After having clear skin for many months under the care of Trinity Medical Centre (Marine Parade), it was ruined by a product which is not suitable for my skin. (Hint: Another brand of CC cream that’s highly raved but sad to say that my skin disliked it! Sob Sob!). After using for a few times, i’ve suffered from one of the worst breakouts ever!!
I have been going for regular Carbon Laser Peel Treatments every 3-4 weeks which work wonders for my skin and i can only blame myself for causing my skin to be so congested! (Sigh!) Feeling really bad as the team at Trinity Medical Centre (Marine Parade) has taken care of my skin so well but yet i have ‘poisoned’ it! 😦 Was reprimanded by my husband so from now on, i will be selective with the products i am using.
As Dr Kan is on Maternity Leave (She will be probably coming back in mid July), i went to see Dr Lim to salvage my skin. Initially i though that my breakouts are hormonal but Dr Lim told me it is due to that certain product that i used (Argghh!). During the skin consultation with Dr Lim, he told me to stop experimenting with new base makeup as my skin is very sensitive. Hence, i will be taking sometime for my skin to rest and not try anymore new makeup for the time being. So in the meantime, i will only be applying skincare on my face… Hence if you see me during events with no makeup, please do not judge me. 😛
Dr Lim has ordered me to go through Aqua ST and Carbon Laser Peel Treatment every 2 weeks (instead of 3-4 weeks) as the congestion is really bad and my skin will show better results with treatments done at a shorter interval. Dr Lim also said that i have to get both Aqua ST and Carbon Laser Peel Treatment done at the same time as it will reduce purging (as the laser peel will ‘push out’ impurities that are embedded deep within my pores). Hence Aqua ST will clear off some of the impurities and thus reduces purging after treatment.
The treatment started with skin cleansing and extractions to decongest my pores and to extract impurities.. This time round, extraction has to done on many areas of my face so u can imagine how bad the congestion is (For the past few months, only my nose will get congested). Even my forehead (which is clear for many years) is badly congested as well. 😦
The Aqua ST treatment is a facial treatment that provides cleansing, exfoliation, extraction and hydration to the skin. This treatment has a selection of 3 different topical solutions specific to the patient’s skin condition. Aqua ST effectively helps to improve some skin conditions including hyper-pigmentation, acne, photo damage, dehydration, clogged pores, uneven skin tone and even fine line wrinkles. As mentioned, Aqua ST treatment is highly recommended for patients who have moderate to severe acne before doing their carbon laser peel treatment.
This skin treatment is mild enough to be used before laser treatments as it does not use crystals or other abrasive harsh particles that will irritate the skin. There will not be any downtime and you can see visible results with only 1 treatment and 4-6 treatments are needed for more significant results. This skin treatment works by its 2-in-1 action – non-invasive exfoliation and delivery of topical solutions to safely and painlessly cleanse, exfoliate, extract and to treat the skin.. During the treatment, the machine will create a painless suction force and once done, a serum* will be applied onto the area. During the process, there wasn’t any pain or sensitivity and all i felt was a gentle suction sensation.
* A customized serum would be used in accordance to individuals skin’s condition:
Aqua ST SA (Salicylic Acid) is specially formulated for oily and acne-prone skin. It contains active ingredients including Pentylene Glycol and Spirea Ulmaria Extract which penetrate the pores and dislodge dead cells for exfoliation.
Aqua ST AS (All-Skin) is a skin solution that cleanses deeply while softening sebum and impurities to aid in extractions. The dead cells are dislodged for exfoliation, and it provides hydration which results in firming and smoothes fine lines.
Aqua ST AO (Anti-Oxidant) contains stabilized vitamins A, E & White Tea Extract which is specially formulated to combat free radicals and environmental damage to the skin cells.
Next, a layer of carbon lotion is applied on my entire face and allowed to dry over a few minutes before the Carbon Laser Peel commences. The Carbon Laser treatment is a laser procedure that uses a carbon layer as a photo-enhancer to improve the skin’s radiance and promotes a smooth and glowing complexion. The Carbon Laser Peel helps to refine enlarged pores, reduce oil secretion, remove blackheads, and achieve a whitening effect. It is delivered by a state-of-the-art Q-switched Nd:YAG Laser Machine which sends short, rapid and high intensity pulses of light. The combination of the short wavelength and rapid light pulses results in maximal treatment of the skin lesions while preserving the surrounding skin.
How it Works
Tthe Q-switched Nd:YAG laser is used to heat up the skin and cause an explosion of the carbon particles. The laser light is absorbed by the carbon lotion, focusing the laser energy on the epidermis skin layer. As the laser moves across the skin, the smoke from explosion of carbon particles is gently vacuumed up, exfoliating the skin and removing any debris in the pores. The treatment reduces pore sizes and the thermal effect of the laser beam stimulates collagen renewal.
Carbon Laser Peel will not cause any scabs, pain or bleeding hence no numbing cream is required. This treatment is also non-invasive and gentle, and finishes in approximately 10 minutes. Carbon Laser Peel is highly effective if patients wish to reduce pore size, fine lines, and blemishes. This treatment will also improve and rejuvenate skin tone, giving a more youthful appearance.
During the treatment, the Carbon Laser Peel machine will ’emit’ a loud buzzing sound which can sound really intimating. Haha! When the laser was administered on my skin, all i felt was prickling sensation which wasn’t painful but just a little uncomfortable. After doing laser on the whole face, Dr Lim proceeds to ‘blasting’ the carbon off. The buzzing sound got louder but there wasn’t any pain or discomfort. After both treatments, Dr Lim further emphasized on the fact that i should steer care of new products and avoid piling too much stuff on my face.
Both treatment was done in about one hour as the extraction process took quite a long time (Previously it only take about 25 mins when my skin condition was better). Immediately after both treatments, my skin feels ‘lighter’ and less tight. The only redness are on the parts whereby extractions are done. Instantly, my skin feels smoother to the touch as (pores are less congested) cleaner and skin tone is more even with improved clarity.
On the 2nd day onwards, the redness are gone. After 1 treatment, i could feel that my skin is less greasy and skin appears to be brighter and more radiant. i feel that my skin appears to be healthier with reduce breakouts, less redness and more even skin texture. The more controlled oil secretion has also results in lesser clogged pores and bumps. Overall, i felt that my skintone is brighter and so much more even (and radiant)!
I went overseas for 2 weeks and by the time i went back to Trinity Medical Centre, it has been one month plus since the last treatment. Hence, my skin has turned greasy and i have developed a lot of small boils filled with pus (which i have no idea why). If you have problem skin like mine, Treatment interval of 2~4 weeks is advised for maximum results. As for the boils, Dr Lim told me that i might be suffering from bacteria infection (might be from the food and drinks i had overseas) and hence i have to take 10 days course of antibiotics. As there’s some congestion still, he suggested that i do chemical peel (Jessner’s Peel) this time to further get rid of dead skin cells , decongest pores, loosen and reduce acne. As my skin tone is dull and uneven, Dr Lim said that it will give me a smooth, glowing and brighter complexion after getting rid of the thick layer of dead skin on the surface. Sounds good and i’m excited to begin my quest to clearer complexion & smoother skin!
Before the peel, my skin is thoroughly cleansed before a layer of solution to reduce the skin’s PH is applied on.. I did not experience anything after the application. After 5 mins, a liquid chemical (a combination of acid*) is applied to my skin with a small brush, gauze.. After a while, mild burning sensation sets in and it intensify when more chemical is being applied (about 2 layers). To minimize the burning sensation, the clinic assistant fan my face to help cool the skin and relieve the discomfort. The chemical peel that i done in Trinity is different from another clinic’s as the chemical isn’t washed off and no neturalizer is applied as a last step to neutralize the acid & end the chemical reaction. I was told not to waste my face for at least 4 hours as this will cause the chemical to penetrate too deep which might cause burns.
*Jessner peel consists of three main ingredients: lactic acid (assists in the exfoliation of the skin), salicylic acid (aids in penetration), and resorcinol (assists in the treatment of acne).
Although Jessner Peel is stronger than most superficial chemical peels, it does not require anesthesia and there’s also burning sensation felt (which is bearable). As i was heading out after the chemical treatment, i took a mask from the clinic to cover the redness.
What To Expect After The Chemical Peel
Dr Lim told me that proper care of skin after chemical peel is very important in order to achieve better results and also promotes skin healing. For the first few days, i have to apply a regenerating and redness control cream after washing my face with my regular cleanser. Once there’s no more peeling, i can start to use my regular skincare products. Dr Lim also told me to avoid excessive sun exposure till skin regulates and peeling has stopped. Sunblock is also important after the procedure as skin is very fragile after peeling and new skin is more susceptible to sun damage.
(Hours after the peel)
Redness and mild burning sensation. The burning sensation went away 4 hours after the peel was done. Skin feels raw and tight~
(The Next Morning After the Peel)
More Redness. Skin felt very tight and very sensitive. I have to wear a mask as i’m heading to an event and meeting friends after that. A friend who did chemical peel before told me redness is normal and peeling will start on Day 3 onwards. He told me that i will love my new skin so i must be patient! haha~
Less redness but i observed that a brown layer of skin is covering my face.. Skin feels very tight and during lunch, the layer of brown skin started to flake and peel~ No worries, there is no pain but it felt a little comfortable as skin is very tight and there’s a little itch (Not that i mind as itch often associates with healing~)
Most of the dead skin are removed when i washed my face. The layer of new skin appeared to be a little reddish so application of sunblock is a must as skin is still delicate. My new skin feels so smooth to the touch and the little boils filled with pus are gone. The itch is also reducing and skin feels less sensitive.
At Day 7, i’m able to experience the benefit of my new skin. Firstly, it is smooth to the touch and it glows! Although my new skin turns red easily (due to the delicate state), i’m definitely loving the improvements in my overall complexion. My husband also realized the difference as he said that my new skin looks more refreshed, brighter and less clogged! There’s some dark post acne marks which lightens after the peel~ Something to highlight – the downtime of the chemical peel can be unpleasant so you can try to plan it over the weekends (whereby you can stay at home). If not, just head out with a mask like what i did. 🙂
Thank you Dr Lim & the Trinity Team for salvaging my skin!! This recent breakout episode has caused me so much unhappiness and stress. I’m so glad that my skin is so much calmer and healthier after the various treatments. If you have problematic skin issues, you don’t have to suffer in silence and look for a doctor whom you trust in order to treat it~ 🙂
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