As you can plainly see, I'm far far away from having what I so desire. The hair that I need to grow closer in to my nose is coming in sparsely and standing straight up at attention. I couldn't even fill in with pencil or powder at this point. I'd look like a freak! I swear, I'm thinking of buying some Rogaine to get these suckers growing.
But alas, this is not the only facial issue I have right now. I'm aging! Yes, you heard me, I'm getting older by the day and do not like the way my face is responding to it. If all I had to deal with was the slightly drooping upper lids and a few fan lines here and there, that would be fine. But those big bags under my eyes are outright grotesque! Unfortunately, there's nothing I can do about them at this point, nothing but glare at them in the mirror and lightly pull my skin back to see what I'd looked like 10 years ago. Thanks Mom, for the heredity you've passed on to me!
But wait, it gets worse. I have acne! As a teenager, I had the most luminous, clear skin, not a blemish to be found. I used to get complimented on my skin. Then I had babies! That was it for my face. Out popped the babies, and out popped the zits! Thank goodness I'm not talking about some huge pustules that ooze all over the place. No, I have your average garden variety bumpy zits that don't even appear to have a head on them. But there are millions of them and no amount of exfoliating with baking soda has helped. And once in a while, I'll get one of those huge, hard ones that stay buried under the skin, hurting like a MoFo and stretching the surrounding skin until it starts to peel right off. I have one on my chin right now that's about the size of a baby Lima bean. I shit you not.
So yesterday I was reading Buffie's blog, or I should say, watching her videos of her at-home facial. What was that she had in her greedy little hands? Was that a glycolic acid peel? The REAL stuff? Oh yes it was, and she even told us bloggers where she gets it from! My fingers moved like lightning over the keyboard to get to that site! And oh my word, MakeupArtistsChoice.com not only had a glycolic peel, but also something much stronger called a TCA. I read the description, then read it again, and decided I had to try this. I owed it to my skin to try this!
Here is just some of what the site had to say on this product...
Trichloracetic Acid - TCA - is the primary ingredient in the Obagi Blue Peel.
Noticeable peeling will be realized, with some down-time that will vary from client-to-client, dependent upon your skin type.
Our TCA Home Peels are excellent for softening deeper wrinkling,
reducing/removing less severe facial lines, improving sun damage, fading hyperpigmentation (freckles, "age" spots), reducing scars (not keloid scarring, however), reducing acneic conditions with/without scarring, reducing and/or completely removing upper lip lines. Improved skin coloration/brightness will be seen after peeling, with a fresh, more refined texture to the skin.
***TCA peels typically tighten the skin and provide a lifting effect.
***Begin with either our 8% (lightest/beginner's kit) or 12.5% peel if you haven't used TCA's previously. Once you have become accustomed to using TCA's at home...and should you feel you need to use a stronger percentage...graduate-up to the 15% or 18%.
21% should *only* be used by clients who have tolerated the 18% very well. 21% is *very* strong and not for the beginning/novice TCA user.
I got the 12.5% peel, and this is supposedly considered a "light peel", but after reading more about this, my skin really is going to slough off. Isn't that just too disgusting? I've seen it on Extreme Makeover and it's a scary sight for sure! In fact, I'll have to use Neosporin over my entire face for 48 hours after I do the deed! Can you just picture me walking through Wal-Mart with huge flaps of skin dangling off my face? The very thought gives me the giggles, because you know I would do it, and if I could drag Jill with me, all the better!
Now you know what's coming next, right? Oh yes bloggers, I'm taking you on the journey of the acid peel with me!!!!!!!!!!!! Are you excited, or what? I will make sure Mikayla is available to take pictures of me as I apply this stuff, so she can capture my reaction when the burning pain kicks in. From there, I think a daily photo diary will be in order, so you can all enjoy the various stages of this journey. Will I post it day by day? Or make you wait until the end and do it all in one post? That's something even I don't know just yet, but ooh, can you feel the epidermic excitement? It will be at least a week before I even receive my product, so don't hold your breath in anticipation just yet. Ooh, this should be interesting!
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