Chemical Peel – Days #2 and #3

I’m feeling extraordinarily ugly.

I have (very) sensitive skin.

When I won a raffle for a free chemical peel, I knew I’d be peeling for a few days.

I didn’t realize how much, or how intense, the chemical peel process is.

(The only “peel” I’ve ever had before was done during a facial.  My skin “flaked” a few days later.  No big deal.)

This …?

Well, it’s a whole different ballgame.

By the night of the peel, my entire face had blistered.

My skin felt hot and burning-ish.

Apparently, some people don’t blister at all.

Hey, if anyone is going to – it would be me, right?

I have fair, very sensitive, blonde-person, skin.

I looked monster-ish with odd sized blisters all over my face.

I woke up on Day #2 and some of the blisters had popped during the night leaving “holes” in my very red face.

Chemical Peel Day #2 © SHaggerty 2013 W-1


The morning after – Day #2.

And – crusty gunk on my skin and in my hair.

I grossed myself out.


I immediately took a shower – washing my face and my hair and everything else (including my pillowcase and sheets) while I was at it.

I cancelled everything I could cancel for my Friday because my face was also very swollen.

I didn’t feel like I could subject anyone to seeing me.

Hello, I have a fat, red, face with holes in it.  Some of the holes are leaking …  Do you want to be my friend?

I hadn’t expected I’d need to go in hiding.

(Obviously, or I wouldn’t have made plans for the day.)

By the next morning (Day #3) (today – the day I’m writing this) I look worse.

I had been told I’d look bad on Day #3 so I expected it.

I woke up with brown skin.

My face is still very swollen – an unpleasant, and very unattractive, side effect I hadn’t expected.

My face also looks very wrinkled.

The “dead” dry (brown) skin on the surface of my face is “pulling” the rest of my face into wrinkles.

It doesn’t hurt, but it’s uncomfortable and feels very “tight.”

My face is a mix of popped blisters, brown skin, flakes, and fresh “new” skin.

I think my face resembles raw hamburger meat?

My face has begun to peel “sheets” in some places also.

Chemical Peel Day #3 © SHaggerty 2013 W-1

Day #3  –  Splotchy brown, and red, and flaky, and dry and ??? skin.

You can see how wrinkled my neck looks in the above photo.

It’s basically being “pulled” by the “mask” of dry dead (burnt?) skin on my face.

It’s all very weird.

It isn’t painful, but it isn’t comfortable either.

It reminds me of when I was in college and used to use a face mask called “mud.”

It would dry on my skin and feel cement-like.


This is a similar feeling just from my own skin.

I pretty much just want it to be over, and for all this gross dead skin to fall off.

It will – but I have to be patient.

No picking or peeling … you just have to let your body do it’s thing at its own pace.

On the positive side,

The areas that have already peeled have “fresh,” “baby-like” skin.

Will it be worth it?

Well, I’ll update you again and let you know …..

5 Responses to “Chemical Peel – Days #2 and #3”

  1. NSC

    Yes, it will be well worth it.
    But I think it is so uncomfortable!
    Two questions:
    1) Are you slathering on Cerave?
    2) How unconfotable is it?
    When it blisters, you may need addtional comfort. My doctor gave me Locoid Lipocream.

    Due to a skin condition, I have done this many times and sometimes you just get a worse reaction. Other times, you just peel quickly and it is done.I have to leave Effudex on over it for 8 hours and the dryness and wrinkled look is horrid!

    It is like getting a glimpse of yourself when you’re ninety!

    • Suzanne

      Thank you for the Cerave tip – I had some here, but hadn’t used it on my face post-peel. It is very soothing and I will continue to use it every day until I’ve healed. As far as the uncomfortableness, I think I’m over the worst now. If I ever do this again, I’ll inquire about the Locoid Lipocream.

      And yes, it is exactly like that –
      I know what I’ll look like at ninety now! : )

  2. Erica

    Holy Whatsit! I guess you have to sleep on your back to make sure you don’t leave your entire face stuck to the pillow if you have a restless night.

    Good luck! I really hope this is worth it. 🙂

    • Suzanne

      Well, I was only “leaking” for one night.
      I am trying to sleep on my back though.
      I usually do, I think, because my arm/shoulder hurt too much if I’m on my side.
      Yes, I hope it is worth it when it’s over too!
      : )

  3. etin

    well, that’s normal reaction as i ever seen from internet.
    i just did chemical peelings 3 days ago, until now, my skin have not peel off. but dark and felt too tight.
    a question to you,
    when you completed the skin reaction ? how many days after you did chemical peeling?


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