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Did you do a chemical peel at-home?

  • faye
  • 8 years ago

I’ve heard a lot about chemical peels like TCA peel and Glycolic Peel. Can I save money and do it at-home or not worth the risk and go to the derm? 

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I was scared to try home chemical peels, but a friend put me onto The Cosmetic Companies Skin Define Gel Peel Range and I started on the Level 1 peels for sensitive skin, and I have done once a fortnight and my skin looks amazeballs! I paid around $30 I think from memory for the bottle which will last a year or so. Its saved me a fortune in salon treatments. Highly recommend.
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I was scared to try home chemical peels, but a friend put me onto The Cosmetic Companies Skin Define Gel Peel Range and I started on the Level 1 peels for sensitive skin, and I have done once a fortnight and my skin looks amazeballs! I paid around $30 I think from memory for the bottle which will last a year or so. Its saved me a fortune in salon treatments. Highly recommend.
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I do not get heavy peeling or downtime from using the I'm Fabulous Cosmetics Gorgeous TCA peel. My skin flake and I get great results but I use it twice in one week. I also use the Bio Gorgeous Peel from the same company and alternate with the Gorgeous TCA peel, to make it more aggressive. The Retinol 2.5% that I use every night make a great difference also on the texture of my skin. I am 59 years old.
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You definitely can do them yourself at home.. but make sure you start off on a low percentage and work your way up. (15%-30%) Don't ever go higher if you haven't had peels before! Your skin colour also should not be too dark (like Indian/African colour) Read the instuctions and always do a patch test. I have used Cosmetic Company- Skin Define peels (Australia) and Skin Lab (US) and happy with both :)
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I have had peels in dr's office, for years. In the last year I have tried my own Glycolic peels at home, 50%. First of all, I have had so many different gals do them in office. I have had heavy peeling to nothing at all. I always do the same thing before I go, which is to not do retin-a, etc...never sure why some work, some don't.. I got to where I didn't trust my money ( usually $90 per visit) going into their pockets. I tried my own that I bought from a trusted source and first did a patch test along my jaw line, wiped first with alcohol, then applied, waited 2 min first time after the test, it burns and itches just like the doctor's office ( wow) ...hard to stand..But it did fabulous. I was rosie for the day, I moisturized lightly and the redness went away over night. Skin was alive looking in morning... Two days later, ligtly flaked away dry skin but not noticbly. Waited three weeks, did it again, suffered it out through 6 min..as much as I could take..same thing only stronger peeling this time, but still not unsightly. Amazing results..I am 56 yrs old..no wrinkles due to the peels over the years..botox around the eyes ( crows feet) . My point: They are charging so much money and this stuff is not expensive. These girls are not always experienced but how are we to know when we go in..this is why I tried myself. Be careful, test your skin, do it gradually and know your limit, the intense itch and burn will make you stop. I have fair skin..I would not do more than 10 min every two weeks..it does wonders.. Makes skin soft and duey. I get mine from a famous shopping site for less than $25 and you get at least 7-8 complete peels. I do it on my hands as well. Know your skin, test and be carfeful. We are all different, take it slowly and see the difference. As I said the intense burning and itch will make you watch the clock. Get a fan on your face while it's working. I use baking soda mixed with water for a rince afterwards, keep splashing for a couple of minutes, it feels good. Then GENTLY blot dry, use a quality gentle lotion that your skin knows, (just a regular lotion that you know feels good on your skin....sleep, wake to pretty skin. It's fabulous. This is not for everyone however and I am not here to tell you to do something with unrealistic expectations.....please always test ( no using around eyes) and be careful. Healthy skin takes exfoliation..this is a super way to do it for many of us..read instructionss. I use it on all of my face and below my jawline but never under my eyes or around my nostrils. If you have sensitive areas you may not want to do that. Make sure your skin is healthy and not irritated or broken out. No expert here, just want you to have a good experience. Good Luck to all
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Hey I do the same, a fifty percent glycolic. Not as often as I should since I only do it when I know I don't have to ever be outside. It's so easy although my skin is super tough and lately it doesn't even hurt or sting! Weird.....also may I suggest vaseline, aloe, or emu oil after the peel to some? These are all protective and healing. You can use distilled white vinegar on cotton strips to clean the face
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I've done several different types of chemical peels myself. For me, the results have been the best I could hope for. I don't have sensitive skin though. Sensitive skin types should always approach with caution. I don't see anything wrong with doing a light peel at home as long as you educate yourself and follow the instructions to a T. Doctors have to cover themselves; so they are never going to recommend that u do one at home. Always test a small area of the skin before doing the whole face. This way you will see how your skin reacts to the solution. The peels done by say a dermatologist are stronger. I have had those as well and saw very good results.
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Hi, it's been 3 weeks since doing a 50% face peel I now have brown patches on my face I think they are shrinking and a bit lighter but not sure my question is will it go in time? Many Thanks Dot.
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I think deep peels like 25% and more should be only done by a professional. To much risk and you can end up with more damage. I like TCA but i like mild one, you do it slowly and more to get the same results. I alternate my tca peels with good skin lightening serums and I get great results!
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Hottotrot, what do you mean by "prep the skin"? I want to do an at-home TCA peel and am very scared since docs on here say not to, but so many got good results with a low dosage peel. Or will the low-dosage only lift til MORE damage is expsed? Do I need a deep one? ARGHH so confusing!
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I have had timeless peels multiple times, and I love the peel. You do have to prep your skin or it won't be ready for the product. The first peel, I had a little bit of skin peel away next to my lip, so I washed it off after an hour. I peeled 3 times in some areas, and my skin was beautiful. The next 3 times, my skin did not lift right away because my skin was prepped for it. It helped smooth out the rough acne scar bumpiness I had left over from years of acne, and it helped lighten some of the acne scars. My pores with a little smaller as well, too. I just had another one last night, and I expect to start peeling in the next 2 or 3 days. I will probably just peel one or two times. My skin is medium -- like a light olive color, and my skin is fine.
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Hello, i was just wondering did you have the peels done at a salon or did you do them at home yourself? Im thinking about doing the pomegranate peel from Cosmedix or maybe the Timeless one, but i'd like to do it at home.

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The pomegranate peel is a superficial peel compared to the Timeless Peel, which is a medium depth peel. Much different. I'm not familiar with anyone having the ability to do either at home. Both are professional treatments. Good luck!
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where can i get one to do at home myself?
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Please realize that a product or service is only as good or as effective as the education that is provided to the client, the compliance of the client and the expertise of the professional providing the service and instructions. Also remember, the darker your skin, the more chance of hyperpigmentation, I would not take a chance with a home peel if I had dark skin. For acne scarring you will need a really strong peel, not recommended for at home treatment, best to go to a professional. Cosmedix is the best line out there in my opinion, I have had miracles come from the use of it in my practice. However, it is a potent line that used correctly can produce amazing results, but used incorrectly, it can have adverse reactions same as any other line. Thanks!
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I am 24 year girl working in a remote-area of Africa,cannot consult a professional,but do have access to internet. I have wheatish complexion, I have ordered for TCA 10%,to treat under-eye wrinkles at home. 1)How much will entire recovery take for 10% TCA, 2)Does the skin dries and flakes in 10% TCA 3)I have heard that lower potency TCA peels take more time to heal and skin looks brown for longer as the skin does not dries & peels off as it happens with stronger-peels. 3)Is 10% TCA effective for eye wrinkles and safe for very thin delicate skin?
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Hi Alice11,

I hope you saw the expert answers to your question here:

Please explain the healing process from 10% TCA Peel

Good luck with your peel treatment!

Best,

April

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Chemical peels can work well to improve skin tone and texture.

To get the best results a patient should get a peel that goes to the papillary dermis or upper reticular dermis. (this is the depth on penetration)

To determine if you are a good candidate for this, a consultation is best.

Simply put: even if you can buy the ingredients to do the deeper peel it is not safe to do yourself.

Not only with the application be sub-standard but the alsmost as important is the after-care. You need a skilled MD to help you through the recovery to minimize side-effects and complications.

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I have had tried both at home and professional TCA peels for very fine lines and freckles. Not much difference using either and was peeling for a week. Freckles faded a bit and that's it. not impressed also you gotta question what damage these chemicals are doing. The damage is what stimulates collagen production but surely that collagen is only trying to repair the damage caused by the acid and once that has been acheived the levels will drop. Also healing becomes slower as you age so you might be left with redness and look even worse than before.
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i have done just the visits , i started with the lowest and worked my way up. i aslo went to a anestician that started me on a skin care system i use Oboge skin care it is designed for people of color i aso use organtic make up .Jane Iradell ???? i like her make up keep in mind this will take time 3 to 6 months for u to see a difference depending on how deep the scarring is .put on sunscrean when u go out .sun will darken the spots . hope this helps
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Ladies, I am dark skinned/olive toned. I had IPL 5 years ago and what a dark scar after the cabs fell of and then it was so nice for 4 days of red and then the darkness of black set in. I had 4,000 worth of TCA peels..finally faded. Just had fraxel repair and I am now in a worse position. Used an over the computer Lightener and burned my skin and that is how Fraxel came into it. I am now scarred BLACK....NOTHING IS COVERING IT. Going to the best dermatologist in town and swears that Fraxel is going to solve it after 5.. 400.00 treatments. I am ruined.
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Yah! And choose professionals that know what they are doing. Maybe a dermatologist doc. Otherwise will end up with itchy spotty red face as I did after the 40% Jessner peel at a spa where it was applied without a skin test. That was my first peel ever and I didn't know any better and neither did the professional apparently. It's been 3 weeks and my face is still itchy, not to mention that I got more acne from irritation. The good part thought is that the wrinkles diminished. The peel was done to reduce acne, and it probably would if done correctly with less irritation. I think I had an allergic reaction to it and since it was happening over the weekend I didn't even have anyone to contact about it. It was 2 days of a total hell - I had to hold ice to my face for 2 nights because it was itching so bad. The cream I got from the spa was irritating skin even more, so finally I googled an info about Aquaphor which helped a lot. I came to conclusion that peel can be as dangerous with a professional as it would be at home...
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Don't risk serious injury to save a few bucks. This is one place where it is wise to consult the professionials. Perhaps you can do an "at home" superficial (VERY SUPERFICIAL) once you have had some in an office and know how you are going to respond. Many people are not candidates for peels. The "at-home" companies are NOT going to tell you this. It looks to me like it must be safe - it's at home! HA! However, if something bad does happen. . .all is not lost. . .you will probably recover. . .with the help of the "professionals" you tried to avoid. . .but this time you'll pay for it and not even have the results of the professional peel. You are much safer trying almost anything else than trying to perform a peel at home. Why not try reloading ammunition to take hunting without knowing exactly what you are doing. . .it could be a little dangerous. . .but you'd save some money (Ok. Don't be offended. It's a joke.)
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Hey Doc - some of us are looking for a peels we can do ourselves because of the unsatisfying results from the pros. I've had expensive peels from professionals (in CA, MI, and TX). One time the pro dabbed some of the peel on a small discolored spot she saw on my chest (she did it as a "favor" to me), but it ended up looking like a permanent cigarette burn on my chest! It looks horrible and left a scar, yet I had very little results on my face. Most of the time I find that the professionals use a weak solution, but charge me hundreds of dollars and set the expectation that I will see dramatic results. However, the results are minimal, and the only dramatic result I've seen was the scarring of my chest!
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Chemical peels are nothing to laugh at. In the wrong hands, they can cause permanent scarring and pigment irregularities of the skin. In qualified hands, they can create excellent results which smooth pigment irregularities, decrease previous scarring, decrease wrinkles, and produce a natural youthful skin. Great caution should be used in chemical peels in dark skinned individuals as the risk for pigment irregularities after the peel are greater than light skinned individuals. In general there are three types of peels - light, medium, and deep. Light peels include glycolic acid and AHA peels which are often available over the counter. These tend to produce superficial results and are generally safe. Medium depth peels such as TCA peels are good for pigment irregularities of the skin. These should definitely be applied by qualified physicians with experience in chemical peels. There are risks associated with any type of peel and there are some associated with TCA peels. TCA peels can be found on Ebay but BE CAREFUL. Use them only under the guide of a physician. Deep chemical peels include phenol peels. These are good for wrinkles and pigment and produce wonderful results. Unfortunately there are risks involved and prolonged redness is not uncommon. The results though are marvelous. Just be careful and consult with a qualified physician - preferably a dermatologist, facial plastic surgeon, or plastic surgeon who has experience with chemical peels.
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