Caroline Aghajanian: Ooh, it burns.
Today, I am doing a chemical peel on my face.
I have struggled with acne growing up
and some adult acne,
and it's left me with a lot of acne scars
and large pores.
I have been delaying this treatment for so long
only because, for one week,
my face is gonna peel off,
and it's gonna be really scary,
so I'm a little nervous,
but maybe this is the treatment
that will finally fix some of my acne scarring.
I am visiting Blue Medi Spa in Sherman Oaks, California,
to try out the Perfect Derma Peel.
The treatment at the spa takes about 20 minutes
and costs $295 per treatment.
Racquel Crownover: It is a chemical peel
specifically for pigmentation.
It has a lot of acidic ingredients,
ingredients to help kind of brighten up the skin.
So, usually, people will need about four of them
to kind of see some really good results.
Anybody who has pigmentation, really,
gets this peel.
So, if it's from trauma, acne scars, sun damage,
in some cases melasma,
this peel will help because it has
a majority of brightening ingredients.
The glutathione, the vitamin C, the kojic acid,
these things all work together to really help
brighten up the skin and kind of reduce that pigmentation.
Caroline: The first step is
putting a prepping solution on your face,
which is actually acetone,
to get the skin completely clean.
I've never put acetone on my face,
but Racquel told me it's a protocol
set by the company that makes the peel.
It smells like nail polish remover.
It doesn't burn, though. Racquel: Does it burn?
Caroline: It doesn't burn me.
The next step is the peel.
The solution is applied over the entire face
with one quick pass to lay down the product.
Does this smell too?
Racquel: It kinda does.
Caroline: Oh, it does smell.
Racquel: You'll probably feel it more so.
Caroline: Whoa, it is stinging.
Ooh, it burns.
Racquel: So, that's the first pass.
You're getting very red.
You have some frosting right there.
Caroline: I'm frosting?
Is that bad?
Racquel: It's not bad. It's just,
we don't need to go over it.
Caroline: The solution is layered on
a few more times.
This time, it's not as bad.
Racquel: This is where you can see
she has some remaining of acne scarring.
So I'm gonna go ahead and really just kind of
push this product into the skin
to help brighten that up.
Racquel: You're done.
Caroline: That was fast.
Painful, but fast.
You leave with a post-care kit
to use throughout the week as you peel.
The post-care kit includes a cleanser,
two towelettes to use on the second day,
a moisturizer with 2% hydrocortisone
to help with itching, and SPF.
I made sure to stay out of the sun
and tried not to excessively sweat
or pick at my face post-treatment
to let the peel do its thing.
Here's how it all went down.
Eight hours post-treatment.
My face is itchy, it's red,
and I have a little bit of a headache.
I can't wait until the peeling starts and stops.
This is how I'll be driving to work all week,
shielding myself from the sun.
On day two, I started my post-care treatment.
I washed my face in the morning
with the cleanser they provided,
which, by the way,
is quite small for the week, so use sparingly.
Then I went in with a post-peel towelette.
It didn't burn or sting;
instead, it felt very cooling on my face.
But it didn't smell too delightful.
After, I put on the provided moisturizer.
It feels like I'm putting Neosporin...
Y'all know what I mean.
It feels like you're putting that on your face.
And, finally, SPF.
It feels just pretty tight.
I feel like,
I don't know what a face-lift feels like,
but I feel like it would feel like that.
I mean, some people know.
Maybe I'll know in the future.
That night, I used the second towelette
right after I washed my face.
As expected, on day three, my skin started to peel
around my nose and mouth.
The peeling area felt very itchy,
and the rest of my skin that wasn't peeling
felt very tight and dry.
Throughout day three, the peeling got worse.
But that's nothing compared to day four.
This is day four.
It is getting out of hand.
I am going to have to slice these pieces off.
I couldn't let all my dead skin
just flap around town,
so I carefully cut off some of the larger pieces
without pulling on my skin.
It's super, super important to let your face
naturally peel off to prevent any scarring.
Throughout the day,
I kept adding moisturizer on my face,
especially the parts that were peeling.
Also, I'm sorry to all my coworkers
who had to look at my face that week
and put up with me cutting my dead skin at work.
OK, moving on.
By day five, the peeling moved up to my forehead,
eyebrows, nose, and around my neck.
Once I washed my face and put on moisturizer,
I kinda liked the way my new skin looked.
It seemed very fresh and dewy.
After a full week, the heavy peeling had stopped
and I mostly had little flakes
around my hairline, ears, and neck.
So, this is nine days post-peel,
and although my skin is still recovering,
the peeling storm has passed,
so I thought it would be a good time
to give my final thoughts.
I am in a love-hate relationship with this treatment.
The minute my skin started peeling,
the new skin felt so fresh
and just so reborn.
And then, throughout the days,
it kinda got a little dry and flaky,
so I kept putting moisturizer and SPF on
like they told me,
so that helped a lot.
I have a few new pimple friends joining us today,
right around here,
but I read online that that's completely normal
post-peel or post this intense facial.
So, it will go away,
it's just my pores that are kind of getting rid
of all the gunk that's in there.
Now we're two weeks post-treatment, obviously,
and my face is completely healed,
so I thought this would be a good time
to do my final, final review.
While the treatment did make my skin feel smoother
and look a lot brighter,
did it heal my acne scars and large pores?
I would say no.
Maybe if I did the treatment five times in a row,
I'll see visible results,
but the treatment is almost $300,
so that's over $1,400.
You'd have to have a lot of cash to burn,
a lot of patience, and a high pain tolerance
to really see some serious results,
and I don't have any of those.
So maybe in 50 years when I really, really need
this treatment, I will love it.
But for now, it's not really for me.
Ew, its just hanging there.