As far as I can tell, my skin has stopped peeling. My face is slightly pink and it appears that I have another successful 25% TCA peel. Hopefully, my face will continue to produce additional collagen from this peel.
It's 9:15 a.m. I checked my face in the mirror earlier this morning and my forehead was massively peeling; the skin came off in large sheets. See the attached photo. I lathered my face in wound/burn ointment as well as Aquaphor last night before I went to bed. My nose is still peeling and I have some spots on my face that are also peeling. My face is no where near as red as it was yesterday. My skin appears to be healing quite well.
10:10 p.m. Earlier in the day, I was concerned that perhaps my face was not going to heal as quickly as the three previous 25% TCA peels that I did because my face was still brown and covered, for the most part, with dead skin. I went online and did some research and remembered that I had not used Aquaphor on my face this time as in the past. I also took two showers with warm water and that helped to loosen up the remaining patches of dead skin that remained. In addition to the Aquaphor, I found an ointment in the house for burns/wounds and spread this all over my face. Within a couple of hours, the remaining patches of dead skin had sloughed off quite easily. Even the redness has improved. The only area that has yet to peel is my forehead - hopefully, that too will peel tomorrow.
4:25 p.m. My face continues to peel and burn. There are areas that have not peeled at all such as parts of my right and left cheeks along with my entire forehead. Because of the redness, I decided to do some vinegar soaks and applied the vinegar solution (one cup water + one tablespoon of vinegar) to my face with cotton pads. I just applied Aquaphor to my face to help keep my skin moist and to help with the healing process. I did five layers of 25% TCA this time, so I know that the healing process will take longer. Hopefully, my skin will be back to 'normal' by this Monday, November 4th when I have to return to work. I'm going to take another warm shower this evening and hope that the steam helps to loosen the remaining areas.
I woke up this morning and could feel that my face was feeling extremely tight. I had used warm compresses on my face last night to help expedite the peeling process and, apparently, it worked. I have massive peeling right now - I sort of look like 'snake man'. My face is peeling off in sheets. A 25% TCA peel is, by far, the most effective and deepest peel that I have ever done. This is my fourth peel and my skin has reacted exactly the way it has with my previous three peels. My wife and I are supposed to go to a social event this evening, so I am hoping that my face will have completed most of its peeling by tonight. I've found that taking a warm shower or using warm compresses does help to expedite the peeling process. The attached photo will show you how the skin peels in 'sheets'.
Today is the third day since my 25% TCA peel. My entire face looks brown and my skin feels extremely dry and very tight. The photo to left will give you an idea of how your skin might look on the third day after a 25% TCA peel. It appears that my skin has aged 50 years or so due to the tightness and wrinkled appearance - perfect for Halloween! I expect massive peeling in the next 24 hours or so. I'm taking photos to document this journey. I read on a doctor's blog that TCA peels cause collagen formation and the development of elastic fibers within the epidermis. Some people have written me and asked why I am still doing chemical peels after the improvement that I have seen. The answer is simple: this is a maintenance and anti-aging program. Collagen diminishes as we get older and as UVA\UVB rays damage our skin.
DAY ONE Last night, I decided to do my fourth 25% TCA peel. When I looked at the bottle, there wasn't a whole lot of TCA left and I was concerned that I would not have enough to even cover my face one time. I decided against using a cotton pad to apply the peel as pads absorb too much of the peel. So, I decided to use a rubber glove to apply the peel to my face Before I started the peel, I washed my face and then used a cotton pad soak in alcohol to remove any traces of oil, soap, or other residue. I've learned that removing any residue off of your face after washing it is critical to a good peel. I put on a pair of swimming goggles to shield my eyes and applied Aquaphor to my lips to protect them as well. I applied one coat and let it sit for a few minutes until it turned 'white'. All in all, I ended up adding five layers of TCA to my face. As you can imagine, it burned like crazy and my face turned extremely WHITE. It burned so much that my eyes were watering...... I woke a couple of times in the night as my face was sore, but the pain was not that bad. DAY TWO My face look as if it is slightly sunburned and appears some what 'brownish'. I can feel that my skin is just beginning to tighten a little bit. This is a good sign and I would imagine that my skin will continue to turn browner and tighter over the next 48 hours as it prepares to peel.