(Closed) Chemical peels anyone????

posted 7 years ago in Beauty
  • poll: Would you have a chemical peel done before your wedding?
    No way! : (11 votes)
    46 %
    Heck yeah! : (10 votes)
    42 %
    I'm not sure... : (3 votes)
    13 %
  • Post # 3
    Member
    1667 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: May 2011

    haha, no, your face will not melt off. I get them done about every 10 weeks. If you get a mild peel, it basically feels like ichy wool on your face for a few minutes. You may experience temporary reddening, itching, and even for some people, slight peeling. i don’t get any of those symptons.

    Don’t get one any closer than 2 weeks before your wedding, your skin needs time to recover. And definitely don’t go for a strong peel the first time, you need to see how your skin reacts. The peels really help to even out skin tone and texture and give you more of a glowy complexion

    Post # 4
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    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: July 2008

    I had one once, and it was pretty great. I stopped going because the local news did a special on this clinic that was having people who were not certified to do them. The women they were interviewing had chemical burns all over their face. It scared me out of getting them. I ended up investing in a clarisonic brush.

     Make sure the clinic is having people who are trained do the procedure and I guess there are different levels of chemical. Start on the lowest and work your way up. The results are pretty amazing.

    Post # 5
    Hostess
    11246 posts
    Sugar Beekeeper
    • Wedding: June 2011

    @magicpotato: No I wouldn’t. I just think of Samantha from SATC when she had hers!

    Post # 6
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    4137 posts
    Honey bee
    • Wedding: May 2011

    i’m scared of them. remember that sex and the city episode where samantha gets one, and then her face is super red and gross looking? yeah.

    Post # 7
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    Honey bee
    • Wedding: May 2011

    @CatyLady:haha great minds!

    Post # 8
    Hostess
    11246 posts
    Sugar Beekeeper
    • Wedding: June 2011

    @kitzy: Hahaha. I could feel her pain.

    Post # 9
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    11325 posts
    Sugar Beekeeper
    • Wedding: February 2011

    I got one done! Although it wasn’t really planned/intentional. I have a lot of trouble with dry/flaky skin so I made an appointment the Wednesday morning before my wedding for a normal exfoliating facial hoping it would improve things for my Saturday wedding. Once I came in and spent a while talking to the aesthetician she recommended a 40% glycolic (sp?) acid treatment. I’ll be honest. I was SCARED. Especially because it hurt pretty badly. But she assured me that even if I was red afterwards it would go away by the wedding. It ended up working out great. I wasn’t red at all and my skin has NEVER looked better. I even bought a less-potent at home version to do myself once/week and I plan to go get it done at the spa at least a couple times/year. 

    Post # 10
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    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: October 2011

    @CorgiTales: wow! this totally gives me hope! I have the SAME problem as you. My skin is so dry, and it peels and flakes. Doesn’t matter what kind or how much moisturizer I use, or how often I exfoliate (I also don’t over exfoliate), my skin just HATES me.

    One of my biggest fears is that I will wrinkle sooner than most people, because I heard the drier your skin, the faster you wrinkle, the oiler your skin, the less wrinkles you’ll get. Scares me so much!

    I would just be worried about long term effects of chemical peels?

    Post # 11
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    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: April 2010

    Peels are great… But I would strongly suggest booking a consultation with a dermatologist and having him oer her do the procedure rather than going to a spa.

    10 days before the weeding is a bad time to discover that certain acids make your face look like raw meat.

    Post # 12
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    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: October 2011 - Tre Bella, Mesa, AZ

    I used to work at a spa, and the girls who got them done would have major redness, then peeling on their face following it. Definitely follow @ktisthatbees‘ suggestion and don’t get it done too close to the wedding. That said, I’ve never gotten a peel, and if I was going to start a skin regimen, I would have a consultation with an esthetician before booking anything. Different treatments do different things based on your skin type and goals. Peels can remove wrinkles or age spots, so can microdermabrasion, but peels are really harsh. If you’re just looking for glowing skin, a round of regular facials before the wedding might be all that’s needed. But any treatment 1× right before the wedding is a bad idea since it can break you out or give you unexpected results.

    Post # 13
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    11325 posts
    Sugar Beekeeper
    • Wedding: February 2011

    @.twist.: yea i have had ongoing issues with this. I used to wash my face with face-wash that had the little exfoliating beads in it and also do scrubs a few times/week + tons and tons of moisturizer and it just never really seemed to get me where I wanted to be. I went to a dermatologist a few months before the wedding who suggested that I was doing too much and actually irritating my skin more by scrubbing at it so much, causing it to grow skin faster and thus making the flakiness WORSE! ugh. So she recommended I switch to cereve face wash and moisturizer (both are over the counter but you have to get them at the pharmacy window), and wash my face with a wash cloth rather than my hands… but discontinue any scrubs. That definitely improved things after maybe 2 weeks, but I was still having flakiness on my nose and around my mouth, which is why i booked the facial. As it was explained to me, the glycolic acid peel is actually better for your skin than scrubbing at it because it just dissolves the dead skin rather than ripping it away from the healthy skin. They only leave it on for about 90 seconds and it does burn but my skin has never been smoother!

     

    ETA: After reading other responses I don’t know if what she did to me was a real peel??? but maybe just an acid treatment??

    Post # 14
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    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: September 2011

    I love this post!  I actually have an appointment with my dermatologist on Monday to talk about planning treatments over the next 5 months to get my skin in tip-top shape.  I hate to say it, but I still have acne issues in my 30’s and I am strongly considering a peel due to this, as well as the old scars from when I was in my teens.  This post gives me hope that meeting with my derm this early on, and getting some treatments scheduled will ensure great skin on my big day.

     

    I totally agree with other posters to have a consultation with a certified estitician or a dermatologist, and then book your treatment, and don’t do it too close to the wedding. 

    Post # 15
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    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: October 2011

    @CorgiTales: Hm! Interesting. Clearly I might be doing too much. I find putting make up on so frustrating. Foundation + flaky skin = GROSS. and Yea, I’ve tried so many skin care routines, Clinique (the best so far), vichi (smells like old lady), Beauticontrol (the worst so far but smells the best), Neutrogena, the list could go on.

    I may have to visit a dermatologist and see what they suggest. Thanks for the info!!!

    Post # 16
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    1077 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: April 2011

    They can be great.  Don’t waste your money on anything other than a real, medical-grade light peel administered by a Dr. or nurse in a physician-supervised facility.  The rest is mostly placebo and a good rub that you can do for yourself at home.  

    If you get a real peel (like 20% salacylic acid) I would say plan on TWO before your wedding…one at least 2 months out so that you can see you you react to it, and one a monthish (depending on what happened w/ the first one) before you ceremony.  The nurse that does it can neutralize it if you start to get too red.  I peeled like a good sunburn after my first one, but the difference in my skin (fine lines, apparent dryness/looseness, uneven tone (spots), pore size, and breakouts) all looked better.

    I did many things to my skin before my wedding that perhaps only I would know to even out the blotchiness that had developed over the years and get rid of the broken red blood vessels throughout it (also developed over the years), but nothing that altered the shape of my face and creates that “worked on” look.  Since they were things that I personally was self-conscious about, I felt really good about getting them done, and I’m still enjoying the result.  If you don’t care, there is no point.

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