How To Peel Off Acne Scars Without Looking Like Samantha Jones
Have you been like Samantha Jones (below image) in Sex and the City (HBO series) where she goes for a peel before Carrie’s book party & ends up looking as red & raw as a tomato? A couple of weeks back, I followed Samantha’s stylish footsteps (she’s my favourite character btw), except that I went shopping after. Want to know the face I’d when I was doing some retail therapy?
It was my first peel. Believe me, I was apprehensive at first, I couldn’t risk having my face looking like Samantha’s on a Friday, could I?
But like what I’ve heard, one of the best ways to treat outbreaks & remove acne pigmentation is going for a chemical peel. It’s so popular nowadays that almost anyone who has acne has gone for it at least once. I just couldn’t resist trying out.
I stepped into SL Cliniv & was instantly wowed by the sterile & stylish interior. How often do you get chandeliers in an aesthetic centre? I felt like I was in good hands (top criteria for me).
Checking into one of the treatment rooms & was amazed by how huge the place is! Besides 17 treatment rooms (yes, 17!), the whole place consists of a jacuzzi, steam room, hair lab & a lounge! Can you believe it?
My treatment room, which has a heated bed, how thoughtful?
How is Medical Peel done?
If you’re seriously considering getting a peel done, consulting a well-trained certified doctor is absolutely necessary (you’d want someone professional to monitor your progress, right?). For me, I sought SkinLab in-house doctor, Dr Kelvin Chua’s advice. I was relieved that he took time evaluating my skin & asked detailed questions on my skincare regime, diet, exercise, sleep, activities etc.
He told me about my skin pigmentation, oil level of skin & how severly I’m affected by acne (more specifically, grade 4 acne).
Did You Know?
That there are 4 grades of acne?
Grade 1- Blackheads, milia (without inflammation). Commonly seen in adolescence & many people in Singapore. It’s best to treat early before it escalates to Grade 2.
Grade 2- Modearate acne consisting of blackheads, milia & papules (slight inflammation).
Grade 3- Severe acne with more inflammation than Grade 2. Now is the stage whereby the skin is reddened & nodules are present.
Grade 4- The most serious form of acne, is the cystic acne which are painful & leave scars. (Unfortunately, I fall into this category)
Summary- You may be in any of the grades, for example, you’ve ocassional blackheads (Grade 1) + only 1 cystic acne (Grade 4) but you’re still considered Grade 4.
How does Medical Peel work?
It works by exfoliating the dead skin on the epidermis (top layer of the skin) to regenerate new skin cells. In more laymen terms, the more & faster new skin cells our skin turns over, the smoother & younger it looks since the healthy cells are brought to the surface.
For oily skin people like me, you’ll be glad to know that Medical Peel controls the oil glands & dissolves blackheads & whiteheads (which are culprits for breakouts).
Dr Chua also recommended me Differin (oil control gel) as part of my skincare regime, which I bought later on.
How is SkinLab Medical Peel different from other peels?
By using gentle ingredients coupled by slowly increasing the concentration over time, it’s suitable for most people & not as aggressive (dangerous) like other doctors’ chemical peels.
What does SkinLab Medical Peel treat?
Dull skin, uneven skin tone, acne, pigmentation, clogged pores.
Smoother, brighter, more even skin tone, soften fine lines, minimize pores & reduce hyperpigmentation.
- Double cleansing + toner (A fresh face to prepare for the peel)
- Peel (Light feathering of solution to ensure it goes on smoothly, gently. I could feel a very slight biting sensation which was totally bearable & it was nice to know my therapist was with me all the way, monitoring if my skin reddens. If it does too much, she’ll remove the solution on the reddened area)
- Cold water mask (To calm my face)
- Light extraction (As my blackheads & whiteheads are now more visible & easier to remove after the peel)
- Brow trimming (If applicable. Mine was neat so my therapist told me there’s no need to trim)
- Neck, head massage
- Eye cream + sunscreen
- Massage (Again! I know, I felt so good walking out)
A quiet, private, comforting lounge (with LCD plasma TV) where you can have a moment of your own if you need some time before you step out. Here’s me after the peel:
& this was how I looked after the peel. On my way for some retail therapy. Told you, no frets:
Like you can see from my face in the photo, it’s a gentle & non-invasive peel which left my skin looking more radiant, no burns at all. I know there’s still acne on my face (that’s why I did Medical Peel plus I only tried out once. I was recommended 10 times but this varies from individuals) AND here’s what I noticed when I got home:
- No signs of redness (surprising to know since my face is quite sensitive, so phew!)
- Significantly unclogged pores (I like this part the best, since clogged pores are the culprits of acne)
- Fairer skin tone
- No down time (I was in town the whole time after the peel)
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