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Jun 24 2010

60% Glycolic Acid “At Home” Chemical Skin Peel

Day 1- 60% Glycolic Acid “At Home” Chemical Skin Peel

Before I start I would like to say that I am experienced in performing chemical peels….I have slowly built myself up from 30% to 40% to 50% and now 60% Glycolic Acid Solution. I do not recommend anyone using a 50% or 60% Glycolic acid who has not has at least 3 prior Glycolic Treatments.  That being said, let’s get to the good stuff!

Application:

60% Glycolic Acid Peel- Application

60% Glycolic Acid Peel- Day 1 Application

I started by thoroughly cleaning the skin with SkinRxClinic’s Glyco-Lactic Cleanser. I chose this cleaner because it is formulated with Glycolic, Lactic, Citric, Malic and Tartaric acids. This combination will assist in prepping the skin for the application of the Glycolic Acid Solution. I then made sure the skin was completely dry and proceeded to apply the Pre-Peel Prep to the entire face with a cotton ball. Once the Pre-Peel Pre was dry I was ready to apply the Glycolic Acid Solution. I emptied two droppers full of the Glycolic Acid into the dispensing dish, submerged the fan brush in the solution and began to apply. You want to make sure you cover the entire face but not to the point that it is dripping or running down the skin. I started on the right side of my face at the center of my forehead and worked my way down and around my cheek and in a 3 motion continued down to my chin. I used the exact same process on the left side of my face…I started at mid forehead, worked my way down and around my cheeks and in a E motion continued down to my chin. Upon initial application I felt slight tingling and more of an irritating sensation. It wasn’t until about 2-3 minutes after application that the Glycolic Acid Solution activated and I began to feel what was an intense burning/tingling sensation but it was most defiantly tolerable. As the minutes pass the intensity increased as expected and all and I the discomfort level never peaked above a 3. I always use a 1-5 pain scale and if I get to a 4 I start to think about neutralizing, 3 is normal and once fully activated you want to stay around a 3 on the scale. After 8 minutes I decided it was time to neutralize the peel. With a cotton ball I applied the Post-Peel Neutralizer to the entire effected area. The neutralizer immediately foamed up. I used one more cotton ball full of neutralizer and rinsed my face with cool water. My face was red immediately! I mean red…red…tomato red! I did not panic because I know what to expect but for a beginner peeler this would have surely made me nervous…that is the point of this Blog to help you know what to expect before, after and during the peel process! I assumed as the day went on the red would intensify a bit more and that is exactly what happened. For the remainder of the day my face was pink and red and tender! There were however no blisters or scabs, just minimal dry, flaky skin. Now that I addressed what it looked like I’d like to tell you a little about what I felt! The skin was extremely sensitive…to light, heat, touch, water, steam. This was to be expected…..as just hours prior I applied an Acid solution to the skin! The only thing I applied post peel that night was Vital K serum. I was not in direct or indirect sunlight or I would have applied a Physical Sun Protection with SPF 30 or higher!

Day 2: 60% Glycolic Acid “At Home” Chemical Skin Peel

60% Glycolic Acid Peel- Day 1

60% Glycolic Acid Peel- Day 2

I woke up expecting the red to have died down a bit….and it did, but barely! The red faded to pink, but there were defiantly still some red areas! My skin was still pretty sensitive day 2 so I opted for SkinRxClinics Arnica Facial Wash. A gentle cleanser made for sensitive, dry or post surgery skin types. And I used this for the remainder of the 5 day peel process. Arnica repairs, calms & heals the skin and Aloe Leaf Gel is soothing and cooling…and as you can imagine this felt great on my red, hot skin! The skin was still pretty sensitive to the touch so I used extreme caution when doing anything that involved touching my face! i.e. – cleansing, applying creams and lotions, Sun Protection etc. After I woke up I cleansed my face with the Arnica Wash and rinsed with cool water….trust me lukewarm was still too hot! I then applied one pump of the Willowherb Soothing Serum and allowed that to penetrate. I followed the Serum up with the Skin Recovery Crème and then Advanced Sun Protection SPF 30. Tip: Do not rub your products on your face…use a pressing movement instead. It is less irritating to the skin as you are not rubbing and pulling at it. After I was sure my face was thoroughly covered and protected with a physical Sun Block I proceeded to walk the dog. Needless to say that did not last long! My skin was clearly not ready yet to fight the heat of the morning and I quickly turned around. As the day progressed the outcome pretty much stayed the same- pink, red and irritated…I was able to apply Mineral Secrets Ultra Sensitive Mineral Base to cover the pink and red, minerals are also healing and Mineral Secrets offer Zinc and Titanium for natural sun protection! When I got home I immediately washed my face with the Arnica Wash and applied SkinRxClinics Aloe Soothing Masque…I leave it in the fridge and apply it cold, feels amazing! I left it on for about 10 minutes and rinsed it off with cool water. I then applied the Willowherb Soothing Serum followed by Skin Recovery Crème moisturizer and went to sleep.

Day 3: 60% Glycolic Acid “At Home” Chemical Skin Peel

60% Glycolic Acid Peel- Day 2

60% Glycolic Acid Peel- Day 3

Day 3 I woke up a little discouraged! My skin looked and felt ruff, I even had a few break outs! Being that I am an experienced peeler I was aware that this sometimes happens so I decided to switch up my skincare routine. Instead of using the Arnica Wash I decided to go back to the Glyco-Lactic Gel Cleanser. I knew the combination of Glycolic, Lactic, Citric, Malic and Tartaric acids would assist in the exfoliation process without being too harsh and causing further drying of the skin.  I skipped the Willowherb Soothing Serum, and only applied my Skin Recovery Crème and Advanced Protection SPF 30. I then decided to brave the elements again and attempt to walk the dog! I wore a hat for added protection and it seemed to help prevent the sun from beating down on my skin. That plus the Advance Protection Sun block did the trick! We finished the walk with minimal discomfort (the heat was still a bit aggravating). I then proceed to apply my make up as usually. Ultra Sensitive Mineral Base & Ultra Sensitive Mineral Blush followed up with Ultra Sensitive Finishing Powder. By Day 3 you could no longer see the pink through the make-up and the only visible signs were the dry, peeling skin! Day 3 is when the peeling process really progressed. After removing my make up that evening I noticed dry, flaky patches that looked like they were dying to be peel off!!! I cannot stress enough how important it is NOT to pick the peeling skin! I know how hard it is…remember I preformed this peel on myself, so I am well aware how hard it is to refrain from picking. But you can seriously damage the skin and after going through the entire peel process you don’t want the results to be worse because you couldn’t stop picking at the dead skin!! Right? All and All my skin looked and felt pretty bad on Day 3…it was dull and lackluster, dry and peeling, with a few pimples and still slightly pink! If I wasn’t experienced in the peel process I would have been very disappointed! But I am an experienced peeler and I came to expect this.

Day 4: 60% Glycolic Acid “At Home” Chemical Skin Peel


I woke up on Day 4 with tight, dry skin. This was a pleasant change from peeling dead skin I had been experiencing the previous three days! Although the skin was dry I could defiantly see the completion was becoming smooth and clear!  This was a relief……The skin was still irritated and sensitive but it had diminished considerably, and what was once pink & red was now just slightly pink and I could tell the skin was starting to heal! I decided to continue to use the Glyco-Lactic Gel Cleanser. My skin was feeling better and the sensitivity decreased considerably. I was no longer sensitive to heat and touch, the skin had formed a barrier of healthy skin and the elements (as long as I was protected by a sun block) didn’t really bother me anymore. I knew the Glyco-Lactic Gel Cleanser helped loosen up some of the surface skin that has died but not yet peeled. This also helped with the urge to pick the peeling skin by naturally exfoliating the dead cells. I followed this up with the Willowherb Soothing Serum, Skin Recovery Crème & Advanced Protection SPF 30. I then applied my Ultra Sensitive Mineral make-up, and was out the door to walk the dog! I still made sure to wear a hat, as I wasn’t taking any chances…my skin was really starting to look good on Day 4 and I didn’t want to compromise that in any way! I was pleasantly surprised that the heat and sweat didn’t bother me like it did the previous 3 days. I went through the day with no discomfort, there were still some areas that were healing and were slightly itchy, but as far as sensitivity…there really wasn’t any I was confident Day 5 would be a huge success! I washed my face that evening, still using the Glyco-Lactic Gel Cleanser and following with the Willowherb & Skin Recovery Crème.

Day 5: 60% Glycolic Acid “At Home” Chemical Skin Peel


My instincts were dead on…I woke up Day 5 and my skin looked GREAT! It was smooth, soft, firm, hydrated…and most of all dead skin free! No more ruff, dry, peeling patches.  Day 5 I reevaluated my skincare regime. I no longer needed to heal and sooth the skin…I now wanted to maintain the results I worked so hard for. I continued using the Glyco-Lactic Gel Cleanser, but instead of the Willowherb soothing serum I used Face Firming Complex. I find the Face Firming Complex provides the best results if used alone in the AM followed by Skin Recovery Crème & Advanced Protection SPF 30. I also switched from the Ultra Sensitive Loose Minerals to my all-time favorite Liquid Mineral Foundation Base. It is hands down the best make-up product I have ever used. It offers perfect-flawless coverage, has a velvety smooth texture and is a natural sun protector. I applied Mineral Secrets Liquid Mineral Base followed by Ultra Sensitive Finishing Powder, a hint of Congo Bronzer and a dab of Pressed Mineral Blush in Ginger….and I was ready for my day. My skin looked great! Even though I have preformed dozens of peels the results never cease to amaze me! My skin looked radiant. When I returned home I again washed my face with the Glyco-Lactic Gel Cleanser but instead of using the Face Firming Complex I next applied the Bio-Peptide Concentrate to help assist in collagen and elastin production. I find the Bio-Peptide provided the best results when use alone in the PM followed by Skin Recovery Crème.

I was extremely happy with the results I obtained from the 60% Buffered Glycolic Acid Peel. I will say if I did not start with the 40% Glycolic Solution and work my way up to the 60% I would have defiantly had more downtime. I would say the peeling window would be anywhere from 7 to 10 days, and the side effects would be more sever. Instead of mild pink and red coloring and light, flaky peeling I would expect to experience extremely red and irritated skin and heavier more sever peeling. This does not mean the final result will be better, it means It will take longer for the skin to heal and regenerate and in return longer to see the actual results from the peel! Please remember: It is better to peel more often less severely, than it is to peel more severely less often. And it is absolutely essential to start with a 30% or 40% Glycolic Acid Solution and work your way up to 50% then 60% and eventually the Jessner Peel.

Products Used:

  • Pre-Peel Prep
  • 60% Buffered Glycolic Acid Solution
  • Post-Peel Neturalizer
  • Glyco-Lactic Cleanser
  • Arnica Face Wash
  • Willowherb Soothing Serum
  • Face Firming Complex
  • Bio-Peptide Concentrate
  • Skin Recovery Creme
  • Advanced Protection SPF 30
  • Ultra-Sensitive Loose Mineral Base, Blush & Finishing Powder
  • Liquid Mineral Powder Base

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