that being said, i want to share my story.
i had a hetter peel and dermabrasion on my face to treat acne scars last march.
after the peel, i stayed inside for 2 weeks, but i smoked. i couldn't quit. i stopped smoking for about a week post-peel, and then i started smoking 7-8 cigarettes per day.
i also went for a few hikes in the summer sunshine, which i regret, because i think this is what made my skin look permanently sunburned.
my skin looked fine for about 6 months post-peel.
but now? it looks terrible.
i have fine wrinkles on my left cheek, jaw, and chin. my nose is red. all of my skin is kind of sallow, and i can tell that this peel caused mild scarring all over my face. when i go in the sun now, my skin starts to hurt and it feels like it's going to melt off.
i wish someone had stressed the importance of a)avoiding sunlight, and b)not smoking to me, during one of my many appointments with the plastic surgeon in portland, oregon. i was told to avoid smoking and sun exposure, but i was not told that i might have permanent scarring if i failed to do so. my skin looked 'normal' albeit slightly red about a week post-peel, and the doctor said everything was healing up 'wonderfully' at my follow-up.
i thought i'd share my story so that people know what can happen when you don't take care of your skin post-peel. i thought it wouldn't make too much of a difference because i was only 20, but i was wrong.
Edited by california_dreamer, 22 April 2012 - 04:27 PM.