I’ve always had issues with oily, blemished, acne-prone skin. I have acne scarring on my forehead since my teen years and overtime have developed a bumpy chin with spots under the skin. This area is also pigmented so there’s uneven skin tone to the rest of my face.
I’ve tried many treatments to heal both areas: intensive pulse light (IPL), microdermabrasion (crystal clear and diamond), derma-roller and various skin peels. None of these have worked but did give the rest of my face a youthful glow.
I recently went to Aesthetics Clinic in Birmingham and was advised by Tammy there about a natural peel that doesn’t involve any machinery and works to the deeper layers of your skin. The Green Peel is developed by Dr Schrammek and uses a concoction of herbs to penetrate into the skin, and over days your skin peels to reveal a revitalised layer. Its not cheap – at £120 a treatment, and how many you need depends on your skin. There’s also an aftercare kit you need to purchase that sets you back at £150 and includes cleanser, a cooling toner, vitamin C and SPF. The whole set could last for up to three months so given the amount you get and the quality – its actually cheaper than buying some skincare sets like Dermalogica or Clinique.
Day of treatment
I was quite nervous because Tammy had warned me that a lot of people find the peel uncomfortable and even painful. I have a high pain threshold but even then I wasn’t entirely sure what I was getting myself in for.
The procedure starts with cleansing the skin. Mine was cleansed twice because I had make-up on. In retrospect I shouldn’t have worn any make-up.
The herbal mask is then made and the measurements depend on the condition of your skin. You can smell how natural it is. It reminded me of a clay you can get in India and Pakistan called Multani Mitti, which was reassuring because I didn’t want harsh chemicals on my skin.
The mask was left on my skin for 10 minutes during which time my skin was starting to warm up ever so slightly. This is normal.
And then the uncomfortable part began – the therapist started exfoliating the peel into my skin for two minutes, which was timed. She had warned it might be painful but it was more discomfort than pain. It felt like an intense scrub.
Afterwards she sprayed over a cooling spray, which felt great. She left this on for a couple of minutes before dabbing on vitamin C oil, which was delicately brushed over my face to encourage lymphatic drainage.
At the end of the treatment, my skin didn’t look as distressed as it felt. Apart from the peel being stuck in my hair (it can get quite messy as you can see in the picture), there was some redness around the chin and upper cheeks, and that was about it. But it depends on how sensitive your skin is. For others, your skin could get quite red and sore.
Tips – I would suggest going without any make-up on. I went after work and despite the therapist cleansing my skin; the waterproof eye make-up did irritate my eyes. Also, tie your hair up and wear a headband to avoid the peel getting into your hair.
For the best results, I’m assured I need to use the aftercare products that compliment the treatment. There is a lotion-like cleanser that feels quite soothing on the skin and can be cleaned off with moist cotton wool. Then the cooling lotion, which feels incredibly soothing and refreshing. Followed by vitamin C – just three drops are enough for the face and neck. And in the morning this will be followed by SPF, which is a must for all skincare routines to protect against skin damage.
Day one after the treatment
There was absolutely no difference to my skin the following day.
Overnight, my skin did feel a little sensitive so I avoided sleeping on my face.
When I cleansed my face in the morning I could feel slight pin-pricks, which were the herbs still on my skin because you’re not meant to expose your skin to water.
My skin started to feel tighter and dry around my chin and nose.
I wore BB cream in place of make-up, which looked worse and worse as the day wore on because my skin looked more and more dry.
Otherwise, there was no pain or discomfort.
Tip: At this stage avoid any kind of make-up because it can make the peeling skin look more pronounced, as you can see in this terrible picture!
My cheeks started peeing today. It was more pronounced around the jawline.
By the end of the day when I had cleansed my skin – and a lot of the peeled skin came off on the cotton pads – my chin and nose felt super soft.
Again, there was no discomfort of any kind.
On this day I was able to use water on my face because it was two days after I had started peeling.
I woke up to some peeling on my cheeks but once I washed my face it was glowing.
There was still some peeling on my cheeks.
My nose and chin were no longer flaky. But my forehead still hadn’t started peeling.
My skin looked glowing on this day and I was complimented for how good it looked.
It meant that my make-up glided on very well.
There was still no peeling on my forehead.
I’ll be heading for the second treatment this week – they’re meant to be every two weeks. So watch this space to hear about my progress in my quest for clear skin!