The appearance of 57-year-old pop star Cyndi Lauper's raw, red skin in paparazzi photos racing around the net today is probably the result of a professional chemical peel.

Chemical peels, also known as skin peel or derma-peel, has been around for ages. Many women get the treatment to soften and improve blemishes, skin spots, scars, wrinkles and the hard lines that appear in their faces as they get older.

Chemical peels have also been applied to treat severe acne in teens and young adults. The process uses a strong acidic (and non-acidic) chemical to strip away the damaged layers of the skin.

Increasingly, African American women are applying chemical skin peels at home to improve Hyperpigmentation, the skin damage caused by the sun.

Many black women complain of facial skin that is several shades darker than their necks and chests. This is caused by years of early exposure to the sun's UV-rays which significantly darkens our skin. This darkening of the skin can also lead to skin cancer among black women.

Chemical peels improves hyperpigmentation in African American women by lifting the layers of dead skin to reveal soft, smooth, lighter skin underneath. Even after successful skin peel treatment, many black women must apply a high SPF lotion or cream to their skin for the rest of their lives to prevent the sun's UV-rays from damaging their skin again.

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The most popular chemical peels include Phenol, trichloroacetic acid (TCA) and alphahydroxy acids (AHAs).

AHAs such as Mandelic acid, Salicylic Acid and Lactic acid, etc., are gentle enough to use at home. These products are sold over the counter under various brand names.

The most aggressive of the mild AHAs is Glycolic acid which is available for home use in various strengths. Glycolic acid works by going under the skin's outer layer (epidermis) and destroying the glue that holds dead skin cells together. This results in layers of dead skin peeling away from your face hours after application. It can be a startling experience if you are a first time user of glycolic acid.

The strongest of the AHAs is TCA (TriChloroacetic Acid). TCA works by penetrating the outer layer of your skin and going deep into the upper dermis layer to produce significant improvement in skin conditions. Even though TCA is available over the counter, it is NOT advised that you apply TCA acid at home if you're a first time user.

For the first few days following a TCA skin peel treatment, you will look like someone splashed caustic acid in your face. Cyndi Lauper probably had a TCA skin peel.

Stores will sell you TCA and tell you that the results will be amazing, but TCA is considered a "medical grade" skin peel and should only be applied by a trained esthetician or licensed skin care professional.

Spas and salons charge anywhere from $200 - $2,000 for a single chemical peel treatment.


DISCLAIMER:
Any medical information published on this blog is not intended as a substitute for informed medical advice and you should not take any action before consulting with your personal physician or a health care provider.

You should do extensive research before deciding to perform a chemical peel at home.

More Info On the Web

Home Chemical Peel - Makeup Artists Choice

Sun Tips for African American Women - More.com

Sun Damaged African American Skin - Skin Care Guide

  • yvonne79

    What the hell happened to Cyndi?? :shocked:

  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=feMJefcB36U kingstonn

    OMG, she looks like a callus! :blink:

  • StillASassyOne

    Yeah- I get a peel done about once every three months, and mine is a TCA peel.

    However, I pay the $175/visit to get it done by a trained dermatologist. And it does look a bit nasty for the 3-6th day afterwards when your skin is peeling off in large sections. (It looks gross and i have a bad habit of pulling the skin off manually instead of just letting it fall off- you are NOT supposed to do that.)

    Nonetheless- look at her in about a week! Her skin will be fresh and smooth like a baby's bottom! :yes:

  • prynsexxx

    Is she too old for Proactive?

  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=feMJefcB36U kingstonn

    @ sassy

    what do you get them done for?
    the strongest thing that touches my skin is this Proactiv astringent i buy for $19.

  • StillASassyOne

    @Prynsexx

    Proactive just treats acne. Peels remove age spots, blemishes, scars (from acne as well), and other things.

    It's much more effective all around than proactive.

  • jazi65

    I will age gracefully before I walk around looking like post mortem.

  • StillASassyOne

    @Kingston

    Tryna remove a small scar on my face from childhood and trying to even my skin tone just a tad. I have a few spots on my face that are 2-3 shades darker on one side of my face- (I'm guessing from it being the side nearest the window when I drive) and I wanted to fix that.

    I use bleach cream on the spots along with the peels. Much better now!

  • KDub

    Please God let just be an after-peel issue for Cyndi and nothing serious. LAWRD...I am a huge fan...

    (Puts her version of "You've Really Gotta Hold On Me" on my mp3 player...)

  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tKKxPtP6XjQ renegadesince1985

    I get chemical peels probably 2-3 times a year. When I started the Depo shot my face broke out and left these marks in my face but like Sassy said the peels + some skin lightener spot treatment will get rid of those. Mine are just about gone! :yahoo:

  • http://twitter.com/_imOther_ Mamacita

    Hyperpigmentation is the devil! Every time I get a blemish it leaves a dark spot on my face :mad:

    I want to try peels but I don't want to look like that ^^^^^ :no:

  • Dawn

    I'll stick to Oil of Olay face wash, toner, mositurizer and drinking an ass load of water a day...

    I actually fear foundation I feel like people become dependant on it...

  • StillASassyOne

    @Sandra-

    Can we get a post on Diddy & Ricky Bras, supposedly dropping a million at the King of Diamonds strip club on Sunday night?!

    I want to know why wasn't I invited?! I don't strip (often), but I will drop it, make it clap, swirl it around, touch the ground with it, p-pop on a handstand AND slide somebody's EBT card down the crack of my azz for just 1/10th of what they was throwing out the other night!

    DAMN! I always miss my call!

  • ATL_Reese

    I think all women should just be happy how God made you.. Own it!!!

  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=feMJefcB36U kingstonn

    Sassy,

    Ambi works just as great.
    I promise... :cry:

  • http://myspace.com/thegameoncw Bird

    Sandra hyperpigmentation is not skin damage caused by the sun. It is the darkening of the skin that occurs for a variety of reasons such as the mark a scar leaves. It really sounds to me like you are justifying black women getting skin peels for their "sun damaged skin." How often does the sun damage our skin? Are you down with this for cosmetic reasons? Are you on some Michael Jackson mess? Do you want to do this and start looking like that ghostly reggae dude or Sammy Sosa? This story didn't sit well with me my sister. You are beautiful.

  • yvonne79

    @renegadesince1985/StillASassyOne: Does your face look like Cyndi's in the picture though? Or does look worse because she has a fair complexion? Just trying to gain some understanding.....

  • http://twitter.com/_imOther_ Mamacita

    @Sassy I saw that somewhere! Who in the hell just blows 1 mill at a strip club though!?! I don't get it!

    I wonder how many charities they've given 1 million dollars to :think:

  • Iblondon

    I remember some years ago a Brazilian woman was walking around like her face was recently burnt. People were staring at her, but it took a child to say, "what happen to your face" and that's when she told people she had a chemical peel and it's good for the skin. I agree Sandra, most black women faces are darker than the rest of the body, especially the part that's covered, but I find that black soap even out my skin drastically.

  • StillASassyOne

    @Kingston

    Tried Nadinola & AMBI for a year first before starting the pills- NOTHING.

    @Yvonne
    Cyndi's is much worse because her skin is much more fair. Mine honestly just looks like a darker layer of skin is peeling off in large sections. I'm not red and blotchy afterwards like she is though. :no:

  • http://twitter.com/_Tainted_Love Tainted_Love

    @Dawn I agree.
    I could never see myself getting a chemical peel. (Even though I am only 20 and can't tell what my skin will look like in the future) I'll continue my daily use of Neutrogena Morning Burst, Peppermint Soap and black head removers. I'm to scared to try anything!

  • yvonne79

    @Dawn: I also use Oil of Olay and have used it since I was 13 yrs old. My mother as well as my grandmother swears by it. They both have beautiful skin so I said "hey, why not?".....

  • Dawn

    ATL_Reese says:

    I think all women should just be happy how God made you.. Own it!!!

    __________

    Yep... I love absolutely every inco of me! I remember growing up I was teased about my full lips.. now people pay to have soup coolers. I was teased for having big boobs now people pay and die for implants....

  • StillASassyOne

    #20

    should be "peels", not "pills".

  • http://www.myspace.com/importantblackwomen Necelove

    @Sassy...I got the TCA peel 25% in 2007. I know what your saying about picking with it. I was devestated. But the next week my skin looked great. It erased old acne scars from a teenager and smooth me out like the bottom of a baby's foot. I got it done again 2010. My skin looks lovely. Followed up with Obagi 6 step as regular maintenence, I don't think I'll need another one till I get deep in my forties....if that.

  • Daisy

    Bless her red faced heart

  • momo

    What is a really good product for acne that is over the counter?? For colored skin that is...

    Proactive isn't effective in my opinion. Any suggestions??

  • ladybug1010

    Oh my goodness!!

  • StillASassyOne

    @Mamacita

    I don't know!! But I'm wondering if I had just straight walked up on them and said: "hey- I'm working on my master's but need 80K to finish my program, could you help me out?" Would they have handed over the money as freely as they were doing because some half-naked women were gyrating in their faces?

    I find it disgusting in a way and really indicative of what happens to the money we put in these losers pockets.

  • http://twitter.com/_Tainted_Love Tainted_Love

    @Kingston Yes! Ambi works great it removed the dark spots left from bigger childhood scars

  • yvonne79

    @SASO: Thanks for clearing that up forme. I was just looking at Cyndi's face imaging if the process was painful and if you had to go into hiding for 3-5 days until everything heals.

  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tKKxPtP6XjQ renegadesince1985

    @Yvonne

    I've never tried the TCA one...I've gotten the less abrasive glycolic peel...my face is a little red after, but nothing compared to Cyndi's. :nono:

  • yvonne79

    Daisy says:
    Bless her red faced heart
    February 1, 2011 at 11:36 am
    *******************
    That damn Daisy! :lol:

  • Daisy

    Anybody tried laser hair removal before?

  • StillASassyOne

    @LB

    I've never tried black soap but I am very cautious about what goes on my skin because it is very sensitive. (I break out from somebody's dirty hands touching me. :nono:)

    @Nece
    I've been getting them every 2 1/2 -3 months for a year now. They've really helped. I look a mess for the 3rd-6th day after it, but by day 7- my skin is GLOWING and I love it!

    @Bird
    Chemical peels will not give you the same results Sammy Sosa has. It's not about trying to make yourself lighter at all. Sammy uses some kind of super-duper-extra-strength bleaching cream because peels at normal intervals like a dermatologist recommends, would NEVER do that! So its definitely not a "lighter is righter" procedure like you're thinking.

  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2IkBBTOhfCQ YSoSerious

    I'll pass on the chemical peels, Auntie. Thanks for the info though. :coffee:

  • Phrozen1der

    This shyt scary as hell.... Skin falling off for a week..hell to the naw.. Bish get out my house, out my bed,hell outta my life!!!!! :rofl:

  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tKKxPtP6XjQ renegadesince1985

    @Momo

    I've tried Murad or Philosopy and I've had good results. ProActive doesn't work...well not for me at least.

    @Bird

    Chemical peels are an entirely different thing than what sammy sosa does to his skin. Chemical peels removes hyperpigmentation...it DOES NOT lighten your whole skin complexion nor change the way you look.

  • StillASassyOne

    @Rene

    I've a glycolic and TCA peels. I liked both, but I think the TCA peel is a bit more effective faster when used in conjunction with the bleach cream to spot treat.

    @Yvonne
    No- you don't have to go into hiding. Just keep moisturizer and sun screen on your face afterwards and don't pick like I do!! and it'll be fine. No one really noticed my skin was coming off until I kept messing with it.

    A little makeup will blend it in as well. But I would go to a dermatologist and talk with them about it first to give you a better idea of the results and drawbacks you could expect to see with it. Your skin might not fall off like mine did. :rofl:

  • luv

    anything product with the word chemical in it cant be good for you whats the long term affects of putting acid on your face, we really should stick too natural products, drink lots of water dont stress and eat right

  • http://www.myspace.com/importantblackwomen Necelove

    @Momo....the best thing out there is Obagi. Google it up. Couldn't find nothing for years. Been using Obagi for 4 years. I never break out. Proactiv need to close down, it doesn't work.

    @Daisy....Yes Gurl....Got mines lasered to into a small heart shape. Hair doesn't grown back after the 3rd one. Exfoliate daily and keep it movin.....lol Love It.

  • yvonne79

    @Sassy/Rene: So, with someone who has a discolored face; meaning their forehead,cheeks and chin are three different shades of brown, would a chemical peel "even" them out?

  • StillASassyOne

    @Yvonne

    I would think a few rounds of a strong chemical peel (probably a TCA) would.

    You may have to do it 6 times and do the cream in conjunction, but you should see a drastic change in before you started the peels and afterward.

    @Nece
    What'd you get lasered? And it stopped coming back completely after the third time? I was interested in the laser hair removal but it cost a lotta damn $$ per treatment especially for where I wanted the hair removal! :rofl:

  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tKKxPtP6XjQ renegadesince1985

    @Yvonne

    It should..depending on the severity of the discoloration....it might take a few treatments. I've had 3 and my marks (including a scar from a car accident) are almost gone. Talk to a dermatologist though and they will be able to point you in the right direction.

  • http://myspace.com/thegameoncw Bird

    StillASassyOne says:

    @Bird
    Chemical peels will not give you the same results Sammy Sosa has. It’s not about trying to make yourself lighter at all. Sammy uses some kind of super-duper-extra-strength bleaching cream because peels at normal intervals like a dermatologist recommends, would NEVER do that! So its definitely not a “lighter is righter” procedure like you’re thinking.

    ******************************

    I get that from what you guys are saying, but I didn't get it from the story which started out with Sandra giving a less than acurate description of what hyperpigmentation was. What it sounds like she is describing is a tan. You guys are talking about scars, acne and well...hyperpigmentation. I know plenty of folks who struggle with bad skin and they try everything and nothing works. I have a couple of friends who have acne so bad that they have the craters. How do you deal with that?

  • yvonne79

    Thanks ladies!!

  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EWW5NhVpi_U Man, I just don’t care™

    I ain't know yt women got this. Thought it would be too rough on their skin. :think:

    I know a lot of sistas that get this and they skin looks good. :shrugs:
    Nothing wrong with a sista enhances and improvin they flaws.

  • http://myspace.com/thegameoncw Bird

    Necelove says:

    Got mines lasered to into a small heart shape. Hair doesn’t grown back after the 3rd one. Exfoliate daily and keep it movin…..lol Love It.
    **********************************

    Are you talking about the bikini area? How much did it cost? How much would it be to do both arm pits? I've been thinking about it for a while now.

  • Mr.BluPhi

    Damn Cyn....she's looks GOD awful

    I started doin a little study on Melanin, but i stopped. I will say that African Americans better love their dark skin. It's power in dark skin. I won't go off on my tangent.

  • StillASassyOne

    @Yvonne

    No problem!! Let us know how it goes!

    @Bird
    I'm not sure about craters- they say that some peels fix that too, but I'm not positive on it. You may want to talk to a dermatologist about laser skin resurfacing and see what they say about it. I know that can do it because they actually burn the top layer of skin off, but I've never inquired about it.

  • http://www.myspace.com/importantblackwomen Necelove

    @Sassy...I got a complete brazilian 4 years ago. It haven't grew back. Yeah it cost me. I just maintain my heart.....lol I'm over here crackin up. I can't believe on here talkin bout this. But yeah.. I have no complaints. Everyting looks great.

  • http://myspace.com/thegameoncw Bird

    Man, I just don't care™ says:

    I ain’t know yt women got this. Thought it would be too rough on their skin.

    I know a lot of sistas that get this and they skin looks good.
    Nothing wrong with a sista enhances and improvin they flaws.
    **************************************

    Sandra, you need a double take emoticon.

    Look here imposter, get off man's computer before I call the law!

  • yallcrazy

    My 2 cents: Meaningful Beauty works good. This is the product that Cindy Crawford is the spokesperson for. I've been using it for a year now. I love it! It's cheaper now too.

  • http://www.myspace.com/importantblackwomen Necelove

    @Bird..Yes a brazilian, arm pits and permanent eyebrow shapping ran me $700.

  • momo

    Necelove says:

    @Momo….the best thing out there is Obagi. Google it up. Couldn’t find nothing for years. Been using Obagi for 4 years. I never break out. Proactiv need to close down, it doesn’t work.

    @NECELOVE do you get a full kit? or what exactly do you use from the line?

  • momo

    @NECELOVE and I see that you have to order it through a dermatologist?

  • Daisy

    Thanks :lol: at heart shaped

  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2IkBBTOhfCQ YSoSerious

    :lol: @ Bird

  • StillASassyOne

    @Nece

    WOW! And you paid that whole $700 three times and it just stopped?

    Hmmm....think I may wanna look into this laser hair removal again....

  • Phrozen1der

    I have to scroll straight to the comments, I'd be scared as hell if I saw her with flapping skin.... :hurl:

  • NunyaBizniz

    Daisy says:
    Bless her red faced heart
    ---------------------------------
    :lol: where have you been my whole life?

  • http://www.myspace.com/importantblackwomen Necelove

    @Momo....I use the full 6 step kit. But by me using it for so long now. I just use #3 Clear and #4 Exfoliate and #5 blender, three times a week. If you do decide to get it and try it, you'll look how yo skin transforms in to a youthful glow in 4 months naturally and it stays that way. It's expensive but its well worth it.

  • http://www.myspace.com/importantblackwomen Necelove

    @Momo....No you don't here's the link. I buy it once a year.

    http://www.facemedix.com/servlet/the-185/Obagi-Nu-dsh-Derm-Starter-Set/Detail

  • momo

    @NECELOVE so you have to go through a dermatologist to order it? You have me really interested in trying this product! lol

  • http://www.myspace.com/importantblackwomen Necelove

    @momo....no prescription from a dermatologist. Go to facemedix.com and get the starter kit for 299. much cheaper from when I started.

  • wiggy2272003

    @tainted love do you use Dr Bronners peppermint soap? That's what I use and it's the best stuff. I use it all over, monkey had to get used to the tingle but I swear by that stuff. I use that and raw shea butter

    but being about to be 41 I'm gonna check out neceloves stuff. Girl you know your stuff.

  • JazzyKey

    I also do chemical peels the gycolic one, I haven't moved up to the TCA, I can imagine that it must burn real bad. But the treatments do smooth the skin out, and get rid of spots. Can you all tell me how to put a profile pic up?

  • wiggy2272003

    btw SR salicylic is NOT an AHA its a BHA and is used for acne more than peels. It's the active medicine in wart and corn remover type medicines. My grandmother always told all of us if we had a bump, corn, mole, or wart anything like that to get rid of it to crush an aspirin and mix it with lemon juice and put it on till it was gone. I found out later this is salicylic acid.

  • wiggy2272003

    Also why would she not wear some shades and a scarf????????? She lives in NY dumb cold right now needs to do like Amber and Bey yesterday big oversize fur hat, big shades, wouldn't have been so noticeable. Still love ya Cyndi

  • vetta

    Wow @Cyndi Lauper :blink:

  • GoldenGurl

    :blink: Cyndi looks good with makeup, but without...damn. :blink: