Last week, I had my second chemical peel in a series to correct hyper pigmentation and fine lines. Is it weird that I look forward to them now? I can honestly say that other than a slight tingle at application, this whole process is completely pain free. And my skin has honestly never looked better (thank you, Gabriel!).
This time around, we skipped the TCA portion of the peel, which is probably why it was much less traumatic on the skin. (Read about the first peel here). I also have been using Retin-A which has my skin prepped. We started with acetone which smells horrible but it gets the skin ready to absorb the treatment. Next, Gabriel applied a modified Jessner peel with a formula developed by Dr. Manduano (the doctor he works with). This usually consists of salicylic acid, lactic acid, and resorcinol. Last was a Retinoic acid peel applied all over the face.
I didn’t start peeling until about three days later. I didn’t have a ton of flakiness, but it did take a little longer to finish the process this time around. I peeled for about three days. I didn’t look horribly scary except for maybe the middle of day two. My skin was left super soft, supple and much more even. While the TCA from the first peel on my darker spots took a couple weeks to completely heal, those suckers are gone. My sun damage is almost completely eradicated.
Helping with the process is a “new to me” product, ReGenica. The formula is powered by Growth Factor technology that could maybe surpass the efficacy of retinols. By growing fibroblasts in simulated embryonic environment, they can harvest the growth factors and byproducts including collagen. Science aside, after I used it for two weeks, my skin was plump, healthy and even. It was incredibly helpful post-peel and I can imagine it will make post-procedure recovery vastly easier.
If you are in the Tulsa area, I highly recommend Gabriel. He works out of Dr. Joey Manduano’s office (also highly recommended) at 2219 East 21st Street. Their phone number is: 918.749.5522. ReGenica is available at his office or here.
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