Amanda’s Chemical Peel Review
My skin has been uncharacteristically broken out lately, and I’ve actually been pretty down about it. I was lucky enough to never have suffered from acne in the past, so this has been an interesting lesson for me. Allyson suggested that I do a SkinMedica Illuminize Peel to start out, because I’m not very “good” at the kind of peeling you have to go through with the deeper peels.
The Illuminize is a really light, superficial peel that doesn’t actually make you shed all that much skin. It has alpha hydroxy acids, phytic acid and salicylic acid and was topped off with some retinoic acid by Allyson to give it a boost. The retinoic isn’t always added with this peel, but I’m glad she chose to do so because I think it has given me a better result. Today is day 3 of my peel, and I’m still a little peely, but my skin is way smoother than before. The best part is that all of my zits have dried up!
This probably isn’t the peel for a more severe acne patient, but for someone who wants a quick pick-me-up, little downtime, and smoother, clearer, more rejuvenated skin, it’s definitely the way to go.