Rosemary Mac Cabe

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Review: glycolic peel at the Seapoint Clinic

So I know, I know: I’m young. My mother is terribly afraid that all of these glycolic peels are going to irrevocably damage my “young” skin, while her work colleague is apparently concerned that I am doing “too much, too …

Mon, Jul 4, 2011, 10:30


So I know, I know: I’m young. My mother is terribly afraid that all of these glycolic peels are going to irrevocably damage my “young” skin, while her work colleague is apparently concerned that I am doing “too much, too young”, and all of my friends are afraid that I’m going to end up a little like this:

Ah, Samantha: how you’ve given a bad name to everything with the word “peel” in it. But honestly, glycolic peels are nothing like what happens Samantha in Sex and the City. Nothing. Sure, they tingle! In fact, they make you feel a little as if tiny little bees are stinging your skin with their tiny little stingers. I think, in fact, that leaving a glycolic formula on one’s skin for too long could be used as some kind of skin-improving torture, in years to come, but as the tingling is short-lived, it’s never quite that bad.

In any case, a couple of weeks back, the Seapoint Clinic contacted me, offering a treatment. They were keen to showcase to the public the fact that they do a lot of facial rejuvenation treatments, above and beyond their well known dentistry offerings, so I, momentarily tempted by the idea of facial fillers, decided to go for another glycolic peel. I’d loved the treatment I had at Renew, but it was a few weeks later and I thought, sure why not give it another go?

I’ll spare you the boring details: namely, formula is applied, skin tingles, formula is “neutralised” using an alkaline spray, SPF 50 is applied, you emerge, blinking, into the sunlight, looking a bit pink and very shiny (it’s the SPF). Altona at Seapoint talked me through the treatment carefully, asking me what areas I was most concerned about. Again, it was those milia that seem entirely resistant to all scrubbing / cleansing / extraction endeavours.

A week after my first treatment, Altona contacted me, asking how I’d got on. What did I say? The results were great. My skin felt a lot clearer, although I did experience a 10-day period directly after my peel wherein my forehead and chin got very dry and I had a bit of a mild breakout. But the milia – still there! So she suggested I go in for a follow-up.

The second peel was much the same, but slightly more tiny bee-feeling. Why’s that? Because the percentage was increased, for an increased peel effect. So really, the truth? It’s uncomfortable. There are roughly a thousand things I’d rather be doing, and that’s not even including chocolate or having my feet rubbed (what?! Don’t judge me!).

But how about now? My skin, doctor, it looks incredible! Well lookit, that’s a lie, we both know I’m not Gisele. But it does look really good. Any breakouts I’m having are really mild, and I feel a bit like any of my blemishes are making their way to the surface, slowly but surely. Serious result.

So if you’re agin peels, have I changed your mind? If you’re for them, where do you go? Share with the group!

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