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Using an At-Home Mandelic Acid Peel



Sound terrifying, right? Just something about the words "acid/chemical peel" and "face" together just makes me envision a burn victim or something.  It actually went fine.  Surprisingly fine (well, I guess not surprisingly, since I read a lot of reviews about doing mandelic acid peels at home, and made sure I knew what I was doing.)
So WHY a mandelic acid peel? Well, a few weeks ago, as I was staring at my oodles and oodles of closed comedones on the side of my mouth, I remember thinking back to when I had the same problem on my forehead.  I got sunburned, and when the skin peeled off, my forehead was much more smooth and nicer.  So, I started reading up on chemical peels for acne.  It's probably one of the ONLY things I have not used in an attempt to treat my acne.  After much reading, I decided that mandelic acid was the best fit for my skin: it's very mild, which is great for sensitive/dry skin and it helps with closed comedones.  PERFECT.  I ordered a bottle of it from the website Makeup Artists Choice and waited for it to arrive.  (I will also say, this website has good customer service, so if you have any questions about what you're doing, you can email them and they will help you out.)
First, I did a test patch on my arm to make sure that I wouldn't have a reaction to the product.  Three days later, nothing happened, so I decided to put some on my face.  Now, I will stop here and say, if you are going to do this, you have to stop all other acne treatments and exfoliation at least 24 hours beforehand.  I made sure to do that, and then I just applied the peel along the right side of my face, where I have some blackhead issues.  I figured if I had a reaction on my face, at least then it's only in one spot and not the entire face.  You apply the peel with a q-tip: you just dip the q-tip in the bottle and then spread it across the area.  Wait three to five minutes (I waited three) then rinse it off well with soap or whatever cleanser you use on your face.  It did not burn or tingle while it was on, and I had no adverse reactions over the next couple of days.  I had a bit of mild peeling (just the slightest) but that was it.
So, three days after that, I decided to take the plunge and put it on the areas around my mouth that have the terrible closed comedones I am trying to hard to get rid of.  I've been using Tactuo around that area for about a month now, and it has been working, just very slowly.  Well, after applying that peel, it definitely  got things.. erm... moving, so to speak.  The comedones have FINALLY began to come to a head.  I got two or three on one side of my face, then they began to heal, then got two or three on the other side of my face, and now those are healing, and now more are coming to a head.  FINALLY.  So, I guess this product is excellent for purging your skin, just be sure not to do it right before you have to go somewhere where you have to look like a human being.  I hate the fact that every single little bump on my face has to turn into a full-blown zit and make my skin look WORSE, but it always seems you have to make your skin worse before it gets better, in terms of fighting acne.
As of now, the comedones are roughly 75% cleared out on the right side of my face, and about 50% on the left side.  Which is great.  It's nice to finally see progress, especially after a month of just getting a random spot here and there, but still having so, so many whiteheads everywhere.  I think I will continue to use the peel every ten days or so until all this nonsense is cleared out.  Then I may continue to use to it maintain my skin, but we will cross that bridge when we get to it.
The rest of my face is doing well.  I recently changed around my skin care routine.  After months and months of denial, I finally decided it was time to say goodbye to the Cerave cream.  The moisturizer and face cleanser is great, but the cream, not so much.  It most definitely gives me closed comedones.  Don't know why, it's not supposed to, but after reading on the internet, it apparently does this to a lot of people.  And with how dry my skin has been this winter, I need a heavy cream for my face.  I ordered a facial cream from a company called Era Organics, and it's aimed towards eczema mainly, but it says it's good for all skin types/conditions.  So far, it's been good.  I also stopped occasionally using my Burt's Bees cleansers.  There's something about Burt's Bees products that also give me closed comedones like crazy.  I don't know why I keep buying their products, I think it's because their eye cream is so great, I just think all the other products will be too, but it turns out that it not the case.  Anyways, the whole point of this long-winded paragraph is that I have hopefully gotten rid of the products that were contributing more to my clogged pores.  So far, so good.


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