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Educate Yourself First - Denver, CO

I prepared my skin for a year with Retin-a and and...

I prepared my skin for a year with Retin-a and and 6 months alternating with a properly pH balanced AHA serum. In the past, I've had professional glycolic peels and microdermabrasion at hundreds of dollars. None have produced the results that the 25% at home TCA peel I did on myself have, and it's not even finished healing. The new skin being revealed so far is pink, and healthy looking. I'm looking forward to the full results. I will do this again in a few months.

I can see how those uneducated could be frightened by the healing process. I have read extensively on this peel, but there was still a part of me afraid that my face would not heal. Take excellent post peel care! I used aquaphor + neosporin for the first 4 days then switched to cracked skin relief cream by derma e. I did not go into the sun without a 30 spf mineral sunscreen, hat, and sunglasses.

Other considerations: I am not susceptible to cold sores, but using the peel around my mouth provoked a small breakout, which is clear in the pics.

One week Post 25% TCA Peel and I'm mostly...

One week Post 25% TCA Peel and I'm mostly healed. There is still some redness where I double and triple treated. Results: tighter skin, refined pores, very refreshed looking, two age spots gone. Very pleased and will be doing another peel in 4 weeks. Then giving my skin a break for 6 months.

This is about the 3 month mark and I just wanted...

This is about the 3 month mark and I just wanted to reiterate how I feel this is worth it. I have taken a pic today, and made sure I was on a bad day (partied too much over the weekend, and been eating terribly, eyes have been puffy because of this, unshaven, direct lighting, etc), and I am still thrilled with the face I see in the mirror. It seems to get a little better everyday. I was ID'd for alcohol over the weekend and she couldn't believe I was over 30 (I'm 38). I do take immaculate care (aside from the partying and sometimes poor diet :).. ) of my skin on a daily basis, but nothing made this kind of difference and I will do another in 3 months.

BTW, that is not a wrinkle on my right (left in...

BTW, that is not a wrinkle on my right (left in the pic) eye, it is a scar. This picture is unretouched.

Hey guys, I just wanted to give an update. I just...

Hey guys, I just wanted to give an update. I just did my annual 25% TCA a few months ago, mid-July 2012, right before my 39th! I applied it full face and neck, and triple applied under eyes. It took the usual 7 days to peel. I once again used aquaphor day and night and washed with Dr Bronners baby mild.

I have also been using a 20% salicylic peel monthly to maintain. I attached a new pic from a week ago. It shows a really nice even skin tone. My skin is so bright! IMO, chemical peels are absolutely the key to maintaining youthful skin if you cannot afford a surgeon. I'm thinking if trying the 30% TCA/Jessners selling on amazon. Anyone tried?

30% TCA

I finally got up the courage to try a 30% peel under my eyes and I want to warn anyone doing this at home that this is some serious stuff. I ended up peeling and scabbing twice during the healing process and I'm still red under my eyes after a month! it was almost in danger of turning brown due to hyperpigmentation. Luckily the community here had excellent advice and I used a hydroquinone cream twice a day as well as a hydrocortisone ointment at night. Be careful! I've never been so frightened by what I did to myself, and I have experimented with a lot of things on myself! That all said, people constantly think I'm in my early twenties. I highly recommend getting a TCA of 25% or higher once a year

30% under eye peel finally healed

And i look super good! I'm now almost 41 and i am always mistaken for 21-29. BTW, not sure i would do another 30%. It scared me pretty good when it took three months to heal.
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