Date: August 28th, 2013
Cleanser: Hylunia's Facial Cleansing Lotion
Prescribed topicals: Epiduo
Prescribed oral medication: none
Other medication: salicylic acid wipes 1%, BP 10% as needed (Epiduo already contains 2.5%, a concentration that's fine for continuous "maintenance" use)
Notes: It seems I'm having a purging stage from the Epiduo. I've read that it lasts up to several months. I hope it's quicker than that! On Monday, I had a terrible experience with a Glycolic acid chemical peel. The left half of my forehead, my left jawline, both temple areas, and the sides of my nose are highly irritated, crusty, and even burnt in some areas. I guess glycolic acid isn't for me. As a result, I've had to cease all topicals until I'm fully healed. I'm treating it as naturally as possible, using Aloe Vera to soothe it as well as an oil free moisturizer for sensitive skin to promote healing. It's such a drawback and I wish I never got the peel. I can only hope that it heals fast so I can continue with the rest of my regimen.
Just an update on the glycolic irritation, tonight it started peeling. My skin was coming off in large flakes and was very uncomfortable to deal with. After some gentle exfoliation, about 95% of the flakes melted right off. I couldn't do it for too long, as I wanted to be cautious as not to irritate my already angry skin even more. It was immediate relief, and I'm even starting to see some positive results from the peel. The skin where it didn't burn is much more even in complexion, it is brighter and the hyper pigmentation has faded dramatically. I applied one pump of my moisturizer that I added a few drops of tea tree oil to, as to promote an infection-free healing process. I also applied one pump of my regular moisturizer as well. I'm still not at the stage where I'm comforterble applying topicals, as some areas are slightly raw. Fingers crossed it heals over well without any scarring!
Edited by JordanM98, 29 August 2013 - 05:20 AM.