Every woman deserves to feel beautiful, and flawless skin is the foundation of beauty. That is why I strongly feel that women should not use make-up as a crutch, and start taking care of their skin underneath. Me personally, I invest a lot more in my skin care products than I do my make-up, but that doesn’t mean I don’t like to experiment in my make-up stash! I still love to create looks using my M.A.C, Revlon, NARS, and E.L.F. But wouldn’t it be nice to walk in public without feeling self conscious about your skin? Wouldn’t you love to finally have a cost effective product that could make up for the other treatments that never worked?
Chemical peels are an effective way to deeply exfoliate the skin to help peel off the layers and get rid of acne, scars, fine line, wrinkles, etc. With ethnic and darker skin tones, however, some dermatologists recommend certain types of chemical peels that may only help depending on the person’s skin type and condition. Many simply do not feel comfortable treating darker skin with the stronger chemical peels like TCA- which helps with removing acne scarring- since darker skin is more prone to keloids (raised scars). Using a chemical peel like that on dark skin could cause further damage if used improperly, a risk that a dermatologist isn’t willing to take.
So, what exactly is safe and effective for darker problem skin?
Mandelic acid is derived from bitter almonds, and is an excellent alternative to glycolic acid, which can cause some discomfort when applied- especially if you have sensitive skin like me. The salicylic acid helps those with acne, hyper-pigmentation, uneven skin tone, fine lines, and acne scarring issues. When you combine both of these acids, you have a product called the Mandelic / Salicylic Acid peel (15%) that can handle the above mentioned skin problems, and is one of the few combinations of acids that is safe and effective to use on brown skin!
I decided to buy the peel from an online site called Make Up Artist Choice. I was happy to see that they offered samples of their products for a low price, plus I did some research on the ingredients, so I gave it a shot. I mean, I tried everything under the sun, and everything failed to deliver the results. Now, I very rarely write reviews on products, but when I say this product exceeded my expectations, I was not exaggerating. This product is wonderful because it is all natural- and it actually works. No amount of words can express my satisfaction!
Just to give some back story on my condition: I have dry and sensitive skin that gets worse as the seasons change. This product drastically reduced the appearance of my spots and would stop acne in its tracks. Whether you suffer from hyper-pigmentation, scarring, acne -or all the above- it only takes about 4-5 days for you to see improvement in your skin! Of course, you have to keep doing this over time to get the best results. I have been using this for about a month now, and my skin has done a complete turn around.
The actual application of the acid varies, but for me, I felt a slight burning (but tolerable) sensation. After about 5 to 8 minutes, the area where I applied the acid began to “frost”, or turn white. This is normal, and it lets you know that it’s working. In about 3 days, the dead skin peeled off! If you have less sensitive skin, you may experience a “warming” sensation, or slight tingling. Some people will see actual peeling of the skin, while others will just notice the excellent exfoliation benefits and a brighter, more glowing skin tone.
Post peel care is vital to maintain the results from your treatment. Don’t even think about doing any type of chemical peel without using a sunscreen of at least SPF 30+, even in the winter. Not doing so could irritate the fresh and delicate skin from the peel, and all of your hard work (and money) would go down the drain! Use Neosporin, shea butter moisturizer, and drink lots of water to stay hydrated. Doing this speeds up the healing process and makes the dead skin slough off with no problems.
You can go to the makeup artist choice website to check out their selection of products. You may order a sample of the peel from their website for about $9, plus free shipping. I have finally found something that works for me, and wanted to share the wealth. I am happy that I didn’t have to spend a huge amount of money at the dermatologist’s office to do a procedure that I did on my own vanity table.
Oh, and MUAC, you have earned a customer for life!