Syllacrostics - I realized that our reply's were getting quite long so I thought it might be easier for us-and other readers-if I posted a new response. That is seriously some great information! I definitely think you described the difference between hyperpigmentation and erythma perfectly! You explained it in a way that I can understand which is awesome. The next time I wash my face, I'm going to press down on the marks and figure out what I really have going on. I've never heard of the Makeup Artist's Choice brand for the peels but I like the fact that yours comes in a kit with the pH prep solution. I found a lot of good responses about the Skinceuticals brand and their lactic acid peels....do you know anything about the difference between these two brands? I'm going to dig in and research the two because it sounds like that is right up my alley!
In conjunction with your response about looking good into your 50's, I feel the same way! Haha. I plan on getting a TON of these TCA peels (unfortunately, it seems like I got the worst permanent damage to my skin from the OCM out of everyone here) and since they get rid of fine lines and everything else, hopefully the both of us will be looking young and renewed through our 50's!
What's so crazy is that my father has the most INCREDIBLE skin I've ever seen. He's 63 and looks like he's 45 because he has only the smallest and unnoticeable lines. Aside from that, his skin is FLAWLESS! Not a mark or blemish in sight. Now my mother on the hand, it's clear I've taken after her. Haha. Hopefully as I get older, my genetics will fall in line a little more with my dad's than my mom's. Here's to hoping!
Hi Smarie -
I just wanted to throw in my experience as I am almost a year since using OCM for 3 months. It wrecked my face for about 6-7 months and gave me the worst acne of my life. I have a log on here you can read if you search retin a micro and spirinolactone journal. I got it under control with those two drugs, antibiotics for a few months to control inflammation and several chemical peels and microderm with lots of extractions. I had never even had a facial previously! The acne cleared after about 4 months of use and all the red marks cleared about 6 months after. Thankfully it only left me with a few tiny shallow scars. I still use the retin a micro and a glycolic acid toner, which works wonders at clearing hyperpigmentation and getting rid of blackheads. I would say I am 95% recovered only because I feel like I still get clogged pores more frequently than I ever did before. I don't know if this is still residual from it or if I am just how hyper aware of my face (I had extreme anxiety and some depression during all this) and just didn't notice small clogged pores before, mostly in my lower cheek and around mouth area. I rarely get pimples now though. I would really really recommend you try derma rolling for your scars. I researched it a ton when I worried I might get scars from OCM and it is proving to be very successful in people with deeper scarring. They usually combine it with copper peptide or some collagen boosting serum. The idea is that the minor trauma causes collagen remodeling that will fill in your current scars after several months. There are also options with TCA cross, punch excision and subcision for really deep scars, you just need to see a cosmetic dermatologist rather than a regular one. I hope this helps and you continue to find peace and joy in life again!