What to do when you do a chemical peel and you have no frosting.
This happened to me and I was like is my skin going to peel. Well, I did a peel and had no frosting.
I decided go ahead and do the "normal" process listed above. And guess what, my skin started to peel on the 2nd day.
How to ensure that you peel, last week I did a peel and did my prep differently. The mistake I made was I washed my face, and did not do the peel for like 30 minutes or so.
SO this time, I did it differently, I washed my face, do not wait, then I did my alcohol wipe of my face, and then did the peel. My skin did frost.
So remember this tip, don't wait a long time between washing your face and doing the peel.
Please see my updated chemical peel tips, I have hyperpigmentation so I am doing "spot" treatment peels where you apply to specific areas. Also I have learned through trail and error that keeping the skin moist after the peels and constantly wetting the skin can accelerate the peeling process.
You will notice CAPS below, this was pasted from my own notes so I am not shouting.
*** Please know, these are my tips, please do not apply over 12% TCA peel to skin without caution. I did and I found it did not work as well as lower strength peels applied in multiple layers.
*** Do not apply a peel if you do not have at least 2 days available at home to make this successful. You need to be able to constantly wet the skin via clean water, not pool or beach water. You need to stay home at least 2 days not the entire day but part of the day to be able to wet your skin at least 5 times.
** The tips below are my steps that I created for myself when I realized that some peels came out better than others. So I started to write down, why..what did I do differently. When I have skipped steps or did not wet the skin as much it took much longer to peel which made me not be able to leave the house.
What you will need before you start your peel - peel, q tips, aquaphor or store brand of aquaphor. You are patting a small amount in the skin not too much.
Where do I get my peels - platinumskincare..dot..com
DO YOUR PEEL ON A DAY THAT YOU KNOW YOU WILL BE HOME ON THE NEXT DAY. For example - FRIDAY PEEL THEN HOME ON SATURDAY and Sunday. The days are not specific for Fridays but I am using the weekend as example days so you can understand. I can be any two-three days in a row.
What days can I go out after the peel?
Friday (2 hours after peel - with no makeup, to movies, club, dinner, NO GYM - you could even go to work. Your skin will look normal just no makeup and wait until redness goes away.
Saturday (after first shower before the peeling starts, no gym, don't want sweat toxins on skin) Running to store, drop off kids, if your skin requires NO MAKKEUP.
Sunday - stay home - peeling in full effect
How to apply peel:
• WASH FACE FIRST, LET IT DRY - do not apply any type of cream, lotion, etc.
o USE Q TIP, LET SATURATE WITH PEEL LIQUID, SPOT TREAT (IF you are doing for hyper. if not then wipe over your entire face in a windshield wiper motion)
o WATCH FOR FROSTING
o WAIT 10 MINUTES BETWEEN APPLICATION IF APPLYING 2ND/3RD LAYERS
o HAVE YOUR FAN READY AND PLUGGED IN, YOUR FACE MAY START TO FEEL WARM AND THE COOL BREEZE, MAKES IT BEARABLE.
• AFTER FROSTING, RINSE OFF WITH WATER
I wait about 5 minutes after rinsing to APPLY VIA PATTING INTO SKIN, A SMALL AMOUNT OF EMU OIL, AQUAPHOR. PAT INTO SKIN DO NOT RUB....
DO NOT APPLY RETIN A, SKIN PRODUCTS, MAKEUP, TONIGHT.
You can leave the house in say 1 hour after the redness tones done to go to the movies, or something light,out to eat...NO GYM...wear you will sweat, no dancing where you might sweat.... do not apply any kind of makeup to the skin, lipstick yes, even eye shadow if you must..but no cream, foundation, MAC finish powder, mineralized skinfinish, BB or CC Creams (NOTHING)
NEXT DAY – SATURDAY
I get up and take shower, normal cleaning body shower then every 2 HOURS - 7:30, 9:30, 11:30, 1:30, 3:30 go back in the shower to get your face wet. You only need to stay in the shower for like 5-10 minutes, not cold water not super HOT, just warm water to your comfort.
Let the shower head run down on your face, the constant water speeds up the peeling process. TO be effective, the shower water falling down on your skin is more EFFECTIVE then just washing your face in the sink. I don't know why but it was for me. I think it is the angle of the water flow and I can confirm 1000% that When I did not do this step, the peel process was longer.
**TIP, I set an alarm to go off every 2-3 hours to remind me and I would also write down the times and check them off upon completion so I knew which times I went in the shower.
After the first shower where I used soap to bath, the remaining shower are just standing in the shower and letting the water run on your face for say 5 minutes, you don't need to keep using different towels to dry off, after each shower put towel over tub rail.
AFTER EACH SHOWER LET SKIN DRY FOR 15 MINUTES, THEN APPLY AQUAPHOR TO KEEP SKIN MOIST (small amount, and pat in skin - you are not rubbing the skin)
AT NIGHT before bed - WASH FACE (with mild soap to remove aquaphor) WAIT AT LEAST half an hour APPLY RETIN A – if you have but USE .05 gel NOT THE STRONG RETIN A 0.1 retin A. If you don't have Retin A apply NOTHING AT ALL.
SECOND DAY – SUNDAY – DO SAME STEPS AS ABOVE
MONDAY - THIRD DAY – WAKE UP AND TAKE YOUR NORMAL SHOWER, LET THE WATER RUN ON YOUR SKIN. THE PEEL SHOULD BE DONE, you might see some peeling in small areas. do not peel the skin.
If skin is peeling pat in lotion, I try and be off on the Monday after my peel. But you don't have too.
Monday night - apply some kind of fade cream on face. Sometimes after a peel the skin will darken in that spot (not much) but it can happen so to counteract, I put on a fade cream in the area where it peeled for at least 4 nights.
Edited by sunshine321511 - Apr 06 2015 at 8:16am