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50% pH 2.0 Lactic Acid burned my skin

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Hi everyone,

I made a really big mistake by using the lactic acid peel carelessly.

I did a lactic peel almost 2 weeks ago. It was a 50% lactic acid with pH level of 2.0 from larachem.com.

I was doing the Apple Cider Vinegar method one week before the lactic acid peel. It was the first time ever I used a lactic peel. On the first application, I left the lactic acid on my face for over 5 minutes and then rinsed it off. The acid burned my face really bad when it was on my skin. On the second day, some areas on my cheeks were crusted, and there were 4 very large red patches on my cheeks. The lactic acid peel broke me out. I get more cystic acne and alot of white heads after the lactic peel. I did a second application of lactic acid peel on the 4th day. Now, I know I shouldn't have done that.

Although the crusted areas has already peeled off, but the red patches on my cheeks are still there. They have been there for almost 2 weeks and it doesn't look like they area fading at all. I'm afraid lactic acid had burned my skin badly and these red patches are permanent.

I am asian male 22 years old. I thought lactic peel was the safest and the mildest of all the acids and good for all ethnic skin types. But I was wrong about the claim that lactic peel will not cause redness or irritation. The reason I want to use lactic peel in the first place is to remove some of the old red marks, some shallow scars, and active acne. And now it seems like lactic acid is doing more harm than good for my face.

I sent an emailed to Richard from loganwoodskincare.com and he advised me not to use anymore acid peel in the meantime and wait at least for 1 month, apply hydrocortisone on the redness and let these burned areas to heal naturally, but he said it's going to take a very long time for the redness to get back to the same skin color. I haven't apply anymore lactic acid on my skin since then.

Right now I'm using Neutrogena's Deep Clean Cream Cleanser which has less than 2% of salicylic acid and Neutrogena's Healthy Skin Face Lotion with SPF 15 which has about 8% glycolic acid in it. Both the cleanser and moisturizer are suppose to dissolve the oil sebum in my pores and keep them clog-free. I am also applying a thick layer of Eucerin's Aquaphor on these red patches every morning and night.

Does anyone have a similar experience with lactic peel? Do you guys think these redness will fade eventually?

Thank you.

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I don't have any problems with acids, but I thought I would offer some ideas.

I have light-med olive, mediterranean skin that is oily and somewhat acne prone. It is very prone to hyperpigmentation that is extremely slow to fade.

I have lots of problems with red marks, and I find that zinc oxide helps them fade, and helps irritated skin as well (they use it in diaper rash cream).

I have never tried it, but you might also consider the amino-plex spray, lots of people seem to think it helps skin, especially after peels and other treatments.

Search for the threads on it, there are a few.

Best of luck!

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Hi Vpm,

I already tried the Desitin 10% zinc oxide before, I have also tried a pharmacy brand at 15% zinc oxide 7 months ago.

Both did not work in terms of removing my previous red marks. I think they also cause more pimples, its probably clogging all my pores.

It is also hard to remove those cream once left overnight. My face got stained with the white cream from zinc oxide, it took alot of washes to get rid of these white residue.

Vpm, do you remember how long did it take zinc oxide to fade your red marks?

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STOP usig the salicylic acid and glycolic acid until your face heald you just keep applying more acid. also NEVER put an acid you're using for the firts time all over your face, just on one area and be very very light and careful the firts time, as you;ve learned, acids can be very deceiving, you may think it's not doing any thing or burning as much but it is.

Wash gently and the redness will fade, the lower layera were affected and those will take time to heal but it will heal...

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Hi Chloe646,

I should have did a small test area first instead of doing a full face on the first peel. I'm going to switch back to Liquid Neutrogena Facial Cleanser and Neutrogena Oil-Free Moisture SPF 15. Hopefully, this will help.

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Hey,

yeah, wear sunblock and totally stop the other acids until your face has recovered..I know you're afraid of getting more breakouts but you need to give your skin a chance to heal...Use a mild bacterial cleanser with triclosan in the meantime and maybe spot treat blemishes only

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PS I once got two red patches from 30% unbuffered glycolic acid...they went away wiithin a month...So just treat your skin gently and it will settle down : )

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Hi Chloe

One month is a very long time to wait. The red patches almost covered all of my both cheeks. I looked like I got serious case of sun burned. People have been staring at me in a very strange way. Even my family members are starting to say things. Once these redness are gone, I won't feel so bad.

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Sorry you got burnt sad.gif

I agree with Chloe about discontinuing the acid products for a bit. Maybe put some spenco 2nd skin on the areas. Definately use SPF and sun avoidance until the hyperpigmentaion is gone.

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I am sorry to hear you got burned. I use that exact same peel. I leave it on for ten minutes and it barely tingles. Weird ...

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Hi Robert,

I think maybe its because of the after effect of apple cider vinegar, probably it had thinned away my skin's epidermis layer and caused the lactic peel to burn my face.

Also, I should not have left the lactic acid on my face for 5 minutes on a first time peel.

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Sorry that the zinc oxide doesn't work for you.

I had about 50% reduction in redness in about a week.

I used Burt's Bees Diaper cream.

It is messy, I get it off using an unscented baby wipe and then a gentle wash with cetaphil face soap for normal to oily skin.

The marks are still there, just pink now instead of angry red, it is helping them fade.

I also use copper peptides, which seem to help overall skin recovery, but they seem to work much slower. I have been using them for about a month or so.

I think the others are right, you need to baby your skin and not overdo any products right now.

Wear sunscreen and stay away from acids for a month at least.

Also, make sure you have enough zinc in your diet (you may need to take supplements), it helps healing and most people in North America don't get enough zinc (there isn't much in our soil). Also be good about drinking water regularly, that does wonders for healing.

Everyone's skin is so different, best of luck with the healing.

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I am going to school to be a skin care specialist, i have had clear skin my entire life maybe one or two breakouts but nothing bad. I decided to go to an extra class on the side and joined the skinkari chemical peel class to get certified in one day. in the beginning of the class she told us on new clients never use more than 20% lactic just unlit u get a feel for their skin. then she told us never do a chemical peel of any kind with someone that has very sensitive skin and or roseasa. then at the end of the class she told us how last class she had she did not pay attention to her student as they were getting a chemical peel by another student and they got second degree burns on their face, she told us she promises she will not make that mistake twice. then we begin practicing on each other and i let her know i have roseasa and very sensitive skin but she sayed that was no excuse and i needed to feel what a lactic feels like. i was last one to get the peel and as soon as the student starts i tell her i feel very uncomfortable and i ask what percent she is using, the teacher replies saying she was out of 20% and she is using 50%, she then tells me ill be fine and leaves letting the student finish on her own, i later hear that she was selling her products to other students in the class. once the student finishes with the peel i was almost in tears, she had rushed me out of class that was supposed to end at 7 it was 5 and her boyfriend had come to pick her up.i had red patches all over my face, they lasted 3 days, then i started breaking out extremely bad. the whiteheads on my face are countless, they are everywhere. i have joined back to my original class and they were all speechless to see what that class had done to me. i went to having beautiful skin to having pustules and whiteheads all over my face. in order to get a facial and see any results you need to have one once a week for six weeks. i had an acne treatment once a week for six weeks and nothing has changed. it has been so far a month and i am still unable to get my clear skin back. i am going to have to go to dermatologist to see what i can do about this.

so u are not alone. 50% lactic acid is still acid no matter how natural it is and it can still cause serious damage to your face. and beware of skinkari classes

Hi everyone,

I made a really big mistake by using the lactic acid peel carelessly.

I did a lactic peel almost 2 weeks ago. It was a 50% lactic acid with pH level of 2.0 from larachem.com.

I was doing the Apple Cider Vinegar method one week before the lactic acid peel. It was the first time ever I used a lactic peel. On the first application, I left the lactic acid on my face for over 5 minutes and then rinsed it off. The acid burned my face really bad when it was on my skin. On the second day, some areas on my cheeks were crusted, and there were 4 very large red patches on my cheeks. The lactic acid peel broke me out. I get more cystic acne and alot of white heads after the lactic peel. I did a second application of lactic acid peel on the 4th day. Now, I know I shouldn't have done that.

Although the crusted areas has already peeled off, but the red patches on my cheeks are still there. They have been there for almost 2 weeks and it doesn't look like they area fading at all. I'm afraid lactic acid had burned my skin badly and these red patches are permanent.

I am asian male 22 years old. I thought lactic peel was the safest and the mildest of all the acids and good for all ethnic skin types. But I was wrong about the claim that lactic peel will not cause redness or irritation. The reason I want to use lactic peel in the first place is to remove some of the old red marks, some shallow scars, and active acne. And now it seems like lactic acid is doing more harm than good for my face.

I sent an emailed to Richard from loganwoodskincare.com and he advised me not to use anymore acid peel in the meantime and wait at least for 1 month, apply hydrocortisone on the redness and let these burned areas to heal naturally, but he said it's going to take a very long time for the redness to get back to the same skin color. I haven't apply anymore lactic acid on my skin since then.

Right now I'm using Neutrogena's Deep Clean Cream Cleanser which has less than 2% of salicylic acid and Neutrogena's Healthy Skin Face Lotion with SPF 15 which has about 8% glycolic acid in it. Both the cleanser and moisturizer are suppose to dissolve the oil sebum in my pores and keep them clog-free. I am also applying a thick layer of Eucerin's Aquaphor on these red patches every morning and night.

Does anyone have a similar experience with lactic peel? Do you guys think these redness will fade eventually?

Thank you.

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