Everyone likes to have clear, smooth skin, but not everyone can afford having a professional skin peel done every couple of weeks or so. Thankfully, there are DIY chemical acid peels treatments that you can buy; and even though they are not as effective as the professional treatments, they do make a significant difference, that is if you use them correctly. There are some really frightening stories about people who made huge mistakes when doing their own peels.
So that you would not risk damaging your skin when doing your own acid peels, here are some of the biggest mistakes that you can make and some tips on how you can fix them:
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Mistake – Applying too much skin peel solution
Most of the people who have tried doing their own chemical acid peels are guilty of applying too much solution on their skin, resulting in excessive peeling. They often assume that since they are not seeing any immediate reaction after applying the peeling solution on their skin, that they must have applied too little, they would mistakenly apply more in an effort to hasten the process. The problem when you apply too much of the solution on your skin, it will result in patches of your skin having a different shade of color than the rest.
You should always have some patience when working on your skin because it is ultra-sensitive. There is a reason why DIY skin peel treatments are significantly weaker than those the professional dermatologists use, and it is because regular folk cannot handle the stronger stuff and would most likely botch up the application. So when you are using an at home acid peel solution, you need to follow the instructions right down to the letter. It might actually be working; you just do not realize it.
Mistake – Not following the recipe
When you cook, it is alright to alter some parts of the recipe to suit your particular tastes, like maybe adding a bit more salt or using a substitute if you cannot find the ingredient that you need; but when you are doing something as delicate as a chemical peel, it is important to follow the measurements that are indicated in the instructions; if you do not, then you risk ending up with a solution that is either too strong that it can do some serious damage on your skin, or too weak that it does not really do anything.
You always need to follow the recipe right down to the letter; you should never alter it even one bit. The recipe is there so that you can use the solution safely and without any problems. If you alter anything in the instructions, and you got horrible results, then you only have yourself to blame for it.
Mistake – Not having neutralizer handy
It is important that you always prepare the neutralizer before you apply the peeling solution on your skin, never should you prepare the neutralizer after application. There are three things that could happen if you do not prepare everything you need beforehand; you make the peeling solution too strong, you make the neutralizer too weak, or if you are really unlucky, both. Whatever the outcome, it will result in significant skin damage.
You need to make a batch of neutralizer before you make the peeling solution, and you should test it first to make sure that it actually works by doing a trial run on an unnoticeable area. If you find that everything is in order, only then should you proceed with your application.
Mistake – Application of peeling solution on the wrong places
If you are using a cotton ball as an applicator, there is no guarantee that you will not be messing up quite a bit and have the peeling solution bleed onto other parts of your skin, especially if you are doing spot treatments. If you are not careful, you will get big splotches of discolored skin on your body if the peeling solution scatters too much.
If you are doing spot treatments, it is best to line the area that you do not want exposed to the peeling solution with petroleum jelly. A liberal amount of petroleum jelly will confine the peeling solution onto the area where you want it.
These are just some of the biggest mistakes that you can make when doing your own chemical acid peels. Though the mistakes may seem to have very serious repercussions, they can easily get remedied if you follow the solutions that are suggested above. There is nothing wrong about doing your own skin peeling treatment if that is what you want to ; you just need to do it carefully so that you will not make any mistakes which will result in skin damage or spending more money instead of saving it.
1 thought on “The Biggest DIY Chemical Acid Peels Mistakes”
I tried it on my legs, using the recipe to the letter. It stung, but it didn’t really make any difference to the melasma blotches. I need a stronger peel.