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Published on: 03 Aug 2011 by silence_
This morning I did my first ever lactic acid skin peel at 40% strength. I'm sure you all are thinking that it sounds painful as heck and dangerous, on top of it all, but bear with me.
What is a lactic acid:
Lactic acid is a superficial peeling agent that is derived from milk. Lactic acid exfoliates the skin, while reducing the risk of irritation and dryness. Lactic acid has been used since ancient times and is the most mild and gentle of all the alpha hydroxy acids (AHA). Because lactic acid is the most gentle it is a good option for those with dry or sensitive skin, and for those with darker skin tones. Lactic acid has been proven to be ver effective in the treatment of the following:
How does it work:
Lactic acid loosens and dissolves the glue like substance that holds the layers of cells to each other and to the underlying skin. These thick piled up , clinging cells are responsible for the appearance of rough, dry , scaly and sun damaged skin. When the glue is looseneed the outer skin is sloughed away leaving the underlying skin with a smooth, moist , and refined appearance. Lactic acid affects the deeper layers of the skin by regenerating collagen and elastin. With prolonged use, lactic acid has been found to be beneficial in improving dry skin, age spots, and decreasing fine lines/ wrinkles.
Essentially, after the first peel, I can tell you that my skin was softer to the touch, smoother in feeling and visually, and it seemed less dry. Although Being that I added a ton moisturising lotion afterwards, I can't pinpoint whether the fact that it's less dry is a result of the peel or not. During the process I followed the instructions provided with the peel as well as, instructions from the ladies who have already done multiple peels at http://www.skincaretalk.com/.
By the 2 minute mark most my body was either not feeling tingly or feeling a little tingly, so I left it on till the 3 minute- 4 minute mark, never more than 5 minutes though, since i was afraid of irriation. In case of irritation since scratching is not permitted after the peel, i had my cortizone + :3 . I didn't need to use it though :'D. I also had a pH neutralizing solution (baking soda + water mix) , I wasn't sure if i needed to use it , since after showering and taking the peel off i didn't feel tingly or anything, but i used it anyway to be safe.
24 hours of sun avoidance here i come u.u I don't want all this work to be done in vain. Essentially, I want to remove my permatan, which is a tan on top of a tan and which is unable to come off due to sun damage and poor skincare. The inner portion of my arms in other words, was darker than the outer portion which received more time in the sun. So i'm just working to remove all of that and have clear even skin :3. After 4-6 weeks of this (as recommended) and occassional salt baths, i'll see to getting some retin-a and vitamin c serum to keep my skin cell turnover rate on top of it's game and my skin shining :3.
I got my lactic acid peel from derma solutions on ebay:
This is my first ever peel, and most the ladies at skincaretalk forums recommend 40% or lower for first timers mainly because you don't know how your skin will react to the peels. Other peels are not suggested for first timers.
In conclusion : I am a happy camper. I also used some on my lips (carefully with a q-tip after reading how it seems to be a surefire alternative to dark lips) Usually, results are said to come after the 3rd peel, so hopefully i'll be able to get back to you guys with good results.
Products on my list to try soon:
Vitamin C Serum
Purifying and Brightening Nano Mask
Before starting this I was using these products:
Ambi Foam Cleanser w/ Salycic Acid as an active ingredient
( It was very good with controlling any minor and rare breakouts)
Garnier Nutritioniste 3 in 1 Renew Resurfacing cleaners ( used as a cleanser, exfoliant and face mask)
( I, essentially, have fallen in love with this product and i would be wiling to buy it again when i take a two week break from peels)
Lumene peat face mask
( The smell seemed medicinal/herbal, I don't know some people may not fancy it, I liked it, it smoothed out my skin and minimized my pores extremely well if I followed the instructions to a tea :3)
(Tightened my skin, left it not so oily, but nice and matte looking)
Biore Moisturising face lotion with spf 15
(I don't use this as much, but whenever I do, it seems to be alright; can't say if it does much for me personally)