A few days ago, I shared with you that I indulged in a chemical peel (if one can call a controlled burn an “indulgence”). Upon first application, the glycolic acid tingles and itches a bit. My skin turned pink and then the inflammation more or less subsided within an hour or two. The next day my skin looked great and much improved. The stubborn bitch of a spot flaked away. I couldn’t have been more pleased. The third day brought on a challenging set of problems. All over light peeling and flaking left a splotchy and undesirable canvas for makeup. I turned down a highly enticing lunch date because I felt so self-conscious. These awkward, un-phenomenal face moments are the price one must pay to hopefully achieve clearer and more even texture once all that old skin is gone. Timing is everything. Remember that while the recovery period isn’t very long for most of these peels, there are a few days that you won’t look your best before the optimal results emerge.
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