This is going to burn a little...

Yesterday afternoon, I got my first chemical peel! Recently, I've been having a lot of problems with my skin (#adultacne?areyoukiddingme?!) so after trying several (unsuccessful) treatments, my dermatologist recommended a chemical peel to kickstart the clearing process. I thought to myself, "EEK! A chemical peel covered under insurance? Someone pinch me because I think I'm dreaming!"

It really wasn't too bad. First, you wash your face. Then they apply (what felt like) a heavy duty astringent to clear your entire face from oils. Then, with something similar to a Q-tip, the doctor applies the peel itself. I have no idea what it looked like, but it felt like an astringent in texture. In the interest of full disclosure, there were times when it burned pretty bad (especially on my forehead) and I just had to keep telling myself it was all worth it lol! How embarrassing for me considering thousands of people get these everyday.

While it looks like I've been in the tanning bed for 2 days in a 10 minute (if you've ever been tanning you know exactly what I'm talking about), I can already start to feel improvement. Now I'm just waiting for the fun part - when my entire face peels. Oh - and did I mention that I have friends coming in from Austin starting TONIGHT and staying through the weekend? I'm going to look 6 different kinds of gross while they're here...

PS: how much to you want to close that cabinet in the background?


  1. Hey there! I came across your blog after researching chemical peels - I had one done this morning and am FREAKED out by the redness, swelling, and weird discoloration that's happening. Can you tell me how yours turned out and what you experienced over the days following? Thank you so much!

    1. You know, it’s hard to give specific advice without complete understanding of your situation. But the approximate duration of the redness is at most a month. So your skin had probably healed by now. But in any case you decide to get another procedure done, remember to keep your skin moist at all times. Dryness may cause cracks, which will inevitably lead to scars.

  2. Well, friends will be friends. :D It’s very likely that they'l make fun of you once they see your face in that condition. So, what are the hilarious words they threw over? Haha! It doesn’t matter now, does it? I really hope that the deep peel delivered!

  3. Having acne can lower one’s self-esteem. It’s a good thing that we can now get rid of acne with the help of dermatologists. One of the ways to eliminate acne is through peeling. Though it can make the face look reddish, as what you have experienced, the end result will be worth it – smooth and glowing skin!

  4. Using a chemical peel doesn’t provide instant results, but it will surely pay off at the right time. Chemical peels are also a good remedy for mild scarring and skin pigmentation. Anyway, how’s it going now, Matthew? I bet you’ve achieved you’re your skin goals by now. =)