It’s time to get a new face.
Ever since I broke out from coconut oil, then-pimples, which turned into spots of post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation (PIH) are having a hard time fading away from my cheeks.
When no brightening products or exfoliating serums would work any faster than a 9-month waiting time, I turned to chemical peels.
First off, let’s understand some key terms:
(1) hyperpigmentation is caused when melanin is overproduced in certain small areas on the skin (making it look darker than your natural skin color). The most common cause of hyperpigmentation is when the skin is overexposed to the sun.
(2) Post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation is caused by marks left by a pimple, bug bite, or any other damages to the skin. The shade of the PIH will depend on the severity of the causation.
Peter Thomas Roth “Max Complexion Correction Pads”
This was my first chemical pads choice and Peter Thomas Roth purchase from Sephora; a friend of mine who dealt with similar breakout issues recommended it to me. I purchased the max version (10% glycolic acid, 2% BHA) instead of the gentle version for a stronger, and a faster, improvement.
I remembered the first time I applied the pad on my face – it was like wiping Peach Absolute Vodka on your face. The pads are “peach-bellini” scented, which I love, but the presence of 46% alcohol (soaked in botanical mixes) makes it like Peach Vodka. Your face will sting when first applied, but it only should last you 40-70 seconds; if irritation appears or extreme redness, wipe it off immediately with water and cleanse well.
Overnight Improvement: the texture of my skin feels smoother and my pores are less visible. In terms of active blemishes, it shrank, but not by a drastic amount. The smaller whiteheads did dry up though, which is so satisfying to see.
After several uses, the max complexion did reach a plateau. I find it the most effective if my skin takes a couple of days off from using these pads to kickstart the product again.
First Aid Beauty “Facial Radiance Pads”
After I used up all of my max chemical pads, I wanted to try something that’s gentler on the skin. My skin was getting better at this point, and I was more more focused in achieving a smoother canvas and eradicating the hyperpigmentations on my cheeks. This is when I came across First Aid Beauty; I had loved their moisturizer and essence so there was no hesitation to purchase their facial radiance pads.
Their pads contain a mixture of lactic acid (exfoliates and conditions), glycolic acid (exfoliates and balances pH), and several more brightening ingredients like licorice root. It didn’t sting at all when I used this chemical pad, but applying anything else afterwards become really effortless (even foundation).
Overnight Improvement: I didn’t see any radical changes when applied on blemishes. What was mostly improve is the texture of my skin – more glowing, smooth, and evened out tone.
The effects were definitely positive throughout the two months i religiously used these pads. Sometimes I would even apply it both morning and night. I’m really lazy with applying toners with cotton pads, so this is also a great substitute for any lazybums out there.
Cane + Austin Miracle Pads+
This is the winner guys.
I got a single sample pack from a French pharmacy down in SOHO, and after one application, my stressed out skin was completely rejuvenated the next morning – there will be sting. My skin woke up to a brighter state of mind, and my pimples faded faster than ever.
What’s in this holy grail?
Shit ton of glycolic acid (“results comparable to 30% glycolic acid), Vitamin A, C, and E and COQ10 (protection from free radical damage), and lactic acid.
This product is mostly targeted for anti-aging, but I find it to work really well for acne-prone skin and anyone who needs a little bit of tightening+lifting.
I would definitely recommend this chemical peel brand out of the three that I’ve tried if you want to see efficient results. Yes, it’s a little bit pricey but when weighed against the benefits, it’s worth the $$$.