I only left the TCA 30 on my skin for about 2 minutes. My skin was not as red as I thought, but then again, I only left it on for 2 minutes instead of the recommended 4-5. My skin did peel a lot, after it got crinkly, and the entire skin peeled. I'm afraid that I would look not representable to the public for way too long if I leave it on longer. I did moisturize like crazy. The peeling itself is not that bad, but it's the very brownish looking skin, that will then turn VERY red.
How to Reduce or Improve the Downtime for a TCA 30% Peel?
Doctor Answers 3
At home TCA Peel
You really need to consult with a board certified facial plastic surgeon, plastic surgeon, or dermatologist. A TCA peel should be performed under the direction of a reputable physician with the proper training. Pre and post procedural care is extremely important for favorable results.
Improve the Downtime for a TCA 30% Peel?
From your post it sounds like you self treated. I'm TOTALLY against this. Seek in person evaluation. From MIAMI Dr. Darryl j. Blinski
Prepping for a 30% TCA Peel
Using 30% Trichloroacetic Acid on the skin is not a home procedure. It sounds like you are having some features of a typical reaction to TCA placed on skin that is not primed for a peel. I would never recommend using something like 30% TCA at home, even by someone with experience. 30% TCA peeling if not done properly can result in uneven pigmentation at best and scarring in bad circumstances. There is a reason this is largely left to physicians, even in places with less stringent guidelines than in the US.
That being said, there are definitely ways to prime your skin for a peel beforehand to reduce or improve the downtime associated with your peel. The list includes Vitamin A &C, Retin-A, Glycolic acid washes, Clarisonic and Omnilux LED treatments. There are benefits of different regimens and a specific regimen should be calculated with your skin risks and cosmetic complaints. Good luck!