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Skin Care Regimen – by request

Skin Care Regimen – by request

Skin care!!

My skincare routine has been HIGHLY requested by friends. So, here you are.

A little background into my skincare geekitude: I almost went to medical school and became a dermatologist, and would have likely wanted to do plastic and reconstructive surgery as well. Instead, through an entirely accidental set of circumstances, I became a corporate accountant for a Fortune 500 company, and skincare remains a side passion. Someday, I’ll take some reduced hours and go to aesthetician school so that I can dabble in my skincare love in a more direct way, and help others to love their skin as I’ve learned to do.

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Skincare: DIY Mini Peel

I was reading an interesting blog post by Leslie Baumann, M.D. She is highly credentialed and wrote the book “The Skin Type Solution.”

In the post, linked above, she discusses a DIY home peel one can do. It’s geared toward brides, but obviously can be done at any time:

“Try this trick, a favorite among dermatologists: Apply a thick coat of your usual retinoid (like Retin-A, for example) to your skin seven to 10 days prior to a big event. Your skin will be red and start to peel about four to five days later, but by day six or seven, you will have a noticeable glow. Essentially, it’s like a mild at-home peel. Try this trick a few weeks prior to the wedding to see how you react, though the week of a big event should not be the first time you try this.”

I did this last weekend with my prescription Retin-A (.025% gel)

My skin yesterday and today looks AMAZING.

About 3 days after I did the Retin-A masque, I began to get peeling. However, I kept using a mild buff puff and salycilic acid cleanser to clear the peelies once a day. At night I did a quick wipedown with a mild makeup remover and then followed it with a baby wipe so as to not irritate my skin further, and then put on a thick coat of Oil of Olay night cream. In addition, I moisturized each morning with a thick coat of Salicylic acid gel moisturizer, and did not use any makeup other than mascara for the week.

My cleanser and day gel can both be found in the Zapzyt Acne Pack. I can’t use the night treatment cuz I’m allergic to Benzoyl Peroxide, but the other two are AWESOME products.

I’m going to wait a couple of weeks and do the peel again. I’ll keep you posted.