The perfect little problem solver? Or the nightmare mistake you wish you hadn't tried?
Before trying this product almost a year ago I knew very little about it having had it recommended by a friend. All I was after was a quick cure for my blemish prone skin having tried everything else on the market and none of it working. I purchased my Panoxyl at a local Boots pharmacy and was asked which percentage I wanted. Wanting my skin to clear up in the fastest time possible I opted for the highest percentage 10%- mistake number one.
After applying to clean skin I put it on the affected areas. Almost instantly my skin felt tight and uncomfortable but I persisted in using it every night for about a week. After a weeks use I couldn't bear the effect it was having on my skin so stopped using it for a few days. My skin was as dry as the Sahara dessert! I couldn't even apply make up as it looked so awful and patchy.
It hurt to touch, talk or even smile but did I learn my lesson? Of course not!
A few weeks after my skin was back to normal and another breakout would not budge I found myself reaching for my Panoxyl once again despite the effects it had before. This time not only did my skin become incredibly dry and sore but I also suffered an allergic reaction. I woke up the morning after using it and was shocked at the sight of my eyes. My eyes had swollen up to the size of golf balls and I couldn't see out of the left one. I found myself on antihistamine tablets for 3 days whilst nursing the swelling with cold cotton pads!
Luckily after 3 days the swelling subsided and I was back to normal - despite still having slightly dry skin.
Was it worth it? NO!
My advice to you if your thinking of using Panoxyl is to start with the lowest percentage. They do a 2.5% and work up to a higher percentage if needed. I would also recommend you have a moisturiser on standby to avoid crocodile like skin!
Learn from my mistakes!
- Hannah Kimberley ♥