A salicylic experience

This skincare business can be fucking ridiculous sometimes.

If someone sat you down and told you they were going to pour fire on your face for the next five minutes, you would tell them exactly where they could shove it.

You definitely wouldn’t lie there, hair tied back in waiting (having just let them remove all of your makeup), and let them do it. No sane person does that shit. And yet, here we are…

So, I got a salicylic skin peel, and boy does it sting like a bitch…but why would anyone put themselves through this madness, and better still, pay for the privilege of getting their face burned? Here’s what I found:

The pain is temporary

Despite the melodrama, the severe stinging and ‘burning’ sensation that is caused by the peel is actually very short lived and only lasts for a few minutes. So grand scheme of things, it’s definitely manageable.

The peeling is temporary

This is something I had to keep reminding myself in the days following the first peel (yes first, I actually went back…) when my skin was quite literally falling off my face. It wasn’t a pretty sight or a pretty feeling, but you do eventually get into the ‘greater good’ mindset and look forward to the more long-term results it can bring.

You need to keep at it

The results were really strong in my case, and I definitely became a lot less prone to breakouts when combining the peels with a solid skincare routine and a healthy diet. It was definitely a process for me though, and following my course of 5 peels all 2-3 weeks apart, I’m strongly considering continuing on with monthly top-ups to keep on top of my skin.

It’s definitely not cheap

With a new customer discount included, my 5 session package cost just over £400, which works out as more than £80 per peel. When you add that to the cost of the accompanying skincare regime, the cost really starts to rack up…

You have to pay attention to your skin

I found that the cleanser provided as part of the skincare regime wasn’t enough to remove all of my makeup in the evenings, so I incorporated a two-step cleanse into my nightly routine. Not all products work for everyone, so you need to find what works for you and give it a good two week run before you decide whether it’s for you.

Overall, the peels have given me the kickstart my skin needed to get back on track, and while they can cause short-term stress if your skin flakes excessively, the effect that they can have on the skin’s texture and complexion is pretty impressive. Definitely recommended.

I booked my salicylic peels through SK:N Clinics who have branches all over the UK, however, there are a growing number of clinic chains whose prices will vary – always do your research and book in a consultation before receiving any treatment.

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