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How to Heal Skin Damaged by 25%TCA Peel

A series of 25%TCA home peels gave fantastic...

A series of 25%TCA home peels gave fantastic results in the beginning but the last one left me with scarring and dry skin similar to rosacea. It was blotchy, bumpy overall horrible. And this was still several months after the peel. My skin is almost back to normal after using a home RF device and a thoroughly researched line of skincare.(after using EVERY type of eczema,psoriasis cream, organic, natural creams-I really wish someone had told me none of them work and actually seem to irritate. I also wasted so much money on these creams! Before my current regime, jojoba oil seemed to be the only neutral thing that seemed to help but still could not 'nourish' and 'moisturize' enough, and the appearance was horrid. It was so dry. I even tried not washing it for about a month just to let the natural oils in my pores help with the moisture but to no avail. I really believe it was the combination of halyuronic serums, creams and spray and the RF/LED that has began the 'incredibly fast' healing process. It really looks great now. It has taken approx half a year to get to this point, but only around 3 weeks with current regime which is the cause for improvement. The original TCA peels left my skin waxy, firm looking and bright, which I loved, but the 'bad' one left it crepey, and even left new deep wrinkles around my mouth that I believe are permanent.


The reason I did this peel in the first place was because I had sun damaged skin growing up-never was educated to sunscreen etc. Even the best skincare did not produce any visible results(I have fair complexion with red hair and of mixed ethnicity) Then a couple of years ago(I am now 33)I had a series of IPL(ILLUMENIS) that improved my skin so much I truly was for the first time in my life happy in my skin, so to speak! After almost a year or so after, I felt I needed IPL 'maintenance' but, at the time, could not afford for the expensive IPL course (I had a terrible experience with IPL before the ILLUMENIS machine which was of a cheaper model and the expertise was minimal) so thought I did enough research to perform a TCA peel on myself. Once again, I had wonderful results so did them a few months apart over the period of a year. Then the 'bad' one was done in the winter. Perhaps my skin was too dry for the peel(also my skin care products at the time weren't great) Anyway, I hope somehow my experience helps somebody weigh up the pros and cons in their decision of a TCA peel. My only suggestion is if you do decide, make sure your skin is in optimal condition and you follow the aftercare properly and also have good products to nourish your skin when you are able to resume your normal routine. Also, do not do the peels too frequently as I feel that was part of my problem. Thanks for reading:) PS The cost below of $30 is what I paid for the TCA bottle. It does not include the xxxx amount of money for the wasted money on the useless creams, cleansers, and RF device I spent to repair the damage I did. I could have done the IPL afterall:))

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Hi, Just use alovera plant and slice it down the leaves and take off with a knife the out side prickles, and inside the leave you have a glue substance, put directly onto your skin. Do this everyday for as long as possible and your will look like new again. I hope this helps. cheers.
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Thanks for posting! I am a victim of doing the same thing to myself with the vipeel. Now I am micro needling trying to fixture own damage. Interesting though through this journey I can see the fine pine holes left from the nonablative laser that was performed on my face 2 yrs ago. How my journey began... I went into my Derm's spa for my annual IPL laser which has been done for years previously with no problems. However this time I had a new nurse doing the laser. She left me with a scar on my cheek. I was depressed. I did see my Dermatologist and he placed in a filler under the scar which helped but I wasn't happy still. I did a lot of research and decided to do some peels. I watched the videos. How hard can it be? I did several at home vi peels ... Great but after 7 or so I scared my forehead. Very depressing! I am now micro needling trying to improve my mistakes. Funny, though. Now really looking at my skin I can see the pinholes the nonablative laser left behind that I did about 18 months ago. I hope micro needling helps with that STUPID decision too. Please Never get this laser
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Paperbag. Please do not do anymore IPLs. IPLs and lasers can be VERY damaging to the skin. I'm so glad u have seen improvement but lasers have ruined my life. Just a word of caution for you and anyone else reading this. My skin has aged about 10-20 in the past 4 months, fat has melted from my face, my skin scarred excessively started one month after my laser treatment. My lips lost pigment around the edges so they look small and flat and I have ice pick scars covering my cheeks for pores. It breaks my heart and it will probably continue for two years as it does with a lot of laser/ipl damaged people. I wish i would have known this but now this is my life. I am 27 and sometimes get so tired of living like this that I wish it could all be over. Pretty sad as I was a very happy person before this. I was a nurse and just had a baby. I was ecstatic and felt blessed. Now I am a recluse. I hope someone stumbles upon this and decides not to undergo fraxel or ipl as it can change your life forever. Thank u for your post.
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I'm glad to hear things have gone back to normal for you. Thank you for pointing out to us that you think part of the problem might have been that you did the peels too close together. That is definitely helpful information. I know you mentioned you were doing them every couple of months, was that the same time frame between the last "good" one and the "bad" one?

 

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Hi Megan:) I think doing peels too close together is definitely a contributing factor to the 'bad' peel. I think over time, everytime I did a peel I did not leave enough time in between for the new skin to heal and restore to it's proper function as an 'organ'. I think I stripped it so much that by the time I went to do the 'bad' peel, it had already ceased to function as an organ and was unable to retain any moisture or even produce anything to protect itself, that's why it is was so dry and having bouts of 'eczema/rosacea'. It would be wiser to do the peels 3-6 months(closer to six months) apart. Also after the bad peel, I had prematurely peeled much of the skin because it was not good(I know-a big no no) and that would be the probable reason for the roughness. I don't know if time will heal that. I really would love to know how to get the smoothness back-advice anyone on how to achieve this? I do hope time will help. It still has a scarred appearance-you can see it in the first two photos. My skin is improving all the time, so that is pleasing.
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As a person who has just starting having peels done, this is really, really helpful information. Thank you again for sharing all this information.

Here is a Q&A that might help with your question of how to get the smoothness of your skin back.

Damaged Skin Texture from Chemical Peel?

Please continue to keep us updated on how things are going with your skin. I hope it bounces back soon, and that you are able to find products that are soothing to it in the meantime. :)

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hello, i wanted to ask you what do you mean with : My skin is almost back to normal after using a home RF device and a thoroughly researched line of skincare., what is rf device?
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can you tell me which halyuronic serums, creams and spray and the RF/LED you use??
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I'm assuming this question is for Paper Bag, so hopefully they will chime in. I personally don't use any of those products at this time.

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Hi Paolaka:) Just for the record, I am in not involved in any marketing with the brands I use, I am simply a consumer who finds that these products are working well to repair and improve the appearance of my skin. I have previously used Skinceuticals, EmerginC and for approx 10 years, Environ. Quite frankly, I have taken it apon myself to become more informed about the ingredients in products that I use and what they actually do(unsurprisingly, organic and natural doesn't necessarily mean 'good'). A brilliant website is ncnskincare.com and will better inform you on what is suited for your skintype, what is in it and what it does. From the NCN range it will be up to you as to what you need as I am sure although perhaps we have done similar things to our skin, I'm quite sure our skins and needs will be quite different so therefore you need to choose your products through research. The site is very clear and easy to understand:) One tip I suggest is to start out small and not buy everything you 'think' will solve your problem as the next site I am going to suggest has products that I find you can use in place of high end products like 'skinceuticals B5' with another which is much cheaper:))) Yay! It is Bellahut and can be found on ebay and from there you can also find their website but everything is available through ebay. I am in NZ and the shipping was superfast:)) Personally I use the carrot cleanser+toner from NCN but I only use the toner once a week and every other day I use Bellahut's Hyaluronic Acid Matrixyl 3000 and Peptide Seaweed Spray straight after cleansing. Everyday I use the Hyaluronic Gel before using either Bellahut's Hemp/Hyaluronic Acid or Hyaluronic Moisturiser. This is for most of the week then a couple of days use NCN's Multi-Active Accelerator. In the evenings I use NCN epiderm repair capsules(oil capsules you can get many varieties from other brands, EmerginC has the loveliest but so expensive. NCN is good but Health Pro have 60capsules for approx 4-5USD so it is up to you what you are prepared to pay for)The oil capsules mostly contain vitamin E and is great for epidermal repair-especially after peels, treatments etc. I NCN mostly because I know why and what I am buying as opposed to weighing my trust to the amount of money I am handing over. Finally the RF(Radio Frequency) and LED(Light Emitting Diodes)machine I have been using is called DEMI which is brilliant(in my opinion:)))can be bought from a website called mydeess.com it is a Chinese company and yes I know but really, shipping is super and I have some friends in CHina who say that particular company's reputation is very good and I do believe based on my results is really worth it's money. RF and LED is excellent but just FYI is not as agressive as IPL and the results not as quick but it definitely a more gentle and less expensive option. Sorry for the long winded answer but I just wish to give you as much info as I can based on my own experience. It's much wiser to get as much info from as many people as possible, especially with regard to treatments that have as many people having a negative experience as those having a positive one. I hope it helps you somehow!
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Hi sorry I forgot about this question:)) I meant for many months after my bad peel I was using cleansers prescribed by the doctor for eczema, psoriasis etc even over the counter products and they all made my skin worse-so when I got the RF device(DEMI) combined with the skincare(NCN and Bellahut) my skin drastically improved and is now pretty much looking really good. Thank goodness because it was pretty awful for a long time caused by the peel.
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I too seem to have gotten new wrinkles around my mouth. I never had wrinkles I just did a peel bc I thought I was getting older and my skin look a bit dull. I've been very depressed. They say its dehydration so I'm drinking water and taking vitamin using some of the things you mentioned. Your post has been very encouraging so thank you. Did your wrinkles around your mouth fade? I'm hoping mine do. Help please. Thank you.

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Hi JLR123:) I also felt really bad after getting the lines around my mouth. It was like the 'bad' peel had advanced age rather rapidly. However, the good news is, my skin is in really good condition at the moment and actually think I am reaping the benefits of the peels-although it really was a scary moment when I thought it was permanent. I think when it comes to peels/IPL etc, the most important thing to remember is that the real benefits of doing them actually are up to 1 year later that you will see improvements. So, as time passes you will notice new improvements all the time. I;m pleased to say the lines around my mouth really are very minimal now and not as deep and pronounced as they were. Also I've changed the skincare to a new line- CSS-and my skin now looks very nourished and healthy, not to mention plump, which really helps with filling out those lines around the mouth. I hope it makes you feel better to know that a bit of time will really improve your lines. Please let me know how it all goes over time:)
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please can i also have this info. ida van den Bergh
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I would like to know widh oils i can use when using the hand device. ( gliserine, tissue oil?
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Hi Ida:) The device has it's own range of serums, however you want to use something very neutral if your skin is damaged. Basically you just want the skin to be wet, perhaps ultrasound gel or something that is purely going to make the device slide. By using oils or other serums there is a risk of reaction, especially as the skin is in a fragile state.
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