Salicylic chemical peels are the best, most affordable method for reducing pore size. Laser peels are also a choice, but they are expensive and should be done by a professional. Any other method is just temporary or covering up the problem. This treatment causes your skin to grow new skin cells and gain collagen that is lost with aging. It can effectively help control acne and reduce wrinkles and scars. It is also a method of improving skin tone, smoothing your skin, and removing sun damage. You can go to a professional for chemical peels or you can do it yourself at home.
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Extremely gentle pore minimizer – alternative or partner to chemical peel
If you are not ready to try chemical peels. Aloe vera gel is a great pore minimizer that is very gentle. This works as an astringent to tighten pores. It is well known for being very soothing, and can moisturize and help to heal. Egg masks are very good for the skin and help tighten and firm. Combined with egg, it makes a good combination for a mask. Aloe vera can also be used as a partner with chemical peel treatment.
There is also Vitamin A (retinoid) cream, and Niacinimide (Vitamin B3, nicotinic acid combined with amino acids) cream, and skin toners to help reduce pores. There are ways to reduce their appearance through primers, makeup and setting it with face powder that is very fine powder.
When I first tried chemical peeling, I used salicylic acid that was 17%. I used this repeatedly for a few years. Then I tried a much stronger salicylic acid that was 30% and also had tea tree oil in it. What a difference that makes! I was blown away that the much, much stronger 30% chemical was a far gentler process just because of the tea tree oil. This additional ingredient results in a chemical peel where I did not even feel the burn! The entire process afterward was so gentle that it was hardly noticeable! It was also a far more effective chemical peel. I learned all this from trial and error. I highly recommend the chemical peel that has tea tree oil!
It is very important to both the healing process and soothing your skin to use a moisturizer immediately following your peel. It is also very, very important to stay out of the sun. Your skin is unprotected during this process. It is good to know that you get an additional benefit from your chemical peel of removing your sun damaged skin. This type of chemical peel is often used to remove cancerous skin.
I used 17% concentration first
The 17% salicylic acid peel did sting a little, but it feels and looks just like a light sunburn. After moisturizing, the redness goes away in a few hours. It takes me a week to go through the entire healing process. The skin starts to peel 2 days after the salicylic acid application. This chemical peel without the tea tree oil was thick and stayed put very well.
Next I used 30% concentration
With the 30% salicylic peel with tea tree oil, I do not even feel the chemical peel…and that is an amazing difference to me! The redness following disappears really fast. The healing process proceeds with much the same progress as the 17% salicylic peels did for me. It was far gentler and more subtle healing process though. You will not want to use a brush with this…it is more fluid and can splash toward your eyes. I use Q-tips for the application.
When you use straight salicylic acid, you can use water to stop the peel. When you use the one with tea tree oil, you use baking soda and water to stop the peel. The time you wish to allow for your chemical peel is something that is different for everyone. I read the advice on the instructions and reviews for the products to get a feel for the time that I wanted to use.
For your first chemical peel, I would recommend trying an amount of time on the low end. Once you have experienced that first one, you will have a good idea of what length of time is right for you and what to expect. I usually use the maximum time, I do not have trouble with it and am perfectly comfortable with the process as well. If you are comfortable during the chemical peel, monitor your time so you don’t run too long and stop worrying about limiting it to a smaller time frame.
Tea tree oil
It turns out that the tea tree oil breaks through the skin oil and dirt and better penetrates the pores. It also helps to eliminate the bacteria that contribute to acne problems. The tea tree oil reduces inflammation that the chemical peel can cause. The other botanical ingredients can also contribute antiseptic and anti-inflammatory benefits to the process. These botanicals can also help combat the drying effects on the skin.
It is best to let the dead skin separate and come off on it’s own. The best way to remove the dead skin once it is separating is to take a bath or shower. This will saturate well, then just rub your face with slightly more pressure than normal with your hands when you are washing…a washcloth may be too harsh. The skin that is ready to come away will slough off easily. You may want to repeat. Any skin that is not ready to come away will stay. Be patient, this phase will pass faster than you think. The areas that are around edges will separate first. If you have a section that is separating, pulling it off can injure the live skin where it is still connected…don’t do this.
If your skin should become dry and leathery, be careful not to have splitting of the dead skin in areas like the edge of your mouth. If this happens, it may cause a split in the new vulnerable skin beneath. Combat this with moisturizing or washing your face. If you do have an accident where your new skin is damaged while the dead skin is peeling away…don’t worry, it is just a tiny amount of surface layers that are involved in the chemical peel process. It will heal fine, it will just add a little more time to your peeling process recovery.
Time your chemical peel for a Thursday. That way you are in your peeling phase on the weekend. Pick a time in your schedule where you can stay home. Your process may have slightly different timing than mine…everyone is different. My experience can help give you the information that can help you in your own process.
I suggest that you keep some notes about your own timing. If and when you want to do another chemical peel, you will be even better prepared. The best thing to do if your skin is dry is to moisturize it well and go without makeup. If you do wear makeup, make sure you use a type that is effective at hiding wrinkles instead of emphasizing them. It works the same with the dry skin edges from your chemical peel. Make sure to have a good moisturizer barrier under your makeup.
I recommend that you do not do any other skin procedures at the same time or overlapping the time of this treatment. That would be too harsh and inflammatory for your skin. Inflammation should be corrected and avoided as much as possible. Be sure to moisturize your skin well during your healing process.
If the effect of this treatment and moisturizing afterward should cause you to start to break out, take preventative measures immediately. I like to use Proactive Refining Mask on those locations. It works really well and really fast. You may have a favorite product that is different than mine. If you do not have anything available, use an egg mask. This does not work quite as fast, but it is still fast and effective against acne.
Aloe Vera Gel
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Of all the chemical peels that I have tried, Planet Eden is by far the best.
Chemical peel with recovery cream
Chemical peel only
I have found trouble with buying these now…they are selling too well!
These are very good substitute chemical peels. I found that I did not like most of the chemical peels available. They did not have the tea tree oil for one thing, but also had ingredients that I did not like. You will find these to be great substitutes. I did the research.
This one is 20% strength
The brush for them (I prefer Q-tips)
Post Treatment Moisturizing
The Planet Eden Recovery Cream is extremely above average on the ingredients used! I am so very impressed with this cream. It has lots of anti-oxidants, amino acid, and beneficial oils. This is great nutrition for building collagen and elastin for the skin. I can see the huge benefits from using this cream. I was previously using my favorite oils and face creams.
Planet Eden Recovery cream
Here is the ingredient list for the Good Earth Recovery Cream: Organic Herbal Infusion, Organic Barbadensis Leaf Juice (Aloe), Pelargonium Gravolens (Geranium Distillate), Isopropyl Palmitate (Palm Oil), Organic Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower Oil), Kosher Vegetable Glycerin, Glyceryl Stearate, Octyl Palmitate, Stearic Acid, Organic Cocos Nucifera (coconut oil), Organic Carthamus Tinctorius (Safflower oil), Theobrama Cacao (Cocoa butter), Cetyl Alcohol, Potassium Stearate, Organic Beeswax, Amino Acid Blend (Sodium L-Pyrrolidone Carboxylate, Sodium Lactate, L Arginine, L-Aspartic Acid, L-Pyrrolidonecarboxylic acid, Glycine, L-Alanine, L-Serine, L-Valine, L-Proline, L-threonine, L-Isoleucine, L-Histidine, L-Phenylalanine), Organic Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba oil), Butyrospermum Parkil (Shea butter), Calophyllum Inophyllum (Tamanu Oil), Organic Borago Officinalis (Borago oil), Linum Usitatissimum (Flax seed oil), Organic Oenothera Biennis (Evening Primrose oil), Organic Rosa Canina (Rose hip oil), Panthenol, (Vitamin BS), Xanthan Gum, Cassia Angustifolia Seed Polysaccharide (botanical Hyaluronic Acid, Organic Avena Sativa (Oat), Boswellia Serrata (Frankincense Essential oil), Wildcrafted Arnica Montana (Arnica), Organic Lavandula Angustifolia (Lavender), Organic Calendula Officinalis (Calendula), Organic Anthemis Nobilis (Chamomile), Vitis Vinifera (Grapeseed Oil), Macadamia Integrifolia (Macadamia nut oil), Wildcrafted Camellia Sinensis (Green Tea), Vanilla Planifolia Essential Oil, Citric Acid, Sodium Carbomer, Phenoxyethanol, Ethyl Hexyl Glycerin
I have a page about Post Treatment moisturizing choices. You can learn the advantages and issues for each one.
These are my personal favorite oils that I use, all very highly rated:
Grapeseed oil, Sweet Almond oil, Lotus oil
These are are other oils from the list that are best sellers on Amazon:
Tea tree oil, Rosehip oil, Lavender oil, Coconut oil
These are great oil sets that you might like to try:
1st kit has Grapeseed oil, Coconut oil, Avocado oil, Sweet almond oil
2nd kit has Jojoba oil, Avocado oil, Sweet almond oil
Keep in mind
Do not perform chemical peels, dermabrasion, or microneedling treatments if you are sick, feel unhealthy, or feel that your immune system is compromised or weakened. Do not perform chemical peels, dermabrasion, or microneedling treatments if you have problems with bleeding or thin blood, or cannot handle pain at the level of a light sunburn. You must keep your skin clean and protected while it is healing. Everything I have read says that salicylic acid peels are safe for dark skin, but if you are unsure, check to be sure that they are not a problem for you. Do not perform a chemical peel if you are using Isotretinoin or Acutane for acne
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