Hi, I purchased a bottle of 100% TCA solution that needs to diluted. They suggested I use 50% because my legs have alot of small brown spots as a result of me scratching. Is using 50% too strong for my legs as well?
50 Percent TCA Peel for Legs?
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I'd just love to know who "they" are!
I type this answer with my mouth open. I cannot believe people would sell such a caustic substance online. Experienced dermatologists and plastic surgeons know 50-100% TCA is inappropriate for off-face use because of a variety of medical reasons too complex to discuss here. We prefer 35% TCA for the face and that area is the safest area to peel. Needless to say, suggesting 50% TCA on the legs is irresponsible advice.
I recommend you throw this TCA away. The last person I saw who had a "do it yourself " online TCA peel had to spend several hundred dollars and 2 weeks inside before the scars were corrected.
TCA peel for the legs
I agree with the other responses to your question. The safest way to administer chemical peels is under the direction of a physician. The likelihood of producing scars on the legs with 50% TCA is extremely high. It is simply irresponsible for vendors to sell 100% TCA to individual consumers. I'm glad you asked your question in this forum as you have likely saved yourself a great deal of heartache.
Do Not Use TCA on your legs
I do not know where you were able to purchase 100% TCA but do not use this in any form, dilution or fashion on your legs. You are playing with fire. If you use too strong of a solution or if it is not properly applied you will burn your skin and have permanent scarring. I would never suggest the use of TCA at any dilution for the legs. You will be best served by seeing an experienced plastic surgeon or dermatologist for an evaluation.
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Please use TCA under the direction of a physician
TCA is considered a medium depth peel. However,a full depth could be reached if a high concentration is used or layering of the peel is done. I would highly recommend that you use the TCA under the direction of physician. I'm very surprised that you could purchase a highly concentrated TCA without a physician. To be specific for the concentration on the legs,i would start with 15% first and go deeper as needed.
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