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  1. 20140405 Left Cheek No. 5

    Thanks for your post. I spread out the four sessions of subcision over five years because I work a full-time job and it took at least one week before the bruising and swelling would subside enough for me to be able to return to work. Also, I've read that the collagen and elastic deposition process could take up to six months, so I wanted to give my skin enough time to heal before the next session. The final reason that I waited was it was $400 per session, so I wanted to save the money between sessions and pay cash for the treatments. While I have enjoyed a tremendous reduction in the appearance of my scarring, my skin is not perfect. All of these treatments (subcision, laser, chemical peels, TCA CROSS, etc.) have really helped to minimize the appearance of my scarring.
  2. Today is Day Seven of my 25% TCA Peel. My forehead, temples, and the bridge of my nose are the only areas that have not fully peeled yet. To help expedite the healing process, I am doing the following: 1) applying cool compresses of white vinegar water (one tablespoon of vinegar to one cup of water) to my face three times a day 2) applying tea bags twice a day to my entire face (the tannic acid is supposed to help with burns) 3) applying hydrocortisone at least three times a day. My cheeks and chin look pretty normal now. Just slightly pink, but nothing that looks out-of-the-ordinary. The good is this: I can begin to see areas where the skin is getting ready to peel. So, I am hopeful that the healing process will continue as normal. I think that my forehead is not healing as quickly this time because I may have applied too much acid and applied it a bit unevenly.
  3. The only areas that have not peeled so far during this week's peel are: 1) my forehead. It's quite red and brown looking. 2) my temples 3) the bridge of my nose I have been soaking gauze in one cup of cold water and one tablespoon of white vinegar and placing the gauze all over my forehead and cheek areas for about twenty minutes at a time. Then, I am apply aloe vera all over my face and let it dry. Then, I apply hydrocortisone cream all over my face to help reduce the redness/pink color of my skin. Before I go to bed, I will apply some coconut oil, let it soak in, and then add a burn ointment all over my face to keep my skin moist to promote continued healing.
  4. Today is Day Six of my 25% TCA Peel. The areas of my face that have peel so far include: 1) 95% of my left cheek 2) 80% or more of my right cheek 3) 90% of both jawlines and my chin 4) 70% of my chin and nose The areas that have not peeled yet are still very brown. The areas that have peeled are now pink or reddish in color. One mistake that I made during the initial application of this peel was to remove my goggles and to apply a light layer of acid under my eyes. The result was massive swelling under and around both of my eyes. Hopefully, the swelling will subside before I have to return to work in three days. I applied a hylauronic acid moisturizer on my face to my face this morning and then applied hydrocortisone cream to help reduce the swelling redness of my face. Also, I applied 50 SPF sunscreen all over my face and neck. Throughout the day today, I will be applying cold compresses on my face to help reduce and residual swelling and redness. In terms of results, the best is yet to come as the collagen and elastic fibers begin to generate as a result of the peel. In the photos below, the dark areas on my face are the areas that have not peeled yet.
  5. Day Five (06.23.16)

    Today is the fifth day of my 25% TCA at home peel. Right now, I think that I look my worst. I have a very tight shell of brownish/red skin covering the outer layer of my face and I have swelling around my eyes. Based upon the tightness of my face right now, I would imagine that I am going to continue to peel heavily for the next 48 hours. I have already had small sheets of skin come off, but I expect even larger sheets of dead skin to peel off like a snake over the next two days. I am keeping my face lathered in burn ointment. Last night, I put hydrocortisone cream around my eyes to help with the swelling and used ice packs, too. I've never had this type of swelling around my eyes before, so I am really glad that I am at home and able to heal in the privacy of my own home. I am going stir crazy and I can't wait for this healing process to end, though. I'm ready to be able to go outdoors again and stop being a hermit. I keep reminding myself about how good my skin looks a week after the peeling has subsided, so that keeps my mind in a good place.
  6. Day IV (06.22.16)

    The skin on my chin near my nose/cheek area is beginning to come off in small sheets. I expect to have the most peeling tomorrow and on Friday.
  7. Day IV (06.22.16)

    Today is day four of my 25% TCA peel journey. My face is very brown, tight, and feels as if I have saran wrap or cellophane tape wrapped around my wife. My left and right eyes are swollen and look kind of droopy. It appears that I have aged 20 years or so and my face is beginning to crinkle more and more. Peeling has begun near both side of my nose and at the corners of my mouth and on my chin. Photos are below. I'm growing a bit stir crazy since I have been cooped up in our home for the past four days. I'm keeping my face slathered in burn ointment to help the healing process and I'll probably take another warm shower later today to help with the exfoliation/peeling process.
  8. Day IV (06.22.16)

    Today is day four of my 25% TCA peel journey. My face is very brown, tight, and feels as if I have saran wrap or cellophane tape wrapped around my wife. My left and right eyes are swollen and look kind of droopy. It appears that I have aged 20 years or so and my face is beginning to crinkle more and more. Peeling has begun near both side of my nose and at the corners of my mouth and on my chin. Photos are below. I'm growing a bit stir crazy since I have been cooped up in our home for the past four days. I'm keeping my face slathered in burn ointment to help the healing process and I'll probably take another warm shower later today to help with the exfoliation/peeling process.
  9. Day III - 25% TCA Peel (06.21.16) Photos

    It's nearly 8:00 p.m. on day three of my 25% TCA peel. I just took a warm shower to help with the peeling process and my face is beginning to 'crinkle' around my nose which is a sign that major peeling should start in the next 12-48 hours. My face looks very brown right now and I am ready to shed this old skin. I don't like being cooped up on the house especially when it's summertime and I am on vacation. Hopefully, I will have shed this 'dead skin mask' by Friday and I can get out and about.....
  10. 20150624 Day Five

    Right now, I do a 25% TCA peel once a year.
  11. My face is becoming progressively tighter and tighter as the day goes on which is a very good sign. As you can see below, my face has turned reddish/brown and it feels as if I am wearing a tight mask or have cellophane tape all over my face. Tomorrow should be the beginning of a two or three days of intense peeling.
  12. When I woke up this morning, I was a bit surprised when I looked in the mirror. Both of my eyes have swollen and my right eye looks a bit droopy today due to all of the swelling. I wore goggles when I applied the acid, but later removed them to apply a thin coat of acid under eyes and on the sides. I didn't dare try to do my eyelids - too risky. My face is pretty swollen, too, and it appears that I am wearing a brown mask on my face. I suspect that peeling will begin either late this evening or sometime tomorrow as the cycle is pretty predictable based upon past peels. More photos to follow later.
  13. My Battle with Acne Scars

    If you have rolling scars, then I can only speak from my own experience that subcision, dermarolling, and chemical peels have truly worked in synch with one another to: 1) greatly reduce the appearance of my scarring 2) greatly improve my skin tone 3) greatly improved my self-confidence I had four laser treatments several years ago and they did absolutely nothing to help my appearance In fact, they were a total waste of money If you have rolling scars, you need to deal with the underlying cause: tethered scar tissue that creates the dimpled look on your skin. Dermarolling/stamping also has helped create collagen in my skin and I have done multiple 25% TCA peels which have also created collagen, elastin, and improved the overall tone of my complexion. Treating acne scars is a difficult and frustrating process because everyone's skin is different. I encourage you to look at a wide variety of options and definitely read people's reviews of the various treatment options.
  14. Day Two (06.20.16) 5:35 P.M.

    It's evening time and I can feel the skin on my face beginning to tighten. I've lathered my face in burn ointment to help with the healing process. Our youngest son just told me that my face looks like an 'onion' and he can see visible signs of my face tightening because it's beginning to 'crinkle'. I'll take his comments as proof positive that the process is working. Looking forward to seeing what my face looks like tomorrow.
  15. Did TCA Cross ruin my skin? :(

    This is a sound advice. Keeping the wound moist with vasoline/aquaphor will definitely help the healing process. Also, stay out of the sun to avoid any potential hyperpigmentation issues.
  16. Day Two (06.20.16)

    It's been less than 24 hours since I applied the Jessner's Solution to my neck and the 25% TCA acid to my face. This morning, you can definitely see where I applied the acid to my face there is a clearly defined 'line of demarcation' between the skin treated with the acid (kind of reddish/tan) and the untreated skin (white, normal looking skin. I hope that my neck peels, but I have never used a Jessner's Solution peel, so we shall see how that goes. I am glad that I have done many TCA peels in the past. Otherwise, they are kind of scary because the acid is quite strong and is painful when applied to your face. But, the results have always been worth it for me.
  17. Day One - 25% TCA Peel

    At 9:45 p.m. today, I decided to do two separate peels: 1) A Jessner's Peel on my neck I've never done a Jessner peel before, but I read in several places that it is safe to do this type of peel on your neck. I washed my neck thoroughly and then put alcohol on a cotton pad and removed any oil and soap from my neck. I purchased the peel from www.skinobsession.com and I applied three coats on my neck. My skin became red, but it didn't frost. 2) A 25% TCA peel on my face I believe that this is my seventh 25% TCA peel. I washed my face and then applied alcohol on a cotton pad to remove any oil and soap from my face. I put on a shower cap to pull my hair back from my face and put on swimming goggles. You definitely want eye protection with this type of peel. I put on rubber gloves and applied a total of three layers of the 25% acid to my face. My face frosted and I took several photos. It was very painful and I had a fan in our bathroom which I positioned to blow directly on my face. It certainly helped to reduce the pain. I covered my face with burn ointment and I will be sequestered in our home for the next week while my skin peels and heals. Photos to follow.
  18. No, I have not had any type of fillers yet. I have not ruled them out forever. I don't like them because: 1) they can be really expensive 2) they are temporary I am still dermastamping and I am getting ready to do my annual 25% TCA peel. Both of these procedures have really helped to generate a lot of collagen in my face. . If and when I ever decide to get fillers, I will definitely repost and put a disclaimer on any photos that I might post. Hang in there, everyone, and fight the good fight for better skin. -Matt