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So I'm 20, but I'm already seeing fine lines forming in between my eyes, aka, worry lines and I also have some skin discoloration from acne in the past. I was wondering what a good peel would be for me? How often should I do a peel to keep the formation of wrinkles at bay? I know that nothing can completely stop them, but I figure if I'm proactive now then I can greatly reduce them in the years to come.
Nothing even comes close to sunblock. Nothing! Everything else is repairing, sunblock is preventing. You are so young and have such an advantage. But, when I say sunblock, I mean every day, even if it is raining. The worst damage I accumulated over the years was from driving in the car. My hands and the left side of my face.
Even wrinkles that you will later have from muscle movement (which is why we get botox to curb the muscle movement), will come earlier if you have not protected your skin from the sun. The reason is that if your skin has sun damage, it will have poor elasticity and will just be in worse shape already. So those movements you make will have more of an effect. Remember you don't need to see a burn to get sun damage. It really adds up.
I am pretty new to peels myself, but and there are a few peels out there that are preferable if your goal is to lighten red marks from acne. I believe that lactic acid is recommended. It is an AHA like glycolic, but it is a bit milder and supposed to work better for red marks/skin discoloration, etc.
You would want to start out with a mild formulation, and I am not sure of the %ages it comes in, but go with a low one at first. You could do one of these once a week (possibly every 5 days after your skin has acclimated a bit). Once you get through one bottle, which will last you for a very long time, you could increase your strength.
However, be forewarned that any of these peels does thin out the outer layer of your skin. They encourage collagen production and faster cell turnover, which in turn thickens up the inner layers of your skin. But you have less natural protection from the sun due to the outer layer being thinned. So, you really really need sun protection, and in the couple days after doing a peel don't even sit near a window at home without block on. It sounds scary but it is not. Also, patience is key. Nothing happens overnight, and it takes a build up of peels to make much of a difference (not that one peel can't make a difference. It can. But everybody doesn't reach desired results with one peel).
I know there are other peels that may work as well, but this is the one I read about the most for having success with lightening red marks. I'm pretty new to it all as well, and have concentrated only on what I need for myself. But, one of my needs is lightening some red marks I have...
The face moisturizer I use contains a SPF, I am very much so trying to be as proactive with my skin as possible. It's an amazing moisturizer from Lacome, makes my face so soft and I really like the SPF 30 bonus. I don't use it as diligently as I should, but I'm trying to get myself back into a good skincare regime. I've even been considering botox as the studies seem to show that you don't even form the wrinkles if the muscle is paralyzed, which would of course make sense, very lightly considering though because of cost. I just really want to take care of this worry line because it's there even when my eyebrows aren't bunched up and as I said, I'm only 20, I shouldn't have a deep set wrinkle line in the middle of my brow.
I really would caution against Botox at age 20. Can you imagine being 50 and already having 30 years of Botox behind you? I don't think they know enough about extremely long term use of Botox.
Something else you could start now for your skin is Retin A. I started at age 22, and am really glad I did. However, once again, that sunblock is a must, or you damage your skin more. I did that my first few years, because back then they were not as forceful telling us about sunblock with retin a. You just didn't know how important it really was, and no internet to get your info...
Anyway, I would recommend Frownies for your worry line. Those have been around for I think over 100 years, and I remember my great grandma wearing them back when I was a little kid (in the 60s). A thin little piece of sticky paper that you stick in between your eyes, usually to sleep (or in the evening hours or anytime at home). Not only does it keep you from making the movements, just like Botox - you end up somewhat training yourself not to make the movements even when not wearing them. Provided you wear them daily. This has happened to me with botox. I don't need to get it every 3 months any longer. I can go five, because I really rarely make the movements anymore even when it wears off.
I have never heard of frownies. I've been working on training myself not to make the motions that cause them, but it happens mostly when I start squinting from bright light as I have some light sensitivity even though my prescription glasses are transitions. Yes, I really need to get a good all over skincare routine started now while I'm young. Do you happen to know of any good body moisturizers that also contain a SPF?
Oh I do, but it's a facial moisturizer , they don't make a body one and the TINY bottle costs about 50$ a pop, so it would be way to expensive to use it all over. I believe it spf 30, I can't check though because I left it at my apartment and I'm visiting with my parents for a week...I know...bad me..
I'm glad you're using sunscreen. If you want to try a peel, start out very conservatively. I believe that starting early is the best way to keep your skin in good shape rather than trying to reverse damage done. I have before and after photos from my last 8 TCA peels on my blog below, so you can see the difference!
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