I was a bit nervous at first since I've only heard of more aggressive chemical peels which leave skin red and peeling (literally) for days. Fortunately, my skin looked better than ever right after the treatment, with absolutely no redness or averse reactions. As a matter of fact, the one small patch of dry, irritated skin I had prior to the treatment cleared up within a day. This stuff is a miracle! ha ha.
Derived from milk, lactic acid chemically exfoliates the skin, providing a brighter, smoother and more even skin tone. This is a very safe treatment, especially for temperamental, sensitive skin like mine. I always react to glycolic acid, so this is the perfect AHA alternative. This particular treatment is suitable for all skin types, including acne-prone.
Here's how the lactic acid treatment peel goes:
- Sign treatment waivers
- Consultation with the nurse (Neda took wonderful care of me!)
- Gentle makeup removal
- Medical-grade acetone applied to remove all surface oil
- Dermaplaning - surgical blade removes the top layer of dead skin and tiny hairs, allowing the acid to absorb better
- Application of 20% lactic acid liquid - left on for 2 mins, feels quite tingly but not painful
- The skin is then rinsed and next comes the Miracle 10 mask - clay-based with menthol and lavender oil
- After 10 minutes of relaxation, the mask is removed with warm cloths
- Next, dry ice is quickly swiped across the skin to tighten pores and remove any flakes of dead skin
- Finally, a face massage. Neda used the Miracle 10 moisturizer and finished with eye cream. This was undoubtedly my favourite part of the treatment.
This is the perfect example of a "don't try this at home" situation since real chemical peels require proper training and include a procedure which you cannot perform on your own. It's also important to note that you should not apply any chemical exfoliants (AHA, Glycolic, BHA - salicylic acid) 48 hours before, and after the treatment. Also, avoiding the sun is crucial for two weeks after a peel.
I experienced better than expected results and had a very nice time at the clinic. I am continuing to use some Miracle 10 products I was given to try, which I'll comment on in the near future, but I wouldn't hesitate to visit the clinic again for another treatment. Although it is an investment, skincare is always a rewarding area to indulge in.
You can see a few other photos of the clinic and treatment from Carly at Beauty & The Blog.
Keep your glow on!