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Beauty Blooper: Tales From a Tomato Face

Another Thursday, another Beauty Blooper! This one comes from an anonymous reader who was brave enough to share her story:

"Help me, BellaSugar! I went to the drugstore and purchased an over-the-counter chemical peel that left my face burning. My skin was very red and blotchy. The best analogy I can think of is that I resembled Samantha from the Sex and the City episode, "Plus One is The Loneliest Number." It's the one where she decides to get a chemical peel before Carrie's book launch.

"After three days, it started to heal but it was still very sensitive, and I wouldn't dream of going outside in the sun. I found that cold compresses and the gel from a natural aloe plant were very soothing, but nothing else seemed to help. One thing's for sure: I'm not getting a chemical peel again anytime soon, unless it's done by a professional."

Solution: If you haven't tried a strong treatment before, do a small patch test to see how your skin will react. If your face is burning, you can also try an over-the-counter anti-inflammatory cream such as Topricin (or really any anti-redness cream) since they contain calming agents. Also, if you'd like to cover up the blotchiness, use mineral makeup since it's natural and it won't clog your pores. To read about more unfortunate beauty bloopers, click here.


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actorgirl21 actorgirl21 9 years
It is a horrible idea to do any extreme exfoliation treatment at home. There are many contraindications to chemical exfoliants for instance: certain medications like the birth control pill or anti depressants, some other beauty products (depending on ingredients), some diseases like diabetes, hormonal imbalances, etc.... All of these things can make your skin extremely asensitive. You need an expert skin analysis before doing anything extreme! A good product to help with healing if you do have one of these beauty blunders is AquaPhor. Many doctors give this to patients who have had deep peels and abrasions to prevent scaring.
gingereg gingereg 9 years
i had the same kind of thing happen when i used a micro-refiner exfoliator on my face in the shower, then followed with an AHA serum...cause, ya know, you can never have too much exfoliation, right? WRONG! my face was itchy and burning for a good 3-4 days. i had an event to go to on the 2nd day and for the most part i thought my make up covered up all the red and in the type of lighting we were in no one would really notice (i had also done it too my neck and chest, btw)...but then i saw pictures from the night and it was awful. i looked crazy sunburned. the worst was the itching and the weird dry patches that felt like scales the following days. ugh...never again.
lala788 lala788 9 years
OMG the same thing happened to me once , that was horrible , poor you!
Sofiababy Sofiababy 9 years
OMG! ok i've been meaning to share. first off i have pretty sensitive skin--not too bad, but a chemical peel would be OUT OF THE QUESTION! its pretty dry winter and summer, and if i use cheap/harsh products, believe me it will SHOW! any way i've been meaning to try a fun mask or something new to give my skin that glow (with out the sun, now that its fall!) well i went to the drug store bc i was essentially "testing" and i didnt want to spend a fortune. I decided on Olay's microdermabrasion mask. its a two step product, and my favorite part is that its as exfoliating as you want it to be-- you gently massage according to how it feels. [still its a tad stronger than you may be used to] then, theres a warming gel, which i loved. in less than 5 min-- i swear.. you will have the smoothest skin EVER!! i was actually shocked at how well it worked. i phoned all my friends, and i had to have my put it away so i wouldnt want to use it too often!! ladies, if you are feeling experimental.. i would say hands down use this. let me know how much you LOVE IT!
sparkle-sugar sparkle-sugar 9 years
ouch!! yeah i would not try to put any strong chemicals on my face!
Lovely_1 Lovely_1 9 years
Ooo ouch! Sounds painful - I will keep that blooper in mind haha!
CestLaVie CestLaVie 9 years
I hear you- I have done the same thing and it's no fun- sensitive and red then "scaly" until the new skin comes through. My previous roomie is a prof. esthetician (sp?) and brought home some low percentage stuff for me to use- which worked fine but I convinced her my facial skin was tough as leather and I wanted the next stuff up! Bad idea- even worse was doing it on myself when she wasn't home one day and thinking I could leave it on a "mere" 10-15 minutes - NOPE! I was in severe pain the next day. My roomie advised me to moisturize- a lot!. It took a few days but it (the redness and flaky/patchy skin) went away- lesson learned- start with only 2-3 minutes and see how well your skin takes it, even that can be plenty of time. Also - when our lease was up (boo!) she left me with the products- but only for the low percentage one :)
i-am-elle i-am-elle 9 years
efahey efahey 9 years
Yikes! I only go for peels at proffessional spas, I can't imagine doing one on myself! I leave my face to someone who knows what theya re doing, I am so scared to mess it up!
ccsugar ccsugar 9 years
:rotfl: Love that pic above! That episode was so funny. Sorry to hear about your beauty blooper! You live and you learn ;)
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