I recently embarked on a new journey to improve the health of my skin, and daringly enough I’m documenting the experience for all of you to see the results. I’ll be titling this series of blog posts: Skin Diaries. Where I’ll be trying a new product and bringing you along for the joy ride so that you can see firsthand how I product is working for me in the event that you may want to try it yourself.
The first product I am going to be vlogging and blogging about will be a product of the world-renown Obagi skin systems, they’re Blue Radiance Chemical Peel. Before I talk about what chemical peels are and what they do for the skin I highly advice anyone interested to get the FACTS first, and do your research! There are many things to consider when trying a new type of product, but mainly you need to investigate what it is YOUR skin needs. Chemical peels are a treatment used to lift all of the old and dead skin of the face to reveal a newer, softer, refreshed layer of new skin underneath. A chemical solution is applied to the face for X amount of minutes, depending on what type of procedure you’re receiving. The process is usually pretty fast and usually the days to follow will be an excessive amount of shedding of the face to reveal the new skin underneath.
Some might ask, why would one want to do this? Well that all depends, once again, on you and what your skin concerns are. I NEVER peel. It’s just something my face does not do. And exfoliating will only go so far and is a slow and progressive process. So needless to say this face has a LOT of old built up dead skin, hyperpigmentation (markings left behind from pimples), and some minor discoloration. If I had to rate my skin from 1 being the worst in condition and 10 the best, I’d give it a 7. Occasionally I do get a few breakouts, but for some reason pimples never really bothered me. It was the marks they left behind that bugged me. Notice how I say marks and not SCARS. Scars are much deeper than hyperpigmentation marks, and are more severe. Acne marks are just dark spots, whereas scars are actual tissue damage and are sometimes pitted or have a texture to the touch. But like I said, my main issue has been a few acne marks I have acquired.
Obagi products were by no means new to me and I’ve heard a lot of great and bad things about his system. Ultimately as with ANY product you must proceed with caution, use good judgement, and listen to what your skin tells you! I felt confident with the information I’ve gathered in the year I’ve heard of his products to push forward and try my second time at getting a chemical peel. The first peel I tried about a year ago was not Obagi, but worked okay for me and now I am trying at this with the Obagi system, every 2 weeks as advised, I will be receiving the peel. The process is a total of 6 weeks, but being that my skin issues aren’t that severe I’m going to try 2 or 3 sessions and see what results I get from there. Join me as I will be documenting the progress of this for the following month!
This is what my skin looks like as of now, Day 1, let the games begin!