I don't have too much advice to give yet since I just did my first tca peel tongiht, but I'm excited to see what the results are. Even if it's minimal I'll be happy.
I've been suffering with cystic acne for the past 5+ years, I think i just kicked it in the butt and finally got rid of it but I'm left with all these scars & red marks. I took a bunch of pics tonight for my before pics.
The peel... I used a 12.5% from MUAC. I did A LOT of research online prior to make sure I could get the most out of this peel. I'm not new to chemical peels, I have an aesthetician I've been going to periodically over the past 2 years. She'd do microdermabrasion & a (or more than one) chemical peel. Not sure if she's ever done a tca on me before. But I've done glycolic, jessner, lactic before and they never really did anything for me. I researched the tca a lot and found that the best results for scars & red marks was the tca.
I did a test spot the other night on my jaw line on a couple marks I had, I did 3 layers until I got frosting then stopped. That was Sunday night and today it kinda started peeling. I decided to do 3 layers on my entire face and 5 layers on my cheeks which is where I had all my cystic acne, I also did one layer on my neck & chest (not even sure if that'll do anything cause it didn't even get red). My face actually frosted after the 2nd layer, mostly on my cheeks & forehead but I kept going on my cheeks. I have a high tolerance for face pain and I gotta say, the 2nd & 3rd layer were making my eyes water... although by the 4th and 5th layer I couldn't really feel anything anymore. I did the peel about an hour and a half ago and my face is barely even red anymore.
I've heard a lot of people don't experience great results with such a low peel, 12.5%, but I'd rather do a low peel and multiple layers/mulitple peels than do something really strong and screw up my skin. It seems like anything over 30% shouldn't be done at home, that's just from my online research of people posting their experiences.
Will update in a few days!
Thanks for the reply. Let me know how it goes. Do you have any pictures?
i did a lot of peels a few year back, and over time it was thinning my skin so i stopped. the skin finally thickened back up, and hte scars are still there so I would be cautious. doing a peel once every few months probably wouldnt cause a problem, but dont go crazy, because its not worth it.
What type of peels did you do? Do you have any pictures that I could see to get an idea on what your scars looks like? It would help a bunch. Thanks.