If you have seen my other posts, you know that I have really bad hyperpigmention/melasma that lowers my self esteem. Being African American with brown skin leaves me very susceptible to these dark spots. It is really hard to treat so I feel for everyone that has to deal with it.
I have battled acne since I was 11 years old so that is the cause of a lot of my spots. My chin area and lower part of my face in general has always been darker than the rest of my face. This is not due to acne so I do not know what to blame it on.
This was my first day doing the lactic acid peel (40%) for my face and the body peel from Makeup Artist’s Choice. I have done peels before so I was not nervous or anything like that. You just have to make sure and stick to the instructions that come with the products so that you can have results.
I started with the body peel first. The areas I focused on were my upper back, chest, shoulders and lower legs. I had my husband apply the peel to my back and shoulders because it is hard to reach those areas. This tingled a little a bit but did not hurt. I left it on for the recommended ten minutes and then took a shower to wash it off.
After my shower, I got out and put regular lotion on instead of the usual glycolic acid lotion I usually use. This is because the skin needs a break from the acid. Preparing for the face peel came next and it involved cleansing my skin and using the ph prep solution (basically a toner). I ended up waiting for thirty minutes after that so that my skin would be completely dry ( you probably only need to wait ten minutes though).
I applied the peel with clean fingers all over my face. It stung a little more than the body peel did but it was nothing I could not handle. I left it on for six minutes for this first time (the company recommends 3-7 minutes). After the six minutes, I cleansed my skin and then used the ph prep solution again.
Since it was only the first day of doing the peels, I have not seen any results. My skin was smooth and “glassy” after them though. I am excited to continue doing these every week and I really hope I have good results to share soon!
I am so excited! In my other post I talked about having renewed hope that my skin can get better. I also mentioned that I was going to start doing weekly lactic acid peels. Well, my order came from Makeup Artist’s Choice already and I can not wait to get started on this new skin regimen!
The products I got
For this order I purchased 2 OZ of the 40% lactic acid peel, .5 OZ of the 55% lactic acid peel, 2 OZ of the body peels and their PH Prep Solution. I decided to start with the lowest percentage of the lactic acid peel because I have not done them for a long time and need to ease into it. After six weeks at that percentage I plan to move up to the 55%.
I want to clear up the skin on my body as well so that is why I bought the body peel. It has five different acids in it which include mandelic, salicylic, lactic, glycolic and citric. All of these hyperpigmentation marks need to go!
What I want to get next
After I get done with these two lactic acid peels, I think I will get the highest percentage that the company has of it. I will start that one after taking a few weeks off of doing the lower percentage peels.
I think that the glycolic peels will be something I use after the lactic. Even though they are not as good for hyperpigmentation, I believe that they will do something good for my skin.
When it comes to the body peel, I will probably get another bottle of it. I am pretty sure I will need more peels done after I finish the bottles I have. Hyperpigmentation is so darn hard to treat!
This is a great company
I would highly recommend checking out this skin care company. They have a lot of good products and they ship things fast. Even though not everything on their site has helped me, I will still buy stuff from them.
I think my problem has been consistency. With hyperpigmentation/melisma, one needs to really stick with a routine for a long time to get results. This is really unfortunate but it is the reality of treating this skin issue.
For a while now I have been feeling like my skin will never get any better and I should just not even bother trying to reduce some of this hyperpigmentation. Well, I have now decided to have some hope that things can and will get better!
I have been seeing stuff about using turmeric to get rid of hyperpigmentation so I decided to look up soap containing it on Amazon. I have been using it for a few days now and I am hoping that maybe it will help fade these ugly marks. There are a lot of pictures of people making masks out of the turmeric powder causing them and the bathroom to turn yellow so I definitely did not want to go that route. It still smells strongly of turmeric but I am fine with that.
I also think that I will start doing a round of at home lactic acid peels (55%) from Makeup Artist’s Choice. These are supposed to be good for hyperpigmentation. I have done them before but I would like to try again and go for a full eight weeks this time. Stay tuned for my progress with those!