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Glycolic Acid Peel - BURN VICTIM or NORMAL HEALING?

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Last night I did my first ever peel, a 30% glycolic peel that I got from www.theoriginalskinstore.com. I left it on for about 1min35 sec, but neutralized it w/ water and baking soda quickly because the burning pain was too much (there was no way I was going to be able to last the 5mins recommended by the instructions, plus I had done a lot of research and saw that when doing your first peel you should leave it on for only 50 sec to 2 mins). My skin was very red in the areas that I did the peel, which was mainly my forehead, chin, and cheeks. I also noticed an hour or so later I had TERRIBLE SCABBING on roughly 45% of my face. Roughly 12 hours later, the redness had subsided from the peel, but I have so many scabs on my face right now. These are dark brownish/purplish scabs that are mainly clustered on my cheeks but there is a huge one on my jaw line as well. This is no exaggeration: IT SERIOUSLY LOOKS LIKE I HAVE FALLEN OUT OF A MOVING CAR AT 40 MPH FACE FIRST ON THE PAVEMENT. Basically these scabs look like the huge ones that you got as a child when you fell down and scrapped your knee, only they are not as thick and they are on my face and not my knee. The one on my jaw line already has a little bit of dead skin peeling 24 hours later after the peel, but I am not going to pick at it because that would most likely lead to scarring. Instead, I have put aloe vera on all these scab areas. What I want to know is this: is this dark scabbing normal and how long will it take to go away? Am I a severe burn victim? I already know that I am going to miss the majority of my classes this week due to this, but I absolutely have to attend a meeting on Friday morning.

Sorry for the huge post, but I am VERY CONCERNED about this. This could lead to permanent scarring or scarring that will take months to go away. My normal acne scars already take about 3-4 months to go away, but I'm guessing that this could take 3 times as long as that. Help. :boohoo:

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That's not normal scabbing. You do need to apply Vaseline petrolatum jelly heavily over your face for the first few days; that will help minimize scarring. And contact a doctor for further recommendations.


Take responsibility for your health; read the full prescribing information for any medication you take and understand that not all risks or potential side effects will likely ever be fully known.

=Regimen: Cetaphil Sensitive Skin Bar & Avon Anew Advanced Clinical Retexturizing Peel every day & Queen Helene Mint Julep mask weekly=
*Glycolic Acid Product Recommendations *What to do with a cyst/pimple/zit

Wynne 2.9Beta Harder, Better, Faster, Stronger

Please ask questions on the boards, not via PM. That way all benefit. Thanks!


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Coincidentally enough, I am only scabbed on the areas that I had been using Tazorac on for a few days prior to the peel. The other parts of my face had the normal reaction to the peel and did not scab. I later found out that you are supposed to stop retinoid usage for over a week before doing a peel -- I wish I knew that! I was reading about how people who used retin-A and then had their skin waxed often had this problem due to the thinning of the skin, but luckily they did not scar since apparently the scabs were on thin superficial skin. I hope this is my case too :think:

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Coincidentally enough, I am only scabbed on the areas that I had been using Tazorac on for a few days prior to the peel. The other parts of my face had the normal reaction to the peel and did not scab. I later found out that you are supposed to stop retinoid usage for over a week before doing a peel -- I wish I knew that! I was reading about how people who used retin-A and then had their skin waxed often had this problem due to the thinning of the skin, but luckily they did not scar since apparently the scabs were on thin superficial skin. I hope this is my case too :think:

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Coincidentally enough, I am only scabbed on the areas that I had been using Tazorac on for a few days prior to the peel. The other parts of my face had the normal reaction to the peel and did not scab. I later found out that you are supposed to stop retinoid usage for over a week before doing a peel -- I wish I knew that! I was reading about how people who used retin-A and then had their skin waxed often had this problem due to the thinning of the skin, but luckily they did not scar since apparently the scabs were on thin superficial skin. I hope this is my case too :think:

I'm sorry this happened, sounds like the Tazorac was the problem. I just want to recommend a cream that was developed for post-surgical scarring, and has had amazing results in helping me not scar. It's called Lisset and you can get it at www.taosherb.com.

I wouldn't bother recommending it if it wasn't worth it cause it costs $50, but if you're at risk of scarring, it can really help.

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Those brownish scabs are normal. I had them too when I did a "Tazorac" Peel. There were serious scabbing but once they fall off, there is no lasting scar or discoloration. The areas that weren't scabbed were seriously peeling and RAW as hell.

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Haha, looks like I am as prone to overreacting as I am to acne :lol: turns out the scabs fell off and healed just fine with no discoloration or permanent scarring. Plus my red marks and skin texture is much improved. I guess I just had a different reaction to the peel than most.

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i used weekly 40% peels, w/ no problems, just a little red. but i introduced retina micro into my routine, only 2 times a week. i thought no big deal. anyway, i did my next weekly glycolic peel, and it burned my face so bad. my cheeks were like one huge scab. in 2 days all the scabs fell off. i put a huge post about this in the copper peptide advice room.


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Haha, looks like I am as prone to overreacting as I am to acne :lol: turns out the scabs fell off and healed just fine with no discoloration or permanent scarring. Plus my red marks and skin texture is much improved. I guess I just had a different reaction to the peel than most.

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stop using the antibiotic ointment...you are making it worse. Straight up vasaline..ONLY for the next few days. Wash with warm water pat dry and repeat with vasaline....after a few days your face will heal and then peel. You can then use a washcloth with mild soap in gentle circular motion... no acne cleanser!!! You should have not used a 50% peel(30% or less). Do not do this again for another month or so.

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almost forgot...30+ on your sunscreen..and don't use any acne treatments for at least a week or more. you will know when your skin starts to look and feel more normal. hope this does not find you too late!

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Same shit happen to me in 2006 but done by a so-call expert in glycolic acid peels. I had such burns and hanging scabs that hurt like crazy. Its going to look and feel real fuck for the first week but it will go a way. If you feel you have to put vasiline on it but only on the burn areas and not much cause that shit can lead to breakouts.

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You will be fine- just slather the vaseline on and DO NOT TOUCH it- don't scrub it, don't pick it, don't wash it harshly. Let it flake off slowly and in a wk your skin will be normal again. Been there, done that.

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Please help! I bought tca and glycolic peel from ebay, used the 100% glycolic today by applying it with cotton, i did not dilute the glycolic acid because i have bad acne scars and wanted to get rid of them. when i applied it, within a minute my face was on fire so i washed it off for atleast half an hour to get over the burning sensation. my skin was swollen and had whie patches on it and then after 1 hour these purple bruses appeared on my face all over. looks like i've fallen out of a racing car. My face looks burnt. what do i do now? i am really upset. please help

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Please help! I bought tca and glycolic peel from ebay, used the 100% glycolic today by applying it with cotton, i did not dilute the glycolic acid because i have bad acne scars and wanted to get rid of them. when i applied it, within a minute my face was on fire so i washed it off for atleast half an hour to get over the burning sensation. my skin was swollen and had whie patches on it and then after 1 hour these purple bruses appeared on my face all over. looks like i've fallen out of a racing car. My face looks burnt. what do i do now? i am really upset. please help

Get an appointment with a derm ASAP. In the interim, apply petrolatum jelly liberally and stay out of the sun. Apply cool compresses to your face (wet a washcloth, put it in fridge to cool down, place on face.) Put several washcloths in the fridge at a time.

Do not EVER do any peel without reading and following all instructions.


Take responsibility for your health; read the full prescribing information for any medication you take and understand that not all risks or potential side effects will likely ever be fully known.

=Regimen: Cetaphil Sensitive Skin Bar & Avon Anew Advanced Clinical Retexturizing Peel every day & Queen Helene Mint Julep mask weekly=
*Glycolic Acid Product Recommendations *What to do with a cyst/pimple/zit

Wynne 2.9Beta Harder, Better, Faster, Stronger

Please ask questions on the boards, not via PM. That way all benefit. Thanks!


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thank you for replying, let me update my situation. this is the second day and face is not burning anymore. white patches have disappeared completely. what is left now are purple bruises. they are not all over the face but only at some spots. are these called scabs? do these fall off? face looks burnt right from left right and center. no bleeding, no pain , no itching. just dark spots on face.

I have been applying petroleum jelly on them. washed my face twice so far with neutral soap since yesterday. skin feels tight when petroleum jelly is not on it.

suggestions?

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thank you for replying, let me update my situation. this is the second day and face is not burning anymore. white patches have disappeared completely. what is left now are purple bruises. they are not all over the face but only at some spots. are these called scabs? do these fall off? face looks burnt right from left right and center. no bleeding, no pain , no itching. just dark spots on face.

I have been applying petroleum jelly on them. washed my face twice so far with neutral soap since yesterday. skin feels tight when petroleum jelly is not on it.

suggestions?

Two suggestions for you:

1) apply Aquaphor to your face instead of just petroleum jelly. It's available at Walgreens and/or Walmart.

2) buy some Emu Oil at a health food store and apply it at night. It should help.

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thank you for replying,

i am concerned about the purple burns. will they fall off? my skin does not look like its about to peel. its definitely dry but not peeling yet. should i use the steam bath to losen up my skin? i've been covering the burns by proactive concel that my sister gave to me.

what can i use to jump start the peeling process without leaving any scars?

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1 month ago I've done a 30% glycolic acid peel at home without any effect (quite disappointing at that moment). Today I was using a cream containing glycolic acid but at the same time some micro-crystals for exfoliating the skin. Probably I put too much effort in scrubbing or I don't know what, anyway, my face got red and burning in less then 5 minutes, I got really scary, run to the pharmacy next door, I've told the lady what stupid thing I've done and she gave me Fenistil cream ($10, producer: Novartis, Switzerland) for wounds and burns. It works really quick, the face is not red anymore, almost normal. I am in Europe, I don't know if this Fenistil is available in US too, the idea is ask for professional help quick, in my case works. (I probably neutralized totally the effect of the glycolic acid but at least I feel ok:)

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Hmm hard to believe that you burned yourself with a 30% GA peel that was on for less than 2 minutes. Maybe you applied way too much. I have sensitive skin and my skin has never been burned that bad from GA peels (40%) no matter how long I left it on.

My advice is to use lots of moisturizer day and night and try to stay out of the sun for at least a few days.

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I have had glycolic acid 70% peels and except for a slight redness which lasted only a few minutes there was no other sign at all. It was done by a dermatologist.

Your description sounds like a TCA peel?

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Simlair thing happened to me couple days ago, I have used aloe vera and vasline on my burn marks, hopefully it does not scar.

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FML I JUST USED A 60% GLYCO/LACTIC acid peel from skin laboratory and I got a burnt on the upper part of my lip and my chin!!!

I accidentally scrubbed too hard with my cotton pad when I was using water after leaving it for more than 10mins on!! SHIT What should I do :C?

I can literally see the NEXT layer of skin beneath...

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It's common. The brownish or purple thin scabbing, as well as oozing and tenderness, it's a sign that you've over peeled and a similar in reaction to what happens when you get a strong TCA peel.

Wash the skin with cool water, don't pick and keep it moisturized with vaseline, A+D or aquaphor. It takes about 3-7 days for your skin to heal, and heals best when it's kept moist.

Don't pick. Don't pick. Don't pick.

If you need to hide the scabbing after the 2nd day you can use a very neutral mineral foundation like Korres or Laura Mercier.

How do I know this? I've over-peeled with TCA, Salycilic peels and just two days ago, a 60% Glycolic (I had been using Retin-a Micro for a number of weeks).

Just be gentle and it won't scar and next time, don't leave your peel on too long.

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