How to avoid a being burnt with a 25% TCA peel on a black skin?

I am black and am planning on doing a 25% tca peel on my face at home. And I don't want to get burnt. What are the things you would advice I do. And I can't afford to go to a dermatologist, I have sunburns, acne scars and hyperpigmentation on my face...please help

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Do not do a TCA peel at home and do not use TCA 25% on dark skin for risk of hypo or hyperpigmentation.  Best, Dr. Emer.

Los Angeles Dermatologic Surgeon
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Treatments for darker skin types

Thank you for your question kimmy00. Chemical peels work well for facial rejuvenation. They should be applied by a medical professional. Many financing opportunities exist for those with limited budgets. Typically chemical peels as strong as 25% TCA are not used on darker skin types due to risks such as post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation (PIH). For my patients with dark skin types I recommend using topical products such as hydroquinone, kojic acid, retinoic acid, arbutin, licorice extract, niacinamide, hydroxyl acids, and vitamins C and E for one to two months prior to a treatment to minimize the risk for PIH. Please consult with a doctor for specific recommendations. Good luck!

Alex Eshaghian, MD, PhD
Encino Physician
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