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Glycolic acid face cream raised red spots?

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FunBagFreddie Sun 04-Nov-12 12:12:21

Any skin care experts about?

I got a glycolic souffle face cream(12%), started using it a few days ago and exfoliated my face this morning on automatic pilot with my facial buffer (usually use it once a week on a Sunday). I didn't think this would be a problem, so I put the moisturiser on and it was a bit of a fail.

Something that appeared to be dead skin came off when I applied the glycolic acid souffle and I now have sore, itchy skin with red blotches and lots of raised bumps like pimples. and feel like a total dick I've put an organic, all natural moisturiser on and some sun block as well as all natural mineral makeup (as I have to go out and look presentable).

Does this mean I should stop using it, is this common or did I just make a mistake when I accidentally used my facial buffer this morning.

Will the redness and bumps clear up?

cedge Sun 04-Nov-12 12:27:11

I think you have done too much too soon.....there is no need for a facial buffer if you are using GA. It sounds like you were putting an acid onto raw skin.
Just get through the day and then wash everything off your face with warm water ( no soap). Then just moisturise for a couple of days with a simple moisturiser.

cedge Sun 04-Nov-12 12:28:41

To reassure you, this has happened to me a few times and usually clears up very quickly (if the spots are very small). It can be a sign of filing your pores up with too much gunk.

FunBagFreddie Sun 04-Nov-12 12:32:17

Thanks for the advice cedge. I was thinking that I should remember not to use my facial buffer the other day. I had a wash this morning and did it without thinking.

I'm going to chuck the buffer away so this doesn't happen again! Hopefully the redness and spots will settle down in a few days.

FunBagFreddie Sun 04-Nov-12 12:33:33

Yeah, the spots are just like lots of little pimples under my skin, not large or anything.

cedge Sun 04-Nov-12 12:37:30

It has normally cleared up for me by the next day, as long as im not irriatating it with chemicals etc.
The glycolic cream is slowly increasing the turnover rate of your skin... so sometimes you might not think its doing so much.
When i used retin a, glycolic and vitamin c toner i used to use them mon - fri and have every weekend off, and it did a good job!
I have tried to rush things before and failed miserably.

cedge Sun 04-Nov-12 12:39:41

So long as you wash everything off later and just moisturise, your pores will clear and the bumps will go.
I have used jojoba oil for ages as a moisturiser and it does a good job of not clogging pores up.

FunBagFreddie Sun 04-Nov-12 12:45:50

Thanks for taking the time and trouble to explain this cedge!

I use an organic moisturiser and cleanser that are chemical free and just natural ingredients. I also have a really good all natural and organic makeup remover and I only use the natural mineral makeup.

I'll try some jojoba oil, as the products I use could well be clogging my pores even though they're natural, but my makeup doesn't contain nano particles, and is meant to just sit on top of my skin. I don't know how true that is though.

I'm going to try your routine of retin a, glycolic and vitamin c toner mon-fri if you don't mind. smile

cedge Sun 04-Nov-12 12:53:19

Im not too upon nano particles etc, i just think as basic as possible is better.
Your organic moisturiser might be fine depending on the ingredients (some oils clog very easily).
There is a science based rationale for using the products i did, but i will send you a private message for that as i dont want to write an essay here!

FunBagFreddie Sun 04-Nov-12 12:59:16

Thanks, as long as you don't mind though.

cedge Sun 04-Nov-12 13:00:43

I dont mind at all : )

cedge Sun 04-Nov-12 13:22:41

wont let me send private message! will try later

cedge Sun 04-Nov-12 13:24:22

sorry it has sent about five times!

FunBagFreddie Sun 04-Nov-12 16:22:04

Thanks for that. smile

I might have to message you a couple of questions, but will keep it brief.

Sadly, I'm actually working today, so it will have to be later. sad

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