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Pictures of my bare face are posted here so I can log my new skin journey and progress. If you’re looking into facials, peels, and light treatments you can read about my experience here. (◡‿◡✿)

Session 1| September 26, 2014

Skin type: acne prone, combination.

Session 1| Process

      First the medical esthetician/cosmetologist? cleansed my face before the peel. I think she used a green, light chemical peel. The more it tingles means the less dead skin is apparent on the skin. I was able to do 2 layers to remove as much dead skin before extractions. I’ve had extractions done with the metal extraction tool before. But today, the cosmetologist used q-tips. THIS! hurts much less! And causes less scarring. [i forgot to mention this earlier, but between each step she steamed my face to open up my pores. Extremely relaxing] After extraction, she cleaned remaining bacteria sitting on the top layer of skin with a toner. She then applied a black mask and let it soak in for about 15-20 minutes. After she washed it off with water and cotton pads and gauze. This mask prepped the skin for the Blue Light Laser Therapy, by removing any left over impurities and excess sebum.
      The word “laser” can be alarming! (⊙﹏⊙✿) But it didn’t hurt at all, and the treatment didn’t cause any redness or irritation on my skin. This method is utilized to kill the acne bacteria over the areas it’s passed over. Since this was my first session, we made quite a few passes into the pores. The bacteria located closer to the top layer of my skin is obviously going to disappear first. Over time and after a few more sessions, any bacteria deep within pores will surface to the top and be killed as well. The best way I can describe the feeling of the laser is a quick snap of a rubber band in precise spots. It can feel rather warm. But before the laser is applied, layers of ultrasound gel are spread over the skin. This leads to a cooling effect, which I found quite relaxing.

     After about 20 minutes of Blue Light, she cleansed my face of the gel and applied Intellishade Original. I like the idea of this product so far, and I’ve like how its lasted on my skin for 8 hours today. It’s a lightweight tinted moisturizer with sunscreen. It can be used as a primer for makeup! Which I desperately need. Primer acts as a barrier between the skin and makeup. (because lets be honest. We don’t clean our makeup sponges and brushes after every use as recommended, right?) It also has anti-aging properties, not that I need it. (I’m 18 haha) but prevention is a great thing too! 
Note: this Blue Light Treatment has no down time. 
I should be going in for my second session next week. 

[the morning after]
      Overall thoughts, I like how my skin has healed. No break outs. No redness or irritation has occurred. The extractions helped to take out the bad bacteria beneath the skin. I have the habit of picking at my skin, and obviously that increases scarring, irritation, and the increased probability of acne breakouts. The peel helped to remove dead skin that hasn’t come off during my own weekly exfoliation and brightened my skin tone. OH, and I heard that some people tend to peel after the chemical peel (depends on what kind of peel, herbal, retinol? etc.) but I haven’t experienced that.
    After the facial, I couldn’t wear makeup for the rest of the day. :’( and I was running errands in public completely bare faced. ughhh, Christen with no eyebrows or liner?! But I think I fully grasped the whole no filter, no editing, no makeup thing haha. 
    Today is my friend’s 18th birthday celebration, so yallll alreadyyy knooowww a sista’s gonna wear some makeup. BUT. Of course, I will use freshly cleaned, hands, brushes, and sponges. 

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