Fair, Freckled Skin/45 Years Old/5 Years of Glycolic Acid Treatments - Sandweiler, Luxemburg

The first year or two, I had a dermatologist's...

The first year or two, I had a dermatologist's office perform the peels (20-30%) and I used Neostrata wash and lotion - but only did this during winter months, as instructed by my doctor. I loved the Neostrata 15% lotion so much I used it all over my body and am certain it helped fade my stretch marks!

After awhile I realised I could do it at home and bought the glycolic acid (30%) on Amazon. I use baking soda and water to neutralise. I leave it on about 5-8 minutes each time. Again, only in winter months. I used SPF 30 for ten years but now have upgraded to 50 as I realise the sun is by far and beyond (along with cigarettes and too much alcohol!) the worst beauty killer. I keep telling my 30 something girlfriends to stop smoking and going in the sun and smoking....but alas...they will soon find out...

My only regret is that I didn't do my chest as often as I did my neck and face. I am 46 but people say I look 37ish....however my chest looks ten years older. I just got IPL and am very happy with the results. But it seems more than 1-2 IPL treatments can be bad, so won't go nuts with it.

I did do my hands occasionally and they look fine, no age spots. Wrinkles but no spots. I used it on my breasts for stretch marks and it definitely faded them.

Last summer I did have a terrible allergic reaction to the sun on my face and chest and maybe it has to do with these treatments. No way of knowing. So I changed sunscreen brands (Avene to Eucerin) and will totally avoid laying in the sun even for one day now. Self-tanner is my lifesaver because I am soooo pale.

I do have age spots on my legs and arms from not using sunscreen and there are depressingly so many. Will IPL them this winter.

Basically, I cannot recommend gentle and careful glycolic acid peels enough....but WITH big doses of sunscreen. I will bang into my daughters' heads that prevention is 100 times better than going thru the money and time and agony to fix things.
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Do you notice that the sun brings out the dark spots on your face at an extreme level?   I have noticed that as I age my face hates the sun. The spots on my face get super dark!
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Definitely. The age spots are due to excess melanin so that is logical. I totally avoid the sun now, which is rather sad as it is nice to lie out a tiny bit after a long winter. But with age I have started to also be much more sensitive to heat and the sun, I can easily get "Mallorca acne" as they call it in German - acne/eczema related to heat and sun. But I am not sure if that is related to age or the ozone layer having totally changed since my youth!
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I would say that it probably has to do a little bit of both!  Frustrating in so many ways.
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