Pampering gone wrong
June 30, 2010 9:25 AM Subscribe
I'madumbassfilter: I used a 70% Glycolic Acid chemical peel and, well, I certainly shouldn't have been drinking while doing it. I have a rash across my face. Note: I am prone to hyperpigmentation. What do I do now?
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So I've been having minor skin problems. A cyst in the middle of my forehead right before my period, my nose has been weirdly thickly oily and dry and ripe with blackheads and whiteheads at the same time (those pore strips from Biore didn't work and neither did the Honey Snap Out of It face scrub), and my once lovely skin has accumulated a fair amount of hyperpigmentation marks (like little chocolate chips) from a) once a month deep pimples b) ingrown hairs after threading despite application of witch hazel and jojoba oil and c) around my nostrils because I keep getting monthly colds and the softest toilet paper I used (in a pinch -- and it was extremely soft) to blow my nose roughed up the skin around my nose and left it darker when it healed. So I was sick of feeling ugly and pancaking concealer on my brown spots.
And so I, after a rough day at work, decided I was sick of it. I had a couple of glasses of wine and applied the peel after washing my face. Not a half minute later, I washed it off with a washcloth in the shower and lots of water. I accidentally forgot and used hot water to wash it off instead of cold. I then applied a ton of Neosporin to my face and went to bed.
I woke up with a rash, no doubt due to the chemical peel, even where I thickly applied Neosporin.
I can't leave work to go to the doctor (guess who already went twice this week to the dentist and cut out of work to go get a scrip for a UTI! This moi!), so I'm applying jojoba oil, neosporin and Nivea to my face, and staying out of the sun. The jojoba oil was mainly because I freaked out and thought it would sooth the skin. I later dug up the Nivea.
I have tan, East Indian skin.
Is there anything else I can do to help heal this rash/burn? Relatedly, I'm scheduled for a microdermabrasion next month (at a dermatologist's office -- she was offering a special deal). Is that a really bad idea? I'm desperate to a) get rid of the burn without it hyperpigmenting and b) get rid of all the hyperpigmentation.