I can’t believe I’m posting really TERRIBLE photos of myself on the Internet.
(And at the same time, trying NOT to leave my house so no one sees me!)
On Chemical Peel Day #4 I’m happy to report I’ve shed a fair amount of skin – which is the whole point, right?
My face is still BRIGHT RED.
You can see me coming from a mile away.
(I had tickets to Wicked on Saturday night. I went. I was embarrassed. I am too peel-y to wear makeup so I couldn’t disguise my face. Instead, I tried to hide my face – a difficult thing to do. It was an awesome show, but it has really been my only public outing since the peel.)
I’m very splotchy (spotted?) … some areas have peeled and some have not.
And no, I haven’t attempted any makeup or photoshop on these iPhone photos I’m sharing.
Splotchy, wrinkled, burned face: Day #4
The areas that initially blistered are “rawer” red than other areas of my face.
I hope that doesn’t mean I end up with “uneven” coloring once this is all done.
(That’s my biggest concern – the blistered areas peeled much deeper than the rest of my face.)
What do I dislike most about this post-peel thing today?
My eyes are SO puffy … I feel like my face is very distorted.
(You can see in the above photos – I’m swollen from the inner corners of my eyes out. I look like a monster??)
Of course, it makes sense to have swelling with any type of burn.
I just hadn’t thought about that aspect pre-peel.
Also, I look ancient because my skin is dry and pulled every which way.
On the positive side, as more and more skin “sheds” I become much more comfortable.
My face felt uncomfortably “tight” yesterday, and much less so today.
I have learned a few things through this process:
1) Everyone’s body reacts differently to a peel – my process is not necessarily your process.
2) The person who told me ahead of time “it’s just like a sunburn” was WRONG. It is (at least, for me) much, much, MORE.
3) Saying there is “no down time” with a chemical peel is incorrect. I don’t feel like I can go out in public so I’m definitely having “forced” down time. If you’re considering one, I’d suggest doing it at a time when you can “hide” for up to a week post-peel. (Maybe right before a big blizzard or something?) I think it’s important to have accurate expectations going into something like this. Maybe your process will be easier, but it’s better to expect the worst and be pleasantly surprised rather than vice versa.
4) Cerave Lotion feels better on my face than any of the post-peel lotions/potions I was provided with. (Thank you to a reader for suggesting it!) It’s my favorite day-to-day moisturizing lotion anyway. My dermatologist recommended it years ago. I hadn’t thought to use it on my chemical peeled face … but it is VERY soothing. Yay!
5) Showers are key. I’ve been taking two showers a day. Letting cool water flow over my face feels good and helps remove some of the dried/dead skin.
I don’t think I would have ever done a chemical peel if I hadn’t won one in a raffle. It just wouldn’t have occurred to me.
I definitely didn’t know what I was getting into when I showed up to get it done.
I am starting to see why my skin *might* end up with a pretty result.
Maybe I’ll be pleasantly surprised and start looking “normal” soon?
Right now, based on the swelling, redness, and splotchiness –
I think I’m going to be pretty ugly for at least a couple weeks.
Today, however, I have to get back to my “real” life.
That means, being out in public.
Ugly or not, here I come!!