TCA Peel! - Dark Skin, Hyperpigmentation, Frosting - Grand Rapids, MI
Ok, I am a 31 year old African American male, with...
I have done Glycolic Acid Peels in the past with no substantial results. I felt that I had really tough skin and started with a 70% GA peel. They hurt sooooooooooooo bad, barely could make the 2 minute mark! Skin, afterwards, was more fresh in the way of rawness, but never did I peel or improve noticeably in the concerns of overall skin tone. I did 70% GA treatments about 1/wk until the bottle was gone. Towards the end of the bottle I had to back off on frequency of treatment and duration because it just hurt so bad and I could tell it was starting to irritate my skin. So much time has passed (1 year), no improvement or worsening of skin tone and when I discovered TCA, immediately bought a bottle of 100% strength. Ok now stop, even before the GA treatments there was a time I used an unknown product (weak) from a plastic surgery place. I, like always, was not satisfied with results and began to overly use the product until it penetrated deep enough to produce peeling. There were some areas where pink skin was underneath the flaking skin, but thank God I somehow was smart enough to keep my face moisturized during that time, all the skin turned back to its normal cooler and as well did I see improvement of some really bad hyperpigmentation spots that I still have not completely removed.
So now, now I have done a TCA peel at 16% first layer, then 12.5% 3 more layers. The procedure went like this. I diluted the 100% TCA to 16.6 percent and applied. I noticed very light frosting on one cheek and freaked and jumped in the already running shower and neutralized with baking soda water. The TCA could not of been on my face 60 seconds.... I felt as if the frosting was light enough to go at it again, but I diluted my mix to 12.5 percent for obvious reasons. So I apply another layer, and as soon as I felt any tingling/burning like sensation, I would freak out and jump into the shower and neutralize. I did this about 3 times and eventually end with a slightly even, very light frosting. And I do mean very light. Afterwards I applied my already self prepared concoction, containing - small amount of honey (for anti bacterial properties), generous amounts of Shea butter, Aquaphor, Bio-Oil, and 100 SPF sun screen, all melted together. My skin is already littered with hyper-pigmentation spots from each pimple that I have ever gotten....ever....so its hard to tell but for the most part nothing really got "darker". I did spot treat my worst area on my cheek to make sure to produce a very light frost, and I did notice it did get slightly darker. I did the procedure at about 6 this morning so I'm still day 1 I guess.....=/.... I am tempted to do another layer, right now, because I feel like I should have just let it sit on my face for a full 5 minutes, instead of doing several back to back sessions that lasted maybe 45 seconds each with neutralization's in between each. But with that being said, I did do something like 3 minutes if you add it up.....and it is still day 1 so as usual, I am just really anxious for some results! Pictures Soon!