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How to Remove Scars Fast Using Chemical Peel | Before & After

November 10, 2021


How to remove scars on legs fast with chemical peels, hi everyone in today’s video we’ll be covering the different strengths of peels and  the best peels for your skin concern or skin type  we’ll be looking at how I administer a chemical peel on my face and on my body what to do  before and after a peal and products that will  make your results ten times better number one, types, there are three main types of peels, light or superficial peels medium depth peels and deep peels for light peels they include glycolic acid 10 to 50 percent, lactic acid 10 to 30 percent,  mandelic acid 40 percent and salicylic acid 30 percent, these type of peels can be done at home but you need to have several sessions done before you see significant improvement, it removes the top layer but doesn’t penetrate as deep, next medium depth, these include glycolic acid 70 percent salicylic acid over 30 percent and TCA peal 30 to 50 percent, this is kind of a sweet spot for me  because it’s not a deep peel to where I  would burn myself but at the same time i can administer and see significant improvement because it penetrates much deeper than the epidermic, it goes to the dermis, at least the top layer of the dermis and it helps with pigmentation issues number three deep peels, these ones are hardcore these need  usually a physician not even a professional at the spot, they address anti-aging issues, pigmentation issues but like I mentioned they’re hardcore, they go deep deep into the dermis so be careful well you can’t even do it on your own, next the best chemical peels for your skin concern and or  your skin type so if you’re someone who has darker skin if you have dry skin if you have sensitive  skin you will benefit from using lactic acid and mandelic acid peels these peels are very gentle if  you have acne prone skin or oily skin salicylic acid or jessner peel are two peels that you will find very beneficial for glycolic acid that works  for all skin types but if you have super sensitive  skin you may want to avoid glycolic acid although it’s very effective and then if you have high  pigmentation peels such as TCA, VI peel, cosmelan are great peels.


Now onto demonstration i’m going  to be doing my face and my body, the products I’ll be using are gentle cleanser latex free  gloves alcohol wipes petroleum jelly to protect  chemical peels lactic acid glycolic acid TCA, I’m going to be using TCA for my legs and glycolic acid for  my elbows and lactic acid for my face, that’s my  bowl and my fan brush my moisturizer, my sunscreen, my cotton rounds and my body lotion, let’s go alright first I’m gonna be cleansing my face, all right so we can get a fresh palette, wipe it off I’m gonna be using alcohol wipes to remove any um residue and all and then I’m gonna be protecting with the petroleum jelly my eyes, my nose, my mouth now I’m gonna be taking the peel just using my fan brush to gently apply it all  over my face I’m using 25 percent lactic acid because I don’t want to burn myself, I generally don’t like  administering the peel on my face, when I do it has to be a light  peel, all right that’s it i’m  gonna time myself for this peel I waited about two minutes I believe and then I neutralize it with water, you can neutralize with baking soda as well and then I apply the moisturizer, a gel  moisturizer so it can soothe my skin and after my moisturizer, I applied a sunscreen next, I’m going to be demonstrating how I apply  it on my legs, I’m doing the same thing cleansing my skin all right I’m going to be using a TCA peel  30% I wouldn’t try this on my face at home, I’m just so scared I don’t want to burn my skin and I use tretinoin anyway so I try to stay away from um strong peels on my face all  right I’m applying it on my leg generally, TCA peel can be applied onto so you  can use three for about four layers actually in this video I only did two layers and I still got some peeling and that’s it plan it all over this is the first layer, I’m gonna come back for a second later, my problem area is my feet really just really got dark so I’m trying to treat that, if you look at my legs you can see some spots that  are still fading but my legs have come a long way for sure all right here I’m just neutralizing the peel although TCA peels self-neutralize so you don’t even need to neutralize them and then I’m applying a soothing body lotion on my legs yeah and that is it for the legs.


Next, what you do before and after a peel. Before the peel, if you go see a specialist or physician they’re gonna have you stop exfoliating one week before your chemical peels, first they’re gonna take your medical history if everything’s fine and they’ll have you stop exfoliating one week before at least one week or about a week before your chemical peel they would also have you stop things like retinoids pigment lighteners and acne medication because these things impact how your skin tolerates the peel right and last products to use to make your results 10  times better if you go see a dermatologist, for example, to get a chemical peel they would put you on retinoids and/or pigment lighteners for four to six weeks before your chemical peel. These medications will help speed up your results right and also as a safety measure things like retinoids help the healing process so when you get a chemical peel it’s kind of like lifting I don’t  know like a sheet almost so when your skin peels, then you see fresh new skin. Retinoids and pigment lighteners have been working behind the scenes to ensure that there’s no reproduction of melanin and the skin heals quickly right my friends thank you so much for watching I have one question for you what is your most concerning skin issue these days I want  to hear them leave them in the comments section thank you so much for watching I appreciate you all I hope you have a great great week ahead.



▶Tretinoin https://thepigmentedlife.com/product-links/

► Hydroquinone https://thepigmentedlife.com/product-links/

▶ Azelaic acid https://thepigmentedlife.com/product-links/


Chemical Peels

▶ TCA https://bit.ly/3zBlpWq – TCA https://bit.ly/3EHAAif

▶ Glycolic acid https://bit.ly/3GNt3QT -Glycolic acid https://bit.ly/3EHGZtM -Glycolic acid https://bit.ly/3ECibDE

▶ Salicylic acid https://bit.ly/3bxRPGz – Salicylic acid https://bit.ly/3ByYwCN

▶ Lactic acid https://bit.ly/3bB2qjU -Lactic Acid https://amzn.to/3cmOcUJ

▶ Mandelic acid https://bit.ly/3q1NSSY – Mandelic acid https://amzn.to/3cmp40g

▶ Jessner’s peel https://bit.ly/3ByYwCN


Products Used for Chemical Peel Demo

1. Cleanser

2. Latex-free gloves

3. Alcohol Wipes

4. Petroleum jelly

6. Chemical peels:

Lactic acid 25%,

TCA peel 30%

Glycolic acid 35%

7. Cotton rounds

8. Moisturizer

9. Sunscreen

10. Body lotion

AHAs Alpha Arbutin Azelaic acid Hyperpigmentation Kojic acid Kojic Acid Soap Retinoids Tranexamic acid Tretinoin

How to Use Hydroquinone & Azelaic Acid Properly For Best Effect

September 21, 2021

Hi everyone, in this video, I discuss the best way to apply your creams in order to achieve the best results/effect. After this video, you will learn how to tackle your pigmentation issues once and for all using hydroquinone or azelaic acid.

Products Mentioned

▶Tretinoin: https://thepigmentedlife.com/product-links/

▶Retinol: https://amzn.to/3lBHsG0

▶Adapalene: https://amzn.to/3tY7ZkP

▶Exfoliants: Glycolic Acid https://amzn.to/2XvkuIo Mandelic Acid https://amzn.to/3EBhv2k

▶Hydroquinone: https://thepigmentedlife.com/product-links/

▶Azelaic Acid: https://thepigmentedlife.com/product-links/

▶Kojic Acid (soaps): Kojic acid soaps: https://amzn.to/3fQqwJa OR https://amzn.to/3av6alR

▶Kojic acid (cream) Skincareex: https://bit.ly/2WjufFS Kojic acid (cream) Okdermo: https://bit.ly/2KwCEmr

▶Sunscreen: https://amzn.to/2XBWOCp 

Recommended video: Post-inflammatory Hyperpigmentation | How to Get Rid of Mosquito Bites Scars & Dark Spots on Legs! https://youtu.be/s2ol0eikpZE

AHAs Alpha Arbutin Azelaic acid Cyspera Hyperpigmentation Kojic acid Kojic Acid Soap Niacinamide Retinoids Tranexamic acid Tretinoin

Dark Marks: Combining These Two Ingredients is so Powerful

September 21, 2021

In this post, Kay (IG: @Kaygebeauty) and I discuss the importance of combining skincare Ingredients when it comes to hyperpigmentation, and which ones to combine. For example, azelaic acid and retinol, niacinamide and retinol, hydroquinone and tretinoin, kojic acid and glycolic acid, tranexamic acid, arbutin, and more.

Products Mentioned

• Kojic acid (cream) Skincareex: https://bit.ly/2WjufFS

• Kojic acid (cream) Okdermo: https://bit.ly/2KwCEmr

• Kojic Acid (soaps):  https://amzn.to/3fQqwJa OR https://amzn.to/3av6alR

• Tretinoin: https://thepigmentedlife.com/product-links/

• Glycolic acid cream: https://bit.ly/3jJhX4Z

• Hydroquinone: https://thepigmentedlife.com/product-links/

• Azelaic acid https://bit.ly/3CPXHHs OR https://thepigmentedlife.com/product-links/

• Cyspera (cysteamine): https://lddy.no/yutj

• Kojic acid, Arbutin & Glycolic acid (demelan): https://bit.ly/3AqHV3D

• Tranexamic acid: https://paulachoiceusca.l3km.net/oen13O OR https://fxo.co/CbLh 


Recommended Post: Dark Marks: How Long Does it Take Skincare to Work:  https://bit.ly/3tWSPMw

AHAs Alpha Arbutin Azelaic acid Chemical Peel Hyperpigmentation Kojic acid Tranexamic acid Tretinoin

Dark Marks: How Long Does it Take Skincare to Work

August 29, 2021

Dark Marks: How Long Does it Take Skincare to Work

Dark marks can be tough to treat, but did you know that you can effectively get rid of dark spots/marks very fast? It just would require more from you.

We will cover:

  1. Well-known pigment lighteners and how long they take to work
  2. Treatments like chemical peels and lasers and how long those take to work.
  3. Combinations of both topicals and treatments and how long the combo takes to work.
  4. Factors that influence how quickly or slowly your spots fade.

Rule of Thumb

If you’re consistent with your skincare, it can take 1-3 months on the face and 3-6 months on the body to get rid of dark spots/marks. This difference in timeframe is because the skin on your body is much thicker than on your face. If you do nothing, it can take years, especially as an adult. Your skin cells aren’t turning over as quickly as they used to be when you were younger. So, don’t go looking at yourself in the mirror after one week of using your skincare product.

That said, are there products that can show results in 7 days? Yes! But those products usually contain steroids or mercury. Steroids thin the skin after prolonged use, and mercury is toxic.

Pigment Lighteners: how long they take to show improvement/work

  • Tretinoin 4 weeks
  • Hq 4-8% 1-3 months
  • Azelaic acid 20% 1-3 months 
  • 4% HQ and tretinoin 4-12 weeks
  • Azelaic acid 20% and glycolic acid 12 weeks 
  • Kojic acid 12 weeks
  • Alpha arbutin 12 weeks
  • Kojic acid, arbutin and glycolic acid 4 weeks
  • Tranexamic acid 4-12 weeks
  • AHAs 12 weeks
  • Vitamin c (if you get a good one) 3- 2 months
  • Niacinamide (I honestly don’t rely on this alone to treat my hyperpigmentation unless it’s been combined with vitamin c, kojic acid, aha, or retinoid) 8-12 weeks
  • Combination (topicals and laser or peel): 6-8 weeks (favorite method for stubborn spots, also more cost-effective than relying on treatments alone)
  • Chemical peel (depending on the depth of the peel) after 3- 6 treatments (cosmelan)
  • Laser (picosure): After 3-4 treatments (These treatments are spaced about by at least 2 to 4 weeks, or sometimes as long as 8 weeks if you have sensitive skin or a darker complexion).

Influencing Factors 

  • How deep the hyperpigmentation is (when it comes to the seriousness of hyperpigmentation, there are two types: epidermal and dermal pigmentation)
  • Consistency
  • Skin types/genes
  • Your average daily sun exposure 


Be honest, how long do you give your skincare products before you start losing hope?


Recommended post: 4 Best Ways to Remove Scars from Legs Fast https://bit.ly/2UWo1yt

Products Featured

▶ Tretinoin https://thepigmentedlife.com/product-links/

▶ Kojic acid soap https://amzn.to/3fQqwJa OR  https://amzn.to/3av6alR

▶ Glycolic acid https://amzn.to/3sTpQJj

▶ Lactic acid https://amzn.to/3zbJRgt

▶ Mandelic Acid https://amzn.to/3moAOoD


Spot Lighteners:

▶Hydroquinone https://thepigmentedlife.com/product-links/

▶Azelaic acid https://bit.ly/3CPXHHs

▶Kojic acid, Arbutin & Glycolic acid (demelan) https://bit.ly/3AqHV3D

▶Glycolic acid cream https://bit.ly/3jJhX4Z

▶Tranexamic acid https://paulachoiceusca.l3km.net/oen13O OR https://fxo.co/CbLh

▶Vitamin c https://amzn.to/2VGuXjg


Chemical Peels

▶ TCA https://bit.ly/3zBlpWq – TCA 20% https://www.dpbolvw.net/click-100428206-13267921

▶ Glycolic acid https://www.kqzyfj.com/click-100428206-13267954 – Glycolic acid 70% https://www.dpbolvw.net/click-100428206-12783128

▶ Lactic acid https://amzn.to/3cmOcUJ

▶ Mandelic acid https://amzn.to/3cmp40g


Sources (not formatted)




Hyperpigmentation book: Hyperpigmentation 1st Edition by Dimitris Rigopoulos (Editor), Alexander C. Katoulis

Cosmetic Dermatology for Skin of Color by Murad AlamSimon YooRoopal Kundu, et al.





AHAs Alpha Arbutin Body Lotion Chemical Peel Cyspera Hydroquinone Hyperpigmentation on Body Hyperpigmentation on Face Kojic acid Kojic Acid Soap Retinoids Tranexamic acid Tretinoin Vitamin C

My Skin is Getting Darker for no Reason (how to fix it)

August 10, 2021


I went through a phase of my life where I had a lot on my plate. So, I stumbled upon this Adderall-like pill that was supposed to help me juggle it all and decided to give it a go. The medication was supposed to make you superhuman-kinda like the guy in limitless, but that pill was bad news. Not only did it stress out my entire being & mess up my health, but I watched my skin get darker even though I was maintaining the same skincare routine. It all came down to one major habit: not getting enough sleep. So bad habits and not getting enough sleep can affect your appearance and cause your skin to get darker. That’s point number 1

Number 2 – Sun exposure

When I was younger, I thought it was a brilliant idea to study outside. Then, I wasn’t well educated on the harmful effects of the sun, so I would apply creams, including a cream as strong as hydroquinone, and then go and sit outside all afternoon. Not only did my spots take longer to fade, but my skin got darker even though I was diligent with my skincare routine. So frequent sun exposure can cause your skin to get darker.

Number 3 – Sunscreen

On more than one occasion, I’ve had someone tell me that they think that their sunscreen is making them darker. What is that all about? I’ve read that if your sunscreen stresses your skin, it can cause your skin to get darker. The critical ingredient that is at the root of this stress is oxybenzone. Thankfully, In recent times though, many brands have started avoiding this ingredient and not including it in their sunscreen. Another potential cause of your skin getting darker after applying sunscreen is white cast. This effect is prevalent with a lot of mineral sunscreens. Mineral sunscreens usually contain zinc oxide or titanium dioxide; these ingredients leave a white cast on the skin. Over time that white cast turns grey, and the result is your skin looking darker because it has this grey cast over it (I learned this from a fellow YouTuber, Chuks )

Number 4 – Another cause is your skincare products. 

Sometimes brands change the formulation of their products, and when you restock and continue using the product, as usual, you realize it’s no longer “giving what it was supposed to give” (credit: rolling ray). For some reason, it no longer has that brightening effect it had before.

Number 5 – Not being consistent with your routine or trying a new skincare product.

Life happens, you get overwhelmed, and then suddenly you slack on your skincare routine. This can cause your skin to get darker because whatever was causing your skin to be bright and vibrant, you’re no longer feeding it to your skin. Another one is trying a new skincare product. If you notice that your skin has gotten darker since adding a new skincare product, that could signify that your skin is not happy with that product. It could be irritating your skin, and it could be clashing with another product you’re using. 

Number 6 – Skincare Products and factors that cause the skin to get darker 

First, no one maintains the same skin tone throughout the years, but some things can accelerate the process, such as environmental conditions, and stress levels. Photosensitive skincare products can cause your skin to get darker when you apply it and expose yourself to the sun without protection—examples: AHA, BHA, Retinoids, benzoyl peroxide, fruit enzymes.


Now let’s address this common question.

 Why is my face darker than my body?

All the reasons mentioned above apply here, but there are some additional causative factors. They include medications you’re taking (e.g., non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, amiodarone, and cytotoxic drugs), if you have an autoimmune disease, if you are experiencing hormonal changes and your genetics.


Skincare ingredients and habits that can brighten up the skin

Kojic acid: Kojic acid soap, kojivit cream, kojic acid serums

Combining tretinoin with your skin brightening products

Some vitamin c serums, and alpha arbutin, AHAs, sunscreen. 

Habits: Avoiding the sun, getting 8 hrs of sound sleep, limiting your sugar intake, and eating fruits and vegetables that brighten the skin, such as strawberries, orange, grapefruit, lemon, eggs, avocado, pineapple, tomatoes, walnuts, spinach, turmeric.



Do you already eat any of the skin brightening foods mentioned?  Let me know which ones in the comment section. 


Products mentioned

▶ Kojic Acid Soaps https://amzn.to/3fQqwJa


▶ Kojic acid (cream) Skincareex: bit.ly/2WjufFS Okdermo: bit.ly/2KwCEmr

▶Kojic acid serum (GOW)

▶Tretinoin https://thepigmentedlife.com/product-links/

▶Hydroquinone https://bit.ly/3nhCxtA

▶Menotone http://rsskincare.com/2x-menotone-face-cream/

▶Vitamin c https://amzn.to/2VGuXjg

▶Demelan – Arbutin https://bit.ly/3AqHV3D

▶The Ordinary – Arbutin https://bit.ly/2U3aXqy

▶Glycolic acid Cream https://bit.ly/3jJhX4Z

▶Sunscreen https://amzn.to/3jL4byO 

Recommended Video: Tretinoin Before and After – Results of Using for 3 Months https://youtu.be/rQKXYg8LPqA