since and really love them as a little cleansing and maintenance for my skin.
Now that my marks have lightened I am seeing my Skin Renewal doctor for a follow up. We will hopefully be moving to the next stage of treatment, needling! I am super nervous about it because its pretty sore. I will write a full review once I have completed the full treatment of course!