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Gave Myself my First TCA Peel Today - Bay Area, CA

I got the 30% TCA solution from Amazon and read...

I got the 30% TCA solution from Amazon and read the instructions carefully. I did a test yesterday on my neck, diluting it a little with water first. It barely stung and never frosted so I figured I'd go ahead and use the full strength on my face. Well, I had a lot of anxiety about doing this to myself but, wow, there was nothing to it! I Q-tipped it on, one side first, then waited about 90 seconds, rinsed, then did the other half. That was a good plan because my face started frosting right away. I should mention that I've been using retinol for 8 months leading up to this, so perhaps that's why I could take the 30% strength.

Anyway, how easy! It hardly hurt at all, and after I rinsed it off with cold water I just felt a little warm, and no pain at all. I don't like ointments so I opted to just dab on some Noxema skin cream and my face feels good, just a tad stiff. Can't wait to see what happens next. What's interesting to me is I've done alph-hydroxy peels and I hate them -- they hurt and they don't make any noticable difference. I'm hoping a TCA peel will actually do something! Anyway, I'll post again in a couple of days.

Okay, it's been 24 hours and my face looks and...

Okay, it's been 24 hours and my face looks and feels almost completely normal. I'm thinking I probably didn't leave the solution on long enough. Anyway, we'll see...maybe my face will fall off tomorrow and I'll change my mind about that ;)

Also, I said I'd done alpha-hydroxy peels before and didn't like them. I meant to say "glycolic" peels. I really think the glycolic acid peels are a total waste of time.

Okay, two days later, not much happening. My face...

Okay, two days later, not much happening. My face looks and feels pretty normal, but for a bit of tightness, dryness and slight bit of redness. I don't think it's going to peel much, but I'll see what happens tomorrow.

Three days out, I'm peeling a little, not much...

Three days out, I'm peeling a little, not much. One interesting thing, I did my neck and put it on in a low area that I wasn't using the retinol on. It turned that area brown almost immediately. All the rest of my face and neck looks normal but for a bit of peeling.

Five days out now. My face has been peeling off in...

Five days out now. My face has been peeling off in flakes. It's revealing skin underneath that looks better though nothing dramatic. But this is good for a first go. My neck, however, is having a bit of trouble. I obviously overdid it there because unfortunately I didn't read anything about how ultra-sensitive the neck is to chemical peel until AFTER I did it. I'm sure it'll be alright, but for now it's really itching. I'm using aloe vera on it. Still just dabbing Noxema skin cream on my face, which is working out well. I don't have dry skin and I also can't stand greasy creams or ointments.

Six days out-- My face is looking good and there...

Six days out-- My face is looking good and there are just a few residual flakes here and there. My skin has a better, silkier texture now. I would say this went perfectly on my face. Unfortunately, my neck is still itching and crusty (not infected though). I'm still surprised at how differently my neck reacted to this peel.

Seven days out -- still some skin shedding going...

Seven days out -- still some skin shedding going on with my face, but it's going well. Neck is coming along but I really am surprised at how differently my neck reacted to the 30% percent TCA solutioin. If I ever do my neck again I think I'll delute it down to 10%. The neck is not only much more sensitive, it's much slower to heal.

Seven days out-- Still a little bit of flaking...

Seven days out-- Still a little bit of flaking going on toward the edges of my face. The new skin on my face looks very nice. My neck is doing fine. The crusty stuff started coming off last night and there appears to be nice skin underneath, though a few spots are reddish. I'm feeling good about all of this, at this point.

Sorry, that previous post I just made was actually...

Sorry, that previous post I just made was actually at "eight days out".

I guess there is no "edit" capacity for these postings or updates...

Nine days out -- Well I would call this a success...

Nine days out -- Well I would call this a success with the caveat that I should have used a milder concentration of TCA on my neck. But that said, my neck is looking very good except for a few pink spots which I figure will fade in a few weeks. The improvement in my face is slight, so I intend to do two to three more peels on my face, spaced two weeks apart. When it's all over, I'll probably post before and after pictures.

It's been 4 months now and I've done 4 30% TCA...

It's been 4 months now and I've done 4 30% TCA peels on my face. Not a huge difference in my face for the most part. My skin looks nice, and I do think the wrinkles under my eyes have been lessened, but the TCA peel doesn't make an enormous difference, or at least it didn't for me. I'll probably do this occasionally from this point on though because it does seem to help the eye area, and does rejuvenate the face to some degree.

Conclusion: So about six months have passed now,...

Conclusion: So about six months have passed now, and I'm assessing the results of my four 30% TCA peels again. I still see very little difference, except for my eyes, where I used the solution in the under-eye area. It did improve that area, but the peels did very little for my forehead, absolutely nothing for my chin, and nothing in the way of overall tightening. I'm probably not going to do TCA peels again for any area other than my eyes. I'm using the derma stamp now, and so I'll be posting about that as I go, in the derma rolling section.

Well I guess it's been about a year since I tried...

Well I guess it's been about a year since I tried the TCA peels. I gave up on it (except for under eye area) after several months and went to derma needling, and then to derma needling plus Retin-A. Now I'm finally getting somewhere! Check out my postings in the derma needling section.

I was asked by the staff via email to update again...

I was asked by the staff via email to update again so I will. I'm not using TCA anymore because it wasn't making much of a difference. I'm using retin-a with derma needling. I'm not sure if I'll ever do a TCA peel again. It probably did a little good, but I think retin-a gets the job done better.
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Okay, so it's been four months and I've done about 4 TCA peels on my face, total. To my surprise my skin really doesn't look that different. The only definite improvement is under my eyes -- the TCA seems to really work there. Other than that, some of my freckles are faded, and maybe fine lines are slightly better, but not much. I recently used the 30% solution on my chest area and that was a big mistake. I found that the chest is much like the neck and can't take as strong a dose as the face. Anyway, it got really red and itchy for several days, but it's healing okay now, a week out. I should have diluted it down to 15%, probably.

Feeling a bit disappointed with the TCA peels I recently took up derma rolling, so I'm going to see what kind of results I get with that. I may do TCA peels occasionally, because as I said, they do seem to improve the skin a little.
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Six days out-- My face is looking good and there are just a few residual flakes here and there. My skin has a better, silkier texture now. I would say this went perfectly on my face. Unfortunately, my neck is still itching and crusty (not infected though). I'm still surprised at how differently my neck reacted to this peel.
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It's been several days now and everything came out fine. My neck is fine and looks good. I've already redone my face once, and by my results so far I'd say this is going to require a series of peels before I get to my goal -- of looking twenty years younger. So this is going to take awhile! That's fine, I have time...
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Hi Jean, 

Great review! I like the day to day updates, they are important to know for the community. I can't wait to hear/maybe see how everything ends up. Please let us know. 

Enjoy your weekend!

Thanks

-Britt

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Thanks Britt. Yeah, I like this site, but it's a little frustrating sometimes because many people don't do follow ups. I intend to give a full report on how it all goes for me so that any mistakes I make might be avoided by others.

Jean
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