Is it Peel Time?

Captain's Log 5.28.13

Recently encountered a peel dilemma:  it's almost summer & my hyperpigmentation (dark spots) is really starting to show. 

To peel or not to peel. 

More sun on recently peeled skin will make the spots worse and may even create new sunburn damage.  Microdermabrasion would have a similar result.  Hmm.

  • First line of defense, antioxidants Antioxidants scavenge free radicals, helping to prevent skin cancer.  I use SkinCeuticals antioxidants and carry the whole line at Urbaca.  Phloretin CF protects and lightens, if I'm feeling dry or I got a little too much sun, I'll use C+E Ferulic.  These two antioxidants consistently win Best Of awards and numerous dermatologists use and recommend them.  They are spendy, but at their Professionals-Only classes, we were taught the Vitamin C retains a well in your skin for up to 3 days, which means you don't have to use it every day to get the antioxidant benefits.  Of course, if you want maximum effect--especially using Phloretin CF to lighten hyperpigmentation--you'd use it every day.
  • Sunscreen.  Just because you're using antioxidants to protect from UVA (aging rays) damage, you'll still need protection from UVB (burning rays).  Yes, every day.  Yes, even though we live in Portland. 
  • Peel.  Here's the plan, do a PCA light Jessner's peel without hydroquinone, don't max it out, just a couple of layers.  No hydroquinone because the FDA stated that hydroquinone cannot be ruled out as a potential carcinogen.  For upkeep I will alternate between the Rose City Mask and PCA's Oxygenating Trio Treatment, they're both quick and painless.

Game on, Summer.

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