A couple of weeks ago I started the process of reviewing the Jessner Skin peel that I received from Skin-Peel.com. At first, I was really nervous to try the skin peel, especially after reading the disclaimer in the instruction book:
“It is important to remember that a chemical peel is the willful application of an ACID to produce a controlled injury to the skin.”
I tried a test patch behind my ear at first, and with no adverse reactions, decided to continue the the peel on my face. I took my “before” photos and re-read the instructions to make sure I did everything correctly.
As you can see, my skin is a little splotchy with red around my cheeks and eyes. I sometimes have acne breakouts around my lips and between my eyebrows.
First, I prepped my skin by washing it and applying the pre-peel solution. Not bad. Then I took a deep breath, pumped some of the acid onto the gauze and began. Wowzah. The test patch behind my ear didn’t burn at all so I didn’t even have a fan ready for my face. Apparently, there’s a ton of difference between neck skin and face skin because my face was on FIRE.
For first time users you are supposed to leave it on a max of 2 minutes and I think I made it maybe one minute. I did two layers, waited a minute and then sprayed the neutralizing spray on my face. I left that on for 30 seconds like the instructions say and then doused my face with cold water for probably about 5 minutes.
My skin was bright red and a little tingly, but really soft and smooth. The instructions said to keep moisturizer and sun screen on at all times and for that light of application, my face would probably peel within 3-4 days.
After a few days, I had some peeling but not a whole lot. I decided that was most likely because of the short amount of time I left it on. As the peel finished, I noticed actually quite a bit more breakouts on my face, but didn’t really know that it was the peel that caused it, it could have been numerous other reasons.
I wanted to try it again, and, since I was given quite a large kit to try, I tried the peel again last week.
I did the same pre-peel process, washed my face, applied the solution, etc. This time I left the first coat on for 30 seconds, applied a second layer, and left them both on for four minutes. Worst four minutes of my life.
I neutralized the solution and washed it off. I began to peel a few days later. This time quite a bit of skin came off. I looked splotchy, and to quote my dear husband, “You look like you got in a battle with acne and lost.” It was true, My skin might have been nice and soft, but little pimples were popping up all over my face. During the peel I made sure to keep moisturizer with SPF on at all times and I didn’t wear any makeup. I think that my breakouts can safely be attributed to the peel, even though it is supposed to reduce them. My pores were unprotected and it allowed a lot of crud to get in I suppose.
Here’s my “after” picture, taken just a few minutes ago:
|As you can see, I’ve broken out on my chin and nose.|
The Chemical Peel packet claimed many benefits of the chemical peel and I found some to be true and others not at all:
- Improves skin tone, texture and overall appearance. This might be true after my skin returns completely to normal, but so far you can tell where the skin fell off and where it didn’t.
- Minimizes fine lines, lip creases, dark spots and scars. This is one that I agree with. I have noticed that my acne scars have been reduced. I didn’t really have any wrinkles or lines, maybe just around my eyes.
- Brightens dull, blotchy, uneven complexion. It definitely brightened my skin, but I’m not sure how even it is now. I think it’s about the same.
- Dissolves blackheads, kills bacteria and controls acne. I know that right after the peel all the blackheads and pimples I did have went away. It was only AFTER I started peeling that I got new ones, and a LOT more than I previously had.
- Stimulates collagen and elastin production for firmer skin. Maybe. I didn’t have super saggy skin to begin with, but I did really like the way it made my skin feel post-peel.
- Fades discoloration due to sun damage, hormones, and scarring. I DID notice that my acne scars were reduced, but I didn’t have a lot of facial damage other than that.