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First TCA Peel, Day by Day

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I give up. my skin looks the same as it did before the peel. I'm going to assume that I either did not apply enough TCA or should have applied a second layer after the first five minutes.

I'm going to try the peel a second time when the December break comes around, and I'll post again then! :-D

I figured that today would be the day I would see some action from the Peel, but I'm wrong; there is nothing. There is absolutely no peeling and I'm not even itching, so I'm starting to wonder if it didn't work. :-(

This morning I washed with the Green Tea Cleanser and applied only my Oil-Free moisturizer with SPF 30. I had errands to run, so I followed my regular makeup routine of foundation, powder, blush, and eye makeup.

It's 5:09 PM right now, and my face is the same. I have SUPER oily skin, so I suspect that maybe the oil is keeping my face from harshly reacting to the peel... The instruction for the peel do say that most people don't start peeling until Day Four, so maybe tomorrow will be different!

Day two was a breeze. Last night I washed my face with the Green Tea Cleanser, put on a relatively heavy layer of Neosporin, and went to bed. When I woke up, I repeated the wash and put on a very thin layer of Neosporin and topped it off with an Oil-Free moisturizer with SPF 30. I proceeded to get ready for my day, allowed the stuff on my face to absorb a little, and followed my regular makeup routine of foundation, powder, blush, and eye makeup.

I went through the entire day just fine. No swelling, no redness, and very little itching as if I had done nothing the previous day. When I came home around seven, I washed with the Green Tea Cleanser, added a thin layer of Neosporin, and went to bed around ten, having completed a successful Day Two.

This will be lengthy, I apologize before you start regretting this:

I went ahead and did my first TCA Peel today. I ordered the product from Makeup Artist's Choice ( for $26.75. I also bought a sample of the Aloe w/Lavender Soothing Gel just in case the healing process became painful or something. In total, with Shipping and all that jazz, I paid $30.46. I know it's still a little bit pricey, but it's a hell of a lot cheaper than the hundreds that are charged to have a TCA Peel done professionally.

The kit comes with the peel, a Green Tea cleansing gel (or bar, they will send you either), gloves, and a little bonus gift. On your end, you will have to supply: baking soda and water for neutralizing the acid, Vaseline, Neosporin, sunscreen 30 SPF, anti-itch cream, the moisturizer of your choice, and patience. I know this may seem like a lot to provide on your own, but really, it's mostly stuff you have just have around the house anyway.

I've attached pictures of my skin. As you can see, I have scars, some pigmentation issues, and clogged pores. I don't think you can see those so well, but they're there.

I washed my face with the Green Tea Gel, and patted dry. Some people follow up the wash with alcohol, but I was afraid to do this because it wasn't on the instructions the company provided, so I did not. If you want to do this, go ahead, it seems to work fine, if not better, for others. I then applied Vaseline around my eyes, on my life, and the more sensitive parts of my nose. After this, I grabbed a cotton ball and went to work, applying the Peel to my face, moving from the forehead down to my jawline and set my timer for five minutes. The peel stung more than it burned. It was a little bit itchy but nothing unbearable. After the five minutes were up, I neutralized and dried, waiting for the skin to completely dry. Afterwards, I applied my Neosporin (actually the generic brand, so first-aid ointment if you want to get fancy with it) and now here I am, writing this and feeling fabulous so far.

I'm planning on drinking loads of water for the next couple of days because that is supposed to help the peeling process. For now, I'm done with day one and will update soon!

Sooooooo, I've always been plagued by bad skin, and for the past eleven years, I've suffered. After hours of Google-ing, I found that a TCA (Tri-chloroacetic acid) Peel at home was probably the best option for me because: A) I'm poor, and the equipment for this process is cheap. B) It's relatively easy to do and C) I have the opportunity for downtime because of the Thanksgiving holiday.

My background:

I've been using ProActiv for about seven years, and it's been just okay for my skin. At one point I had cystic acne, and ProActiv helped me clear that up. Unfortunately, it doesn't do much for scars and I still manage to break out here and there with many, MANY clogged pores (read: blackheads).

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