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Old 10-10-2007, 08:02 AM   #1
 
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Default Chemical peel or microdermabrasion?

I have an Oil of Olay microdermabrasion kit, but I recently got a coupon in the mail for a $39 chemical peel that expires 1 Nov.

I have some wrinkles between my eyes, on my forehead & the parentheses around my mouth, with fine lines around my eyes & on my upper lip.

I also have Rudolph redness that's not rosacea, but it goes on year-round, especially on my nose & forehead, with my nose being the worst.

Would you try to schedule an appointment for the chemical peel or would you just try the microderm kit first?
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Old 10-10-2007, 08:41 AM   #2
 
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Neither microdermabrasion or chemical peels will remediate wrinkles. They help the skin look better though, because they exfoliate. If you want to do home dermabrasion, you can buy the corundrum crystals for cheap and just add them to your own facial cleanser. It's just like the kits. A real microdermabrasion shoots the crystals at your skin under pressure, so it's a little deeper exfoliation, and a lot more expensive.

Light chemical peels are nice...they make the skin feel very smooth. Hopefully the esthetician doesn't use too high of a percentage of acid.

I have done my own light peels at home, but I'm a daredevil. Lately, though, I find I get best exfoliation from just Retin-A, some light AHA/BHA acids and washing with a nubby washcloth. Retin-A keeps my skin at a nice level of exfoliation and keeps my pores clear, and it is just about the only product that has actually been clinically proven to eliminate fine lines and wrinkles.
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OK. I was thinking maybe the peel or microderm would help a little with wrinkles. Maybe I should request a refill of the Retin-A. It's been a long time since I had a tube, but it should still be in my records that it was prescribed to me.

Either should help with the redness though, right?

I'm glad to hear either will help with uneven patches.

I have some open breakouts (pimples & hives). I have a bad habit of digging. Would it be a bad idea to get either of these done with them not being healed over?

Maybe I should save the $39 (originally $99) & just do this at home then. I have the crystals already in the Oil of Olay kit.

I have been using Garnier Fructis's (Fructis'?) Micro Polish Kit, but only once a week compared to the recommended twice weekly (or three times?).
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OK. I was thinking maybe the peel or microderm would help a little with wrinkles. Maybe I should request a refill of the Retin-A. It's been a long time since I had a tube, but it should still be in my records that it was prescribed to me.

Either should help with the redness though, right?

I'm glad to hear either will help with uneven patches.

I have some open breakouts (pimples & hives). I have a bad habit of digging. Would it be a bad idea to get either of these done with them not being healed over?

Maybe I should save the $39 (originally $99) & just do this at home then. I have the crystals already in the Oil of Olay kit.

I have been using Garnier Fructis's (Fructis'?) Micro Polish Kit, but only once a week compared to the recommended twice weekly (or three times?).

It might help with redness, and it might not. Sounds like your skin is really compromised and crying out right now and adding a light chemical peel or microdermabrasion might send you into further compromise.

I always feel that the best start to a skincare regimen is to stop tearing it up with detergent cleansers and start healing it, and then adding light acids to help exfoliate, and other products to build collegen (like Retin-A). I'll recommend a routine if you like. If not, I'll just shut up.
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Old 10-10-2007, 12:34 PM   #5
 
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OK. I was thinking maybe the peel or microderm would help a little with wrinkles. Maybe I should request a refill of the Retin-A. It's been a long time since I had a tube, but it should still be in my records that it was prescribed to me.

Either should help with the redness though, right?

I'm glad to hear either will help with uneven patches.

I have some open breakouts (pimples & hives). I have a bad habit of digging. Would it be a bad idea to get either of these done with them not being healed over?

Maybe I should save the $39 (originally $99) & just do this at home then. I have the crystals already in the Oil of Olay kit.

I have been using Garnier Fructis's (Fructis'?) Micro Polish Kit, but only once a week compared to the recommended twice weekly (or three times?).

It might help with redness, and it might not. Sounds like your skin is really compromised and crying out right now and adding a light chemical peel or microdermabrasion might send you into further compromise.

I always feel that the best start to a skincare regimen is to stop tearing it up with detergent cleansers and start healing it, and then adding light acids to help exfoliate, and other products to build collegen (like Retin-A). I'll recommend a routine if you like. If not, I'll just shut up.
Not lazy loops, and sorry to butt in but I would love to hear the routine that you recommend.
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Not lazy loops, and sorry to butt in but I would love to hear the routine that you recommend.

Oily skin or dry? If combo skin, which side do you tend towards? Acne-prone or not?
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Not lazy loops, and sorry to butt in but I would love to hear the routine that you recommend.

Oily skin or dry? If combo skin, which side do you tend towards? Acne-prone or not?
I live in Florida and it is hot here most of the year, so most of the year I am oily and during the one or two months that it is "cold" I am combo (mostly oily but dry and flaky around my chin and upper lip area). I am acne prone all year long. Thanks. Again, lazy loops sorry to guano your thread.
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microdermabrasion is NOT recommended for people with redness - it can exacerbate broken capillaries. but i did like the way my skin felt after having it done.

i stick to peels.
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