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Has anyone done TCA peel at home?
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Sat Mar 14, 2009 2:06 pm      Reply with quote
Can you share how you do it? Whole face? Spot treatment? Why does the booklet say if you have herpes simplex to not use it? I don't have it but just curious on why it's related!
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Sat Mar 14, 2009 2:36 pm      Reply with quote
I have done them at home. Working quickly and evenly I applied with a large qtip to entire face. I also set a timer and made sure I had the neutralizer ready to go.

You will want to be careful to apply evenly, starting off with a low %, and research as much as you can before starting.

You can do damage to your skin if not applied evenly or left on too long. TCA does sting and does have a recovery period, IME is was about 10 days till I finished peeling.

The herpes warning is because it can activate the virus because the peel is getting deep into the skin. There are other treatments that also include this waning.
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Sat Mar 14, 2009 2:44 pm      Reply with quote
I haven't but you can read up on scalawaggirl's posts and her TCA experience on past threads.

There's a chance that u could rupture the fluid-filled blisters and spread the virus to other parts.

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Why does the booklet say if you have herpes simplex to not use it? I don't have it but just curious on why it's related!
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Sun Mar 15, 2009 12:26 pm      Reply with quote
I do them at home. I used a low strength to begin with, however, I am now able to use a higher strength. The first few days my skin feels really tight and then on days 3,4,5 it starts to peel. It does look pretty awful when it is peeling (like sunburn). However, once it has peeled my skin is lovely and smooth underneath.

I buy my TCa from Ebay, and it works out much cheaper than spending a lot getting them done by a derm. However, you do have to be careful and do a patch test, wear spf afterwards etc...

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Sun Mar 15, 2009 4:20 pm      Reply with quote
stephanie, did you have the "downtime" with the lower % TCA peels, as well, or just with the higher %?
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Mon Mar 16, 2009 10:48 pm      Reply with quote
Thanks all for responding! I was wondering what % strength everyone started off with. Then what strength are you on now? How do you know which strength is adequate? Is TCA strong enough for body skin? I wonder if I can use it to peel my stomach skin to hopefully peel off stretch marks. Is this wishful thinking?
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Mon Mar 16, 2009 10:49 pm      Reply with quote
GirlieGirl wrote:
I have done them at home. Working quickly and evenly I applied with a large qtip to entire face. I also set a timer and made sure I had the neutralizer ready to go.

You will want to be careful to apply evenly, starting off with a low %, and research as much as you can before starting.

You can do damage to your skin if not applied evenly or left on too long. TCA does sting and does have a recovery period, IME is was about 10 days till I finished peeling.

The herpes warning is because it can activate the virus because the peel is getting deep into the skin. There are other treatments that also include this waning.


GirlieGirl, how much time did you set on the timer? How did you ensure even application? TIA!
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Tue Mar 17, 2009 5:00 am      Reply with quote
I would just advise you to be careful if you do it at home. When I attempted it a few years ago it really messed my skin up and gave me acne, which I have never had. It took a few months to fix my skin back to normal.
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Sun May 17, 2009 8:01 am      Reply with quote
HI ALL!! I guess I'm doing what's called "Bumping" this thread. I've been searching through some posts/threads on TCA peels and have got a few questions. Right now, I don't want to do one on my face (I'm currently doing Obagi Nuderm) but I really hate the way my hands look and was wondering about using a peel for them. Does anyone have any experience or suggestions? Thanks!!


My apologies if this has already been addressed. If so, just point me in the right direction! Smile

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Sun May 17, 2009 11:05 am      Reply with quote
I just ordered TCA from MUAC... I'm gonna start with 8% and then go up.

My idea would be to be able to do a medium peel by December... but I still need to do lots of research before embarking in the medium peels.

For now I'll stick to superficial peels and see how it goes.
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Sun May 17, 2009 12:51 pm      Reply with quote
kims wrote:
HI ALL!! I guess I'm doing what's called "Bumping" this thread. I've been searching through some posts/threads on TCA peels and have got a few questions. Right now, I don't want to do one on my face (I'm currently doing Obagi Nuderm) but I really hate the way my hands look and was wondering about using a peel for them. Does anyone have any experience or suggestions? Thanks!!


My apologies if this has already been addressed. If so, just point me in the right direction! Smile


Hi kims,

Your post gives me an idea since I'm leery to try it on my face. I want to try it on my body like stomach. I wonder if anyone has tried TCA peel on the stomach area (or hands for Kims's question).

Thanks!
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Sun May 17, 2009 2:43 pm      Reply with quote
Bira wrote:
Thanks all for responding! I was wondering what % strength everyone started off with. Then what strength are you on now? How do you know which strength is adequate? Is TCA strong enough for body skin? I wonder if I can use it to peel my stomach skin to hopefully peel off stretch marks. Is this wishful thinking?


From what I've read you...

a. Should start conditioning your skin with Retin-A or smiliar for best results

b. You should do at least a medium-depth peel for stretch marks. The way to go for a medium peel is to first apply either Jessner's soultion (or Glycolic Acid) and then a 35% TCA peel.
Doing a medium-depth peel this way (in 2 steps) is better than doing a higher concentration of TCA, since higher concentrations of TCA are associated with side effects (like dyschromias, scarring, etc.)

The other thing is that skin injury, inflammation, etc. are all triggers for herpes. So if you have had herpes in the past, when you do your peel there's a risk that you will get an active lesion. For this, it is recommended that you start taking valacyclovir a couple of days before (and continue after) the peel.

I hope this helps.
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Sun May 17, 2009 3:12 pm      Reply with quote
Hi Josee,
Quick question: Do you do the Jessner's and the 35% at the same time or on two separate occasions? Thanks!


Also, as far as at home peels go, where is the best place to purchase?

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Sun May 17, 2009 9:18 pm      Reply with quote
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Hi Josee,
Quick question: Do you do the Jessner's and the 35% at the same time or on two separate occasions? Thanks!

Also, as far as at home peels go, where is the best place to purchase?


You are supposed to use the Jessner and the TCA one after the other (first let the Jessner act, then the TCA).

I haven't done this yet BTW I'm only starting with peels and medium-depth peels are not something I'm willing to take any chances on!

I don't have my laptop here (which is where I'm compiling my peel documents!) but what I remember is that for medium depth peels you really HAVE to prepare your skin some weeks in advance and you should also be familiar with the frosting levels of the TCA peel to be sure you don't go overboard.

I am thinking of starting superficial level ones during the summer and then during the winter (less UV) try a medium-depth.
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Mon May 18, 2009 4:39 am      Reply with quote
Thanks Josee,
Right now, I'd like to try a peel on my hands and possibly forearms, but it still makes me a little nervous. I am prepping with retinols as I'm trying to get the skin in the best shape possible.

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Tue May 19, 2009 4:31 am      Reply with quote
Here's an informative link regarding chemical peels:

http://emedicine.medscape.com/article/1125365-overview

Also some valuable information from veteran "peelers" on the MMH message board:

http://messageboards.makemeheal.com/viewforum.php?f=20&sid=7d68dee0de2e20b30bf46d8b219594f1
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Tue May 19, 2009 12:33 pm      Reply with quote
Hi Determined,
Thanks for the websites. I did read over both and they were helpful. One person on MMH had just done a peel on her hands and forearms -- like I'm thinking about doing. I'll just keep doing my research! Thanks Again!

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Mon May 25, 2009 10:03 am      Reply with quote
OK, I'm going to take the plunge! I purchased a 25% TCA peel and I'm going to try it out on my hands. I've been using a retinol product in preparation so I guess I'm as ready as I'll ever be! I'm planning on doing it tonight, so I'll be sure and post results. Wish me luck! Smile

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Mon May 25, 2009 5:59 pm      Reply with quote
I think doing your hands is GREAT idea.

Don't assume that if there is no peeling right away that it didn't work. It can take up to three days for the skin to safely lift off...

After about a week or 10 days, you can probably assist with peeling with mild manual exfoliation.

Use a nice moisturzing lotion/oil.

SUNSCREEN - Don't go and burn or expose fresh skin to UVA/UVB. (I worry about driving... keep some extra sunscreen in the car for hands...)

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Mon May 25, 2009 6:28 pm      Reply with quote
Hi Claudia,
Thanks for the info -- very helpful! My hands have always bothered me and now that I'm well into my 40's the sun damage is really showing up. It wasn't until recently that I even thought about sunscreen for my hands. Nowadays, I even put sunscreen on the tops of my feet when I wear sandals!! Laughing

BTW, have you ever used a TCA peel on your hands?

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