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Day 30: Feel The Chemical Burn

Posted by lizardanne, 01 August 2013 · 813 views

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I might have gone a bit overboard on the AHA.  I feel like there's no proper instruction on how much to use!  I read somewhere to use 1/2 AHA and 1/2 moisturizer...does that mean one pump of moisturizer and one pump's worth of AHA?  Because I did that.  And oh man, that was a lot of AHA.
 
My face BURNED so badly.  I wasn't sure what to do, so I just dealt with it.  Luckily, in the morning, nothing terrible had happened, but my skin is pretty red and sore today.  It looks like a minor sunburn.  Hopefully I can feel out how much AHA I should really be using with my moisturizer...but anyone please feel free to tell me!
 
I've also been pretty sensitive lately about my hyperpigmentation marks.  They're very apparent, and from a distance it almost looks like I have severe acne because my spots are just so red!  A couple of users on the forums reminded me that I'm probably noticing my red marks more because there's less active acne, which I realized is accurate.  Living under fluorescent lighting doesn't really help, either.  There are still a few tiny whiteheads on my cheeks, but they're practically falling off of my face, and not inflamed at all.
 
Feeling grateful for this progress so far, and I need to keep reminding myself that I'm only 1/3 way there.
 
Meanwhile, I'm going to submerge my face into a bucket of ice.
 
Just kidding.  But seriously, I would.




omgggggg. AHA sounds like brutal stuff. I'm debating when I should start using it...it's just staring at me on my vanity every morning and night D:

I understand, it's pretty intense O:  but seriously, I would recommend it, if you feel like its benefits would help your skin.  It's been working some wonders already, I just need to make sure I'm using the right amount.  Gonna use a thin index finger's length :)