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Retinol then a glycolic acid peel gave me hyperpigmentation

Retinol then a glycolic acid peel gave me hyperpigmentation

I started using Simplicité seven years ago to treat the hyperpigmentation I got from using retinol, which made my skin sun sensitive - I would never, ever use retinol again!⁣

The Simplicite hyperpigmentation routine successfully faded that retinol damage and I've loved my skin for years. Now though I have to start again, all because a glycolic acid face peel was forced on me.

What happened: I decided to treat myself to an ‘anti-ageing’ facial at a clinic I hadn’t been to before. Without any warning the therapist put a glycolic acid chemical peel on my face (a chemical peel hadn't been mentioned in the anti-ageing facial info!)

I was a bit worried but she assured me it was gentle and there would be no flaking. 

⁣I panicked when I got home as I already saw some hyperpigmentation come through. 

Some recent IVF treatments I’d had combined with the harsh WA sun had caused a very small bit of hyperpigmentation. ⁣⁣

But I was shocked that one chemical peel could give me this hyperpigmentation problem, just as using retinol did years before.

Now I have to be even more careful in the sun and even more diligent with applying my Simplicité products to try and get rid of this new hyperpigmentation problem.”

Renee Furneyvall 
WA

Getting off the retinoid rollercoaster

Brighter skin without using retinol

I have tried my fair share of retinoids over the years – off and on.

Usually, I’d seek out a dermatologist and he or she would prescribe a cream containing tretinoin.

And for a while I’d have hopes of reversing the damage caused by the sun and my ever-busy sebaceous glands.

Oily skin is a blessing and a curse. I have virtually no laugh lines after 50 years of good humour, but the flipside is enlarged pores, a dull surface and acne scarring.

Retinoids speed up cell renewal. And, yes, I did notice my skin soften and brighten initially using the prescribed stuff.

But as the weeks and months wore on, my skin would become redder and drier. Eventually, I’d fall out of love with the prescribed cream and switch to something over-the-counter instead.

Then years later, I’d become frustrated by the pharmacy products and seek a referral to another dermatologist.

The older I got, the more uneasy I felt about the retinoid rollercoaster I was on.

For starters, there was the long list of warnings inside the box the cream came in.

And I had to declare my retinoid use whenever I had my brows done, in case the wax removed a few layers of skin (what an off-putting thought!).

Plus, I began to wonder just how long this cell renewal business could go on. Was it endless, or was I wrecking my skin? Would I pay for my vanity in later life?

Then a year ago, at age 49, I stumbled upon the Simplicité range quite by accident.

Robin had read something I’d written online and tracked me down to ask whether I could write a blog post for her. Naturally, I had to try the range first.

The first product to win me over was the Plant Gel Cleanser. I was amazed to find it worked more efficiently to clean my skin of oil and make-up than any cleanser I’d known. Yet it was so gentle that my skin didn’t feel it had been stripped of its protective layer.

Exfoliation is key to generating cell turnover. So, I added the One Step Exfoliating Cleanser (which I use as the second part of my evening double cleanse) and once or twice a week I’ll use the Rosehip and Lavender Complexion Refiner – a mask that sets before being rubbed off.

Freshly exfoliated skin will soak up the goodness of what is applied next. A tiny amount of Sage Face Oil mixed with a squirt of Hydrating Floral Toning Lotion and applied straight after a shower makes my face feel supple and youthful. I lock in that moisture with Oil Controlled Day Creme and top with sunscreen.

And I’m ready for my day, smelling earthy and naturally fragrant like I’ve been plucked from the garden.

Most of all, I feel like I’ve been kind to myself.

The carefully sourced (medicinal grade), organic ingredients in Simplicité's range have a wholesome integrity you can feel and smell straight away. 

I still have to avoid the sun, but only because I live in Queensland and it’s the skin cancer capital of the world. Not because I’m trying to cheat the inevitability of ageing with punishing formulas.

Twelve months later, my skin has a glow I haven’t seen for 30 years.

Sharon Doyle, 50
Brisbane QLD 

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