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Help!!!!!!!!! I think my glycolic peels have scarred me!

Hello, how are you? Firstly, thank you for taking the time to read my first post! =D> I've been reading this message board for the past month or so, but I've only registered as a member this evening.

At any rate, based on some of the positive posts I've read concerning acids and their role in dissolving scar tissue, I purchased some 30% glycolic acid from PureDeming. I tried two weekly peels for four (or so lol) minutes each, and then I waited two weeks before trying my third... UNFORTUNATELY, I GET THE IMPRESSION THESE PEELS MAY HAVE CREATED ADDITIONAL SCARS??? Has anyone else experienced this? I've looked through the boards, but I haven't seen any such complaints. (I'm not saying they aren't there, but I just never managed to find any...) In fact, everyone seems to indicate that the acids have been quite beneficial, so I'm rather confused! Is there an initial period in which scars may look worse (or more appear) before your skin improves?

I had a "micro-laser peel" (not as aggressive as a CO2 or Erbium laser as it involved only three days of "down time") towards the latter part of November in which a considerable amount of skin was peeled away, and I don't know whether perhaps I should have waited LONGER than two months to start with glycolics? (I would liken the level of peeling as similar to that achieved with the "TCA Perfecting Complex" based upon what I've read about it on here.) Given the frequency with which some posters use peels (including the TCA complex), I thought I would be okay with a 30% glycolic two months later! I've also been using PureDeming's intense gel, and I believe that has a slight peeling effect as well. What's more, SOMETIMES I'm not certain whether the scars HAVE actually worsened or not... It seems sooooo much is dependent on lighting and the sheen of different products on your face (although I'm fairly certain the scars HAVE worsened or that it's created more of them...) Any thoughts?

At this point, I'm not sure whether I should "press-on" with the peels or stop using them altogether? PLEASE HELP????

Thank you for your help!

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I think it's just the impression

why do I?

becuase science puts it that scars are the remains of damage of cells or tissue ensuing an utmost stong inflamatory process or reaction with lots of purulent matter (pus)

glycolics don't generally cause inflamation or purulence (only irritation or erythema - redness) so it's virtually impossible for them to create new deeper scars or deepen the oild ones!

they appear certainly more differing from the soft and even tissue not affected by scars when the irritation is worse right after the peels

but when the irritation and redness goes away and fade, you should see a better face wink.gif

but moderation would be considered appropriate smile.gif

don't over-strain your skin without a proper specialist's supervision - your dermatologist or well-trained cosmetician (beautician in US wink.gif

in case of hesitation, consult the former or the latter but remmeber the derm is always better

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Thank you for your previous reply as it certainly sounds encouraging, but I just have one question for you...

If all a glycolic peel did was to simply "irritate" the skin, then how can it supposedly "dissolve" scar tissue in the first place? It's my understanding that acid peels basically "eat away" at tissue, whether it be "healthy" or "damaged." I was thinking that perhaps my scars appear worse because the scar and healthy surrounding tissue were somehow being "dissolved" at different rates, if you will... thereby contributing to changes in my skin's appearance. Am I wrong? I'm really confused! sad.gif

Please help???

Thank you!

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you know, it seems quite convincing what you say

I myself think of some form or reducing or removing my micro-scars scattered all over my cheeks, albeit tiny and unnoticeable at first, but annoying

but once I was making some study or "research" on it and found out that out of the possibilities out there, I am not sure if the peels without supervision are the best bet

as it comes to scar treatment, I'd rather opt for some forms of either demabrasion or laser treatment, for example microdermabrasion (it's got the word "micro" but it works almost as well as a regular one, bar maybe the treatment of the deepest pockmarks)

not only are they performed by a specialist (a guy or chick to blame in a case biggrin.gif/ or even sue if she or he screws it up sad.gif ) but they are far better and effective, and you don't need to worry then

you must also know there are numerous kinds and sizes of scars: raised, lowered, kelloids, many small pockmarks or a small number of "craters"

and each one of them is treated quite differently

peels are great when your scars are shallow, they bind to the healthy skin and consume it step by step, thus revealing evener complexion

but they are in my opinion ineffective for deeper ones (maybe even worsening the matter??)

maybe you're right that the deeper scars get even more conspicuous, I'm kinda perplexed now :-k

If I lived in some affluent country and had some extra dough off my pay, a long time ago I'd had gone to a good specialist/derm/experience cosmetician and had had it mended. But even my tane treatment last year had been cutting more than half off my monthly wages every single month!! And speak of justice!! not for everyone no sad.gif I wouldn't give a damn if I were ugly but I'm not and the scars piss me off a lil ](*,) I'm so anxious to go to the US :-#

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I have read where a handful of people have scarred themselves using glycolic acid peels. You might want to do a search. It's possible that your skin might just be looking worse right now, and maybe it will get better. I would give your skin a break and let it heal for a few months before doing anything else. It sounds to me like your skin hasn't healed from CO2 yet. I wouldn't have used the glycolic yet. But, what's done is done. If you have major concerns then please see a Dermatologist about it. If you think you have caused further scarring do not keep using the peels.

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Hi, thank you for your replies! Tamara, I didn't have a CO2 laser though... It was a "micro-laser peel" which only gave me about three days of downtime. I would have NEVER gone with a glycolic so soon after having a CO2, but I thought it would have been alright with this particular laser since it wasn't nearly as aggressive as a CO2 or an Erbium.

Raf, thank you for your post as well... as I said, I did try the micro-laser peel, but I don't feel that it really improved my scars. They looked better initially, but a of couple months (or weeks ) after having performed the procedure, they all seemed to magically re-emerge. (Isn't THAT the worst though! Your skin looks really great for a few weeks, and you think it's going to keep on improving as the collagen magically "rebuilds," but then your skin just goes back to looking the same old way... What a letdown! lol) I have also had about five microderms in my past, and apart from making my skin feel smoother and red as a beet, they, too, really didn't improve my scars much (if at all).

At any rate, I was going to attempt the TCA Cross Method tonight because I received my 50% TCA acid yesterday... I know I'm a bit freaked over acids right now, but I'm just going to attempt a few pits and avoid my "good skin" anyway... so, fingers crossed!

Thank you!

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Hi, thank you for your replies!  Tamara, I didn't have a CO2 laser though...  It was a \"micro-laser peel\" which only gave me about three days of downtime.  I would have NEVER gone with a glycolic so soon after having a CO2, but I thought it would have been alright with this particular laser since it wasn't nearly as aggressive as a CO2 or an Erbium.

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